I'm joining Service Space because ... I am an educator who believes that fostering creativity, critical thinking skills,social emotional learning, and place based service-learning are all vital components in educating our youth.
A good day to me is when ... I have given back
My hero in life is ...Someone who inspires and cares for others. We have many heros in our world.
My favorite book is ...There are so many...Simple Abundance:A Day Book of Comfort and Joy, Improving Schools from Within and The Book of Joy.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Our world and my community,family and friends!
Jan 23, 2019, 2 comments, 6 smiles In our Educators Laddership Circle this week, I was reminded of this beautiful poem: Now Are The Rough Things Smooth by Mary Oliver Now are the rough things smooth, and the smooth things stand in flickering slats, facing the slow tarnish of sun-fall. Summer is over... And therefore the green is not green anymore but yellow, beige, russet, rust: all the darknesses are beginning to settle in. And therefore why pray to permanence, why not pray to impermanence, to change, to - whatever comes next. Willingness is next to godliness. Once I watched a swallow playing with a feather, high in the blue air. The swallow wanted to fly and frolic; the feather just wanted to float. Many times the swallow dropped the feather, which drifted away, then went diving and careening after it. There are so many things to do in this world, and so many things to be done. Right now I'm glad to be agile and insistent. But, later! Then, I'll be happy to give up the quick burst, oh darling and important world, and just float away. ~ Mary Oliver, Now Are The Rough Things Smooth, from What Do We Know, Poems and Prose Poems
May 16, 2018, 2 comments, 20 smiles Last week, inspired by a recent visit from Nimo and his call for a "Heart ❤️March" -- our students embarked on a walk to spread smiles and kindness around our school neighborhood and community. The kids were beaming of kindness and joy! It was truly magical -- full of so much L️OVE! Teachers Denise and Sara’s planning included our entire community! The kids and families were amazing to watch!
Dec 17, 2015, 6 smiles The ripples continue at Mulberry School PLANTING SEEDS OF KINDNESS, reaching out to our Los Gatos community... Recently, our school's Gardening and Cooking Teacher, Debi Sabo, along with Lisa and Amy’s First and Second graders, created nature bouquets of kindness to take to the residents at the senior residence down the street. The students created nature bouquets using plants from our school garden, arranging them in recycled cardboard formed vases, filled with love, and presented them to their new friends. The students enjoyed lively conversation, stories with lots of smiles. The residents told their life stories and one woman sweetly kissed a child’s cheek to say thank you. A 97-year old woman told the story of how she arrived to the US from Italy when she was only seven years old. Her father was a baker. As she talked about her experience, her face became so alive and she couldn’t stop smiling ... Read Full Story
Oct 29, 2015, 1 comments, 9 smiles After Nimo's visit to our school last month, we were all charged up to keep the spirit going! This most recently rippled into a smile experiment inspired by his upcoming Planting Seeds music video, and the kids' energy has been incredible! This Tuesday, our 5th graders kicked off a "Smile Campaign" at downtown San Jose City Hall-- sharing smiles galore-- while today, we held a "Smile Campaign" by a Starbucks close to our school in Los Gatos. As we were walking back from the adventure with the 3rd and 4th graders, a woman stopped me by our school as she was getting out of her car. It turned out she had just gotten a call from her daughter, who was just at Starbucks. She saw the smile signs and our students had given her a handmade smile card-- an interaction that just filled her with joy inside! The woman continued to tell me that ... Read Full Story