What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically, professionally?
The one really nice thing about quarantine is that it’s given me a chance to take a step back, revisit the things I love, and discover new talents. I’ve spent more time on the phone with my loved ones than ever before, baked dozens of loaves of bread, and walked over 100 miles. I’ve also picked up a new hobby, furniture restoration!
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar Alumni? If so, how?
I’ve found that social media is a great way to keep up with my Bezos family. We’ve also kept in touch through our group chat on GroupMe. Most recently, a few of my fellow Educator Scholars have been sharing ideas to get students involved in the upcoming election. It’s a great way to reconnect and share brilliant ideas.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
My favorite documentary on Netflix right now is Becoming. It’s a great feel-good, inspirational film whether or not you’ve had a chance to read Michelle Obama’s book. I also started reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. It’s a great book for anyone stepping into a new leadership or those looking to become more audacious leaders.
Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
I’m so glad to be working with my students again. I spent the summer worrying about the transition to virtual learning, but my students have shown me yet again just how resilient they are. Their tenacity inspires me and gives me hope for the future.
Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
Sometimes, when I’m having a tough day, I scroll through my pictures from the Aspen Ideas Festival. It takes me back to my mindset of that inspirational summer and gives me the motivation to power through.