Since I was "that" kid who played school, complete with daily worksheets and chalky hands, I am an educator by birth; it is who I am at the core. As a lover of words and stories, I strive to use language as a method of empowering my students to empower themselves. A proponent of social justice, I taught Language Arts for a decade in at-risk schools around Denver. In pursuit of a life of adventure and stories outside the American paradigm, I am currently teaching English in an international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I also believe deeply in positive adult culture as a critical agent of sustainable achievement in schools.