A Little Bit About Me
It was surreal sitting at home watching replays of past Boston Marathons on TV knowing that I should have been running on Marathon Monday with the support and love from my family and community pushing me closer and closer to that finish line on Boylston Street. I am so excited to run in September and incredibly grateful for all the community has already done to raise money for the Brookline Education Foundation.
I know that whenever we arrive back in our building at the Coolidge Corner School we will face even more challenges together. The teaching and learning we will come back to will be very different from when we left each other in mid March. We will be working on healing the emotional trauma our students and families are going through right now. We will be rebuilding the community as we reconnect physically. We will be mitigating the effects of the school closure on academic growth and achievement for students.
Our teachers at CCS are working so hard during this closure to remain connected, keep building relationships, and provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities for the children and families that our part of our community. Our team has risen to this challenge of teaching and learning in a pandemic with grace and an incredible growth mindset. Our whole staff has learned new ways of teaching and connecting in a short amount of time and transformed their professional practices with determination and resolve. I am inspired by their work, collaboration, and effort every single day.
Our educators need our support to do their best work now and when we return. The need for professional development to address the above challenges will be wide and deep. I want to do whatever I can to ensure that our educators have access to whatever classes, seminars, online courses, workshops, and conferences they may need to attend and create to help our students thrive beyond this school closure. I want to support our staff in continuing to engage in learning new practices as we refine our approaches to distance learning so if we need to close again we are prepared with all the tools needed to support you and your children.
Now, more than ever, the charity runners for the Boston Marathon need the support of the communities for which they run. Many large scale fundraising events for the various organizations had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. As such, these organizations, such as the Brookline Education Foundation, are relying on us runners to help close the gap so they continue to do their work.
On what would have been Marathon Monday after a quiet run to clear my mind, my daughter and I went out to our backyard with our cowbell and donned my marathon gear from the 2016 Boston Marathon. We cheered for the random runners that passed by on the Minuteman bike path just like we do every Marathon Monday on Beacon Street. It gave us hope, new goals to work towards, and reminded us of the resilience and perseverance each of us has inside.
In his speech at the memorial service for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, then President Obama shared this quote “Run with endurance the race that is set before us.” We are all running this race together as we support one another through this challenging time. We need to dig deep right now to find those extra miles in us and endure this closure and time apart from one another a little longer. I can’t wait to get back to marathon training, the long miles and hills, knowing that with every step we are supporting and building up our community. That stretch of Beacon through Coolidge Corner is going to be all the more sweet come September for so many reasons. Until then, I’ll keep dreaming of and working towards the athlete’s village in Hopkinton and those famous turns, right on Hereford and left on Boylston.
About Team Brookline
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.
In 2019, Team Brookline was in the top 25 of all Boston Marathon charity teams.
Since its inception in 2012, more than 155 runners, supported by friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and each other, as well as local businesses, have raised $1.675 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.