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21

Sep

humansofnewyork:

"What’s your biggest goal in life?""To afford to live."
(Chi Linh, Vietnam)

humansofnewyork:

"What’s your biggest goal in life?"
"To afford to live."

(Chi Linh, Vietnam)

Coming soon… “My charter school experience”

28

Jul

"It’s a Regents Diploma too"  #textoftheday!  #davebyrd… 🏆🏆🏆

"It’s a Regents Diploma too" #textoftheday! #davebyrd… 🏆🏆🏆

05

Jul

Mensch

Mensch

02

Jul

Humans of New York: post of the (my) day!!!

Humans of New York: post of the (my) day!!!

01

Jul

10 things kids of all ages can do over summer break!

  1. Learn how to Swim!!!-Take swimming lessons (did you know that there are public pools all over the city) what I’m most excited about this summer is the fact that children can get free swimming lessons at Lincoln Park Pool…
  2. Make some extra money! If you aren’t working for a summer youth program, or are not old enough to work, start your own summer hustle (duh)… The most lucrative hustle I can think of is selling water…. You can buy a case of 24 for less than $5 (and) sell each bottle for $1 each (that would be a 400% profit boys and girls)!!!  ***other ideas: babysitting, car wash, lawn work, recycle cans***    image
  3. Join the public library… Seems corny? Idk why… not only is the library (literally) one the coolest public places you can find during the summer months… most library’s have programs for students of all ages during this time… not to mention the fact that you can rent DVD’s for free, use the computers, and hmmmm read a book ;)
  4. Make a “Summer Bucket list”-  there must be things that you’re interested in doing, why not write it down and get it done!
  • drive in movie
  • hiking
  • go camping
  • teach yourself how to bake 
  • learn how to sew or knit
  1. Get creative! Create an IG page devoted to the summer 2014 and every day this summer take a picture that is rare and beautiful and indicative of your summer… hashtag it “#mysummer2014” or something like that! :) looking for inspiration check out the Humans of New York Page
  2. Volunteer… Please don’t even bother saying you’re bored… not when there are churches, libraries, and retirement homes that need people to help with the population they serve! And remember if you’re bored… you’re also borrrrrrrrring! So help somebody… it’ll make you feel amazing!image
  3. Find a mentor! The benefits of having a mentor are endless, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with seeking one out! A mentor can be a teacher, church member, or any adult that models behavior that is positive, and inspiring. They can also help introduce you to things that you may not normally have access to. (consult your parents first)
  4. Take a summer school course! Why not get ahead of the game! Summer school shouldn’t and isn’t just for children who didn’t perform well during the school year… you can use it to your advantage to take a new class or brush up on something you learned during the school year. Remember if you don’t use it you lose it so give your brain some exercise during the summer months!
  5. Be an ALLY!!! (Take Action…Stop Bullying) Research how you can start an Anti Bullying campaign in your school or local community!image
  6. Start a Book Club
  • Find other friends/family who are interested
  • Choose a location
  • Find Books that are age appropriate
  • Have fun!

30

Jun

Inspired yet? What’s not to love about this Humans of New York pic and caption!?

Inspired yet? What’s not to love about this Humans of New York pic and caption!?

23

Jun

I was just tryna invest in her future! She didn’t know it at the time and couldn’t really appreciate it… but my love and devotion to her (my mentee Ashley) and her education trumped any ill glares that might accompany the disappointment she felt when she opened her bday present… to find it was just a measly dictionary! Lmaooooooo (she gets it now)! Somebody say GOALLLLLLLL! 🙌

I was just tryna invest in her future! She didn’t know it at the time and couldn’t really appreciate it… but my love and devotion to her (my mentee Ashley) and her education trumped any ill glares that might accompany the disappointment she felt when she opened her bday present… to find it was just a measly dictionary! Lmaooooooo (she gets it now)! Somebody say GOALLLLLLLL! 🙌

17

Jun

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

10

Jun

4 days left of school…. So here come the pics and letters!!!
Thanks Lia!!! ❤️🏆

4 days left of school…. So here come the pics and letters!!!
Thanks Lia!!! ❤️🏆

09

Jun

Everyday I have the opportunity live my dream! I get to teach our tomorrow and I never take it for granted! I don’t get paid a lot of money, and rarely are any accolades bestowed  upon me but I get to see my little (big) caterpillars transform into butterflies!!! How awesome is that! (Thank God for this opportunity) and Jasmine (1st pd) for my apple! 🙌❤️

Everyday I have the opportunity live my dream! I get to teach our tomorrow and I never take it for granted! I don’t get paid a lot of money, and rarely are any accolades bestowed upon me but I get to see my little (big) caterpillars transform into butterflies!!! How awesome is that! (Thank God for this opportunity) and Jasmine (1st pd) for my apple! 🙌❤️

23

May

My Cup is full

On May 18th I had the honor of serving as scholarship chair for my sororites Scholarship committee! Serving in this role fulfills my heart in a way that is difficult to put into words. I have found my passion in life and it was only reaffirmed by allowing me to interact with 12 of the most dynamic young people the Capital Region has produced! 
My Sorority sister hit the nail on the head when she said the students we had to turn away were phenomenal … So what does that say about the young people we were privileged enough to award with merit and incentive awards! 


These young people figured out the recipe not only to resilience but also to success. One recipient was dealing with over coming the loss of his father, another wrestled with over coming rejection from his father, while another struggled with being raised by a single father. They varied in their socio economic backgrounds, and their desireD career paths but I was overly impressed that they were all determined to effect change in the world. They have ambitious hearts and resilient minds and a desire to help people! The 12 recipients who all came from minority backgrounds spoke to the over 250 guests HEARTS had at the Desmond. They inspired them and made them proud.

On this Sunday afternoon I was not only able to discuss why my greatest passion in life is working with children… I was able to show case how special they are. Thank you to these young people for allowing me to get a glimpse of the discipline, resilience, and self less behaviors you have had to display for the past for years. My cup is full! 

21

May

The ambition is real and the standards are high!!! 5.21.14 #livingthedream #lovemystudents #educateagirl

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Love this!!! 🎶

Love this!!! 🎶