I stumbled onto the education beat fresh out of college as an intern at the San Jose Mercury News. It was the summer, so with schools closed, my editors figured I couldn’t mess up too badly. But the superintendent in East Palo Alto was indicted on 19 felony conflict-of-interest charges, and I quickly had my hands full. As I helped cover the case and learned about the inequalities facing students in the East Palo Alto district, I developed a passion for urban school reform that has continued to grow in the 12 years since. In addition to writing and editing about education, I now teach yoga to teens and families
in an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn, and I serve on the board of a nonprofit
that provides yoga to at-risk and incarcerated youth. Here are some samples of my stories.
FROM THE HECHINGER REPORT
“A Promise to Renew”: I am contributing to a yearlong series following a struggling Newark school in collaboration with the Hechinger Report, NJ Public Radio and NJ Spotlight.
FROM THE BALTIMORE SUN
Profile of Andrés Alonso
: The Baltimore schools chief, who has attracted national attention for the improvements he has made to public education there, gave me extraordinary access to follow him through his first 18 months on the job.
“Big Job” op-ed
: When Dr. Alonso arrived in Baltimore, I wrote him an open letter about the challenges ahead.
Filipino teacher series
: Baltimore is one of many cities that turned abroad to fill hard-to-staff teaching vacancies. I spent a year trailing a teacher who left her husband and three young children in the Philippines to teach special education in a troubled Baltimore school. My series inspired the 2011 PBS documentary “The Learning.” Replay an online chat
I participated in about the film for the PBS NewsHour.
: The blog I wrote for The Baltimore Sun. See the archives from May 2009 and earlier. In one of my final entries
, I explained my reasons for volunteering to be laid off by the newspaper.