I joined Teach for America right out college and have been obsessed with all things education ever since. The original plan was to teach for 2 years, give back to the community, and then move abroad indefinitely. It didn't really work out that way. I served out my two year commitment with TFA in the South Bronx, then worked a year at an education non-profit in NYC. Afterwards, I moved abroad and taught for a year and a half in Taiwan/Colombia. Now, I'm back in the States teaching 4th grade at a charter school in DC. My kids are amazing. And I'm really good at making them stay in their seats.
Outside of working (and I do work a lot), you can usually find me on U Street or Mount Vernon Square grabbing dinner and drinks with friends. I do cook when I can, but I prefer other people's cooking to my own. You probably would, too.
I have aspirations of living abroad again. The world outside always seems to make me just that much more daring and adventurous. I tried rock climbing and capoeira while I was living in Bogota. I ran the hash (look it up!) when I was living in Taipei. It was awesome. I do get antsy staying in one place too long, so whenever I can, I travel. If I do end up staying in the States forever, though, I hope it's back in New York.
There are few things I'm not passionate about. From the food that I eat to the kids that I teach to my political beliefs - I tend to feel in extremes (and sometimes voice them loudly). I love animals, especially puppies. NPR is always on in my car. I really enjoy karaoke and fresh squeezed orange juice. I really dislike rain. I don't even enjoy listening to it from the comfort of my home. And, I love Legos - really, really love Legos. I grew up outside of Atlanta, so every once in a while, you'll catch a southern twang in my speech. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
As for a partner, I want someone who gives effort. Like, the first time we go out - don't ask me to find a place. And I'll probably think more highly of you if you pay that first time out (maybe it's a southern thing...). I value honesty. For example, if you say you work out "5 or more times" a week but still have an "about average" body... c'mon. Unless you have a serious medical condition, let's at least make what you write believable. Lastly, it's important that my partner can spell and construct grammatically correct sentences. Never underestimate the importance of proofreading.