One decision changed my life! My junior year in college, I decided to study aboard in London for six months. This is where I developed my love and passion for traveling! It is had to believe that before this trip ... I had never left the country!
I have traveled all over the world by myself. I took a year off in 2004-2005 and spent the year volunteering and traveling around the world. My year started by spending three months on the Peace Boat. Then I traveled around South East Asia. I went back to Japan and spent another three months on the Peace Boat. I finished my year by traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti before returning back to California.
Kanazawa is a beautiful city that is rich in both culture and history. Located in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Chubu region of central Japan, it has one of the best preserved samurai and geisha districts in all of Japan. I lived in this beautiful city for two years while teaching English to Japanese students through the JET Program.
Way back in 2004, I left Japan by boat! I sailed around the world on the Peace Boat! The Peace Boat took most Japanese passengers on a three month trip that started and ended in Japan. The main goal of the Peace Boat is to create peace, understanding, and protect the environment and oceans through direct contact and education with local people. We went to ports of call including Vietnam, Athens, Greece (for the Olympics), Sri Lanka, Egypt, Norway, New York, Guatemala, and Vancouver, Canada. I taught English on board the ship. I was lucky enough to take a second trip aboard the ship that same year!
I taught second grade at Munich International School before moving to Monterey. The students I taught were from all over the world, some were native Germans, some had never lived in Germany and didn't speak and German. This was my first experience learning and teaching at an International Baccalaureate School! I fell in love with how engaging student inquiry in the PYP (Primary Years Program) can be, the collaboration between colleagues, and how the whole school worked together to create caring, globally minded students everyday!
Still one of my most memorable trips ever! Back in 2009, before moving back to California and to Monterey, I hiked 500 miles all the way across Spain! On average I hiked about 15 miles per day. I arrived in the city of Santiago to celebrate Dia de Santiago! The fireworks were amazing! The next day I hiked for three more days to reach the Atlantic Ocean in Fisterra! I hope to hike the Camino de Santiago Again! Buen Camino!
I love to read! I always have a stack of books by my bed, on my coffee table and in my bag! I am usually reading at least 4 books at one time. Usually one or two professional books about teaching and one or two books just for fun! This summer I read The Growth Mindset Coach, Writing Strategies, and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. I enjoy a wide variety of books!
I love teaching! It brings me absolute joy each day to be in the classroom working with students! I also love technology. Reading these funny memes about teaching makes me laugh out loud!
I qualified and ran the Boston Marathon in 2014 and 2015. This was a dream of mine! It showed me what I can do when I set my goals high, stick to a plan, reassess, and persevere through difficulties! My whole family came to watch me run this race! It was my PR (personal record) for a marathon at 3:37:07! It took me over three years to reach this goal! My first thought when I crossed the finished line was how my cheeks hurt...I had been smiling the whole 26.2 miles!
This is one of my favorite songs to put me in a good mood! I just makes me want to dance! This video also shows all the best dance clips from many movies that I have seen. This song just gives me energy and makes me want to dance! Also, I was a dancer and a cheerleader in high school.