The Little Things

After nearly a year and a half, we did it! School is back in session.  Gateway has been my home and my family for more than twenty years. And yet, during the eighteen months of distance learning, I rarely even set foot in our buildings, let alone felt the power and purpose of our schools.  […]

The Words We Need

During the pandemic, Nancy and I watched our fair share of television. Not gonna lie – when shelter in place first started, we sank low and watched The Tiger King. Since then, we have wound our way through British and Australian crime dramas, all of Schitt’s Creek, and everything from The Queen’s Gambit to Sex […]

Back At It!

Depleted. Full of self-doubt. Even with the pandemic seeming to turn a corner in California, I ended the school year burned out. I declared in January that my goal for the year is to “roll into 50 (on September 2nd) like a badass,” but in June my confidence was shaken.  After launching Everyday Leadership last […]

Leading With Heart

Last month I participated in a workshop called Own Your Voice, led by one of my heroes, Grace Kraaijvanger, founder of The Hivery. Grace’s goal was to help “entrepreneurs, writers, creatives and seekers describe their work, wisdom, and talent with confidence.” In the workshop, Grace shared nine pillars for owning your voice. Here is a […]


My first paid job after I graduated from college was almost working at Barnes and Noble. I had been “interning” (a fancy word for volunteering) for several months for both the Superintendent of Alameda Unified School District and for Senator Feinstein, and I needed a paycheck. The holiday season was approaching and Barnes and Noble […]

Black Excellence Is…

Recently, I interviewed a group of twelfth grade students for an article on Black Excellence in Gateway’s quarterly newsletter, The Gate. I was completely blown away by the wisdom and maturity of the students. Somehow, they already understand such an important truth: our greatest power and impact comes from being our true selves. Everyday Leadership […]


February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and I think it’s fair to say we are all a little starved for it. In this time of increased tension and social mistrust, kindness is more important than ever, and it is an essential part of everyday leadership. Treating people with kindness is a way of […]

Know Your Boundaries

A few weeks ago, I shared 5 Ways to Be a Badass.  #3 on the list is “Know Your Boundaries.”  I remember the first time I stepped into a classroom as a new teacher. I had no idea if I would be effective with boundaries. I am not the loudest or firmest person, and I […]

Adventures in Badassery

A couple of weeks ago, I boldly declared that my overarching goal for this year is to roll into 50 like a badass. I spent Winter Break preparing. Like a good Virgo, I approached the project methodically. Armed with brightly colored sticky notes and my favorite pens, I set about creating a plan. I didn’t […]

5 Ways To Be A Badass

My overarching goal for 2021: Roll into 50 like a badass. I turn 50 on September 2nd.  The start of a new year is often a time of introspection. I appreciate this intentional pause between what has been and what will be. I relish the opportunity to delineate a fresh start and to create intentions […]


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