About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... it helps me stay true to my heart.

A good day to me is when ... I have helped someone smile.

My hero in life is ...Mom, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and you!

My favorite book is ...Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I remember how small I am in relation to the universe.


Teaching + T: Altruism And Meaning

Mar 15, 2019, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Altruism And Meaning. From altruism in the youngest children to cultivating kindness in kids to the desire to make a difference with your work - all of us strive for meaning in life.

Teaching + T: The Nature Of Listening

Mar 01, 2019, 4 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: The Nature Of Listening. "The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." --Ralph Nichols This issue explores the importance of listening and the impact it can have on everyone.

Teaching + T: Students Learn From People They Love

Feb 15, 2019, 1 comments, 5 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Students Learn From People They Love. Some say values are "caught" rather than "taught". This issue explores the role of emotions, relationships, and active experience in learning values.

Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Intrinsic Motivation

Feb 01, 2019, 6 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Intrinsic Motivation. This week's articles remind us how happiness, character development, and art can motivate students and increase academic success.

Nuggets From Melissa Stephens's Call

Jan 21, 2019, 2 comments, 15 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Melissa Stephens. Melissa Stephens is a spirited elementary and middle school teacher with 24 years of classroom experience, a wife, and mother of three children. At Kent Middle School in Kentfield, California, she created a groundbreaking Service Innovation class based on research of how service learning can cultivate student leaders. In 2015, she received the Golden Bell Award on behalf of her school district, for their work with this class. An author, poet, and actress, Melissa produced and starred in a one-woman show, based on her journey of healing through abuse experienced as a young child. She authored Little Miss and Spirit Bear's Kiss, a children's book about rediscovering one's light after walking through darkness. She reflects, "My journey here has been one filled with self-discovery and healing which guides me to live my educational philosophy: 'Be the person you ... Read Full Story

Teaching + T: Purpose, Words, & Mentors

Jan 18, 2019, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Purpose, Words, & Mentors. What do a high school teacher, Mr. Rogers, and successful mentors have in common? They all help young people succeed. The articles in today's newsletter remind us that we all can make a difference in a student's or mentee's life.

Melissa Stephens: Being Who You Needed When You Were

Jan 16, 2019, 2 comments, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Melissa Stephens: Being Who You Needed When You Were YoungerReflection questions: Our guest this week is a teacher who lives by the educational philosophy: "Be the person you needed when you were younger." Who is a memorable mentor or teacher in your life? What qualities did they embody, and what about them left an impression on you?

Teaching + T: Many Ways To Be Smart

Jan 04, 2019, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Many Ways To Be Smart. From a school that focuses on its students' many talents, to Sesame Street's first character with autism, to maker spaces enriching classroom learning all over the country - these stories remind us that there are many ways to be smart.

What's Love's Business Plan?

Dec 30, 2018, 12 comments, 30 smiles As we wind down on our final days of 2018, I'm reminded how around this time last year, a crew of volunteers were bustling into action, scheming up surprises for a palpable “Gandhi 3.0” retreat last January. After the gathering, with so many folks brimming with energy to spill forward the goodness, it felt natural to collectively deepen further through a 6-week virtual Laddership Circle, to learn from each other, explore transformation-led design principles, experiment within ourselves and with our communities, and engage labors-of-love that reflect the emergent field of collective wisdom. Last Spring, 18 of us from 9 different countries signed on, and what a journey it was! Below are some of the many highlights. “What’s love’s business plan?” Ana genuinely asked. "What system designs create the conditions for transformation?" We quickly realized there's no one-size-fits-all answer, but it was remarkable to witness how the collective space of the circle supported each ... Read Full Story

Teaching + T: Human Spirit In Classrooms

Dec 21, 2018, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Human Spirit In Classrooms. As 2018 dissolves into 2019, these articles serve as reminders of the power of the human spirit in classrooms -- from "undercover agents" who spread invisible smiles, to ten ideas that foster a spirit of giving, to a teacher who holds space for embodied learning -- by having kids teach themselves!