This past weekend was BY FAR the longest run I've ever done and in three weeks we'll be adding another five miles! There's still a lot of work to be done. I'm still fundraising for the Brookline Education Foundation, an awesome organization that gives grants and funds professional development opportunities for teachers. I'd appreciate your financial support and if you could make a donation today (fundraising page linked below) it will help me go the extra (five) mile(s).
Thanks for your continued support!
Hola! I’m a second-year math teacher at Brookline High School and I’m running the 2019 Boston Marathon for the Brookline Education Foundation. I thought I’d share answers to some questions I’ve gotten.
You are from Southern California. What are you thinking, training for a marathon in freezing New England weather??
Honestly I’ve kind of always enjoyed running in the cold. The “feels like zero” is too much and my hands hurt even with two pairs of gloves on. I’ll run in the 20s anytime though. When I went home for the holidays my training felt uncomfortably warm.
You’re running for the Brookline Education Foundation. Why?
I absolutely love Brookline High School’s culture of intellectual curiosity. I’ve never seen anywhere like it and it is the reason I chose to come back after student teaching here. The BEF is a large part of making that curiosity possible, encouraging and supporting it in the faculty. I’m honored to be a part of making sure that can continue on. Plus at BHS, I get to see first-hand the effects of this support on our students.
Can you give an example?
In our math department, we benefit from grants such as “Connecting BHS Math Students with the 21st Century Through Coding” and “Identity Curriculum Development.” I’m involved in the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Program, a peer-led program that helps teachers work together to become more adept at handling issues around race and inequity and improve work with students of color.
I’ve heard soccer is a big part of your life. Who is your favorite player?
Cristiano Ronaldo. I grew up watching him play with Manchester United, flair and fun. I always talk about the Brazilian style of Jogo Bonito, the beautiful game, and Ronaldinho as the model of that, smiling and having fun.
What advice have you gotten from your students?
I have a few students who run and we’ve talked about shoes and pacing. One of my kids even offered some ideas for fundraising. They’ve been very supportive and ask consistently how things are going.
What was the best day of training so far and why?
There was a day we ran 14 miles. When I finished I felt fantastic, super fresh still. It hit me that I had just run a half marathon and it literally felt effortless. Felt very happy. And then I compared my time to my half marathon time from my half-ironman triathlon and it was a full hour faster!
… and the worst?
The day I woke up extra early and ran in “feels like 0” for our whole 8 miles. Our SEED class is on Saturdays and overlaps with our training runs once a month. I wake up extra early to make sure Im not late to SEED. When I started my phone said it felt like -1 and when I finished it said it felt like 2. I didn’t have sensation in my fingers for a full 20 minutes after being inside despite having worn 2 layers of gloves.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
In one way or another yes. When I was six years I said “I want to go to MIT and get a PhD in math.” The follow up to that was to be a professor and do research. I went to grad school hoping to continue that dream after MIT, but while there I realized the teaching aspect was my favorite part so I focused on that.
What would you share with your students about the experience so far?
The struggles haha. I laugh about the injury and the getting sick. I joke about how I run in the freezing cold and at like 11 at night. It is fun to laugh at the pain and the kids get a kick out of me being a crazy person.
What’s your favorite post-run meal?
I always fill a water bottle with skratch hydration formula and kick back. Honestly that’s the constant, but if I have some vanilla greek yogurt and berries that’s a blessing.
What do you do for inspiration?
I enjoy the challenge so the pain and struggle are inspiration. When I need a little extra though its great to see what everyone else is doing on Strava or watch some cycling videos on youtube of crazy climbs.
If you have any questions about the work that the Brookline Education Foundation makes possible, you can reach out to me or visit BrooklineEducation.org
Learn more at www.teambrookline.org.
Please help me fundraise to continue building the sustainable culture of intellectual and educational innovation and excellence.
Team Brookline, the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team, is a committed group of adult runners who train together for the Boston Marathon while raising funds for five partner charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Brookline Teen Center.
Since its inception in 2012, more than 125 runners, supported by friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and each other, as well as local business community, have raised $1.2 million to strengthen our community and make a true impact in the lives of all who live, work, or go to school in Brookline. When you train and run with Team Brookline, you strengthen our community, expanding access to mental health care, literacy, the arts, youth development programs and education.
Learn more at www.teambrookline.org.