"A million little things that have culminated into learning to first listen and then trust my gut/intuition."
Give me a little insight to where you are in your life right now with career, goals, dreams.
I'm in a time of transition as I approach the end of my mid-twenties. After spending the first 5 years out of college in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, I've found myself back in Chicago this summer to end my Teach For America tenure as a Social Justice & Equity Seminar Leader. This fall I'll begin a Master's Program in Ed Leadership & Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I dream of being a school leader back in Chicago, working with communities, students, and families to build equitable systems that allow for all students, specifically students of color in low-income communities, to live into their incredible potential that is all to often marginalized, oppressed, or forgotten. After that, I want to be a yoga teacher and work to continue bringing mindfulness to schools and make the practice of yoga more accessible for all ages, background, and identities.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
During my first week of teaching, I texted my Mom during my planning period panicked because I realized I had no idea what I was doing or how I was supposed to be a teacher. She texted back a quote by Mary Ann Radmacher that has stayed with me the last 5 years: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'"
How do you live a sustained life?
I don't think I've mastered this yet. However, running, walking, biking, and yoga have proven to be extremely beneficial to my mental and emotional health, and allows me to balance work and life. I've also found spending time with friends and family is extremely grounding, and I've gotten a lot out of actual therapy in the last 3 years...having a 3rd party, unbiased ear to listen is extremely helpful in sustainability and something I recommend to everyone!
Something you've learned in the past year?
A million little things that have culminated into learning to first listen and then trust my gut/intuition.
Why Chicago to live and work?
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, but didn't spend a lot of time in the city. I'm so excited to be returning closer to home and to bring the lessons I've learned in education and working toward equity to my work in Chicago.
Piece of clothing that has made you feel your best?
I have a pair of white pants I bought a few summers ago that fit like a glove and always bring out my best, most fun self.
What does personal style mean to you. Do you have any style icons?
I see personal style as a means of self expression and personal artwork. I sometimes think of it as what message I want to send or impression I want to give, and then plan my outfits accordingly. I think Michelle Obama is as close as I could get to a style icon - I love the confidence and classic style she brings to everything she wears.
What makes you proud to be a woman?
I'm proud to be a woman because I don't know where the world would be without women. As Beyonce says, we run it. I'm proud that women are able to wear many hats, juggle many priorities, and have worked to fight for themselves and marginalized groups throughout history that still continues today.
Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!