I began running in 2003, when my students at Randolph High School encouraged me to run some laps with their indoor track team. By the spring, I ran the Cape Cod Marathon, and I have run 12 marathons since. Students inspired me to start my marathon journey, and they have been part of my running throughout. I coached the Randolph track team, and I ran the Providence Marathon twice with the Newton South Dreamfar Team. This year, I met my life goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon--by 8 seconds!
As an English teacher at Newton South High School, I feel honored to run my first ever Boston Marathon for Newton Schools Foundation. NSF supports programs that encourage high achievement for all students, and I have personally benefited from their work. Students in my class have participated in the Courageous Conversations about Race program, which NSF funds. Further, I have attended several professional development workshops through the Teachers as Scholars Program. When I led an international global education trip to Argentina, several of my students received support from the GELF scholarship fund. I can’t wait to run up Heartbreak Hill, giving high fives to my students along the way!
For more information about the charity, see: http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/.