Here’s my ‘Just-the-facts’ Bio:
- Yale Lecturer on Early Childhood Education, Yale Child Study Center
- Certified teacher (pre K-2nd grade)
- Licensed Preschool director
- Occasional journalist (TIME.com, Washington Post, Boston Globe, etc.)
- Harvard College ‘house master’ (aka. crazy person who elects to live with 400 undergrads)
- Early career in the public health sector
- Semi-marketable letters after my name (suggesting flair for personal reinvention/lateral career moves): A.B., Harvard College (anthropology); M.P.H, Johns Hopkins University (public health); M.A., University of Pennsylvania (communication), M.Ed., Lesley University (early childhood education)
- Rewarding career at the intersection of children, society, and schools (including long stint in parent volunteer vortex).
My Bio, the narrative version:
I’ve spent many years — as a teacher, parent, preschool director, public health professional, college administrator, and now Lecturer in early childhood education at the Yale Child Study Center – trying to understand the impact of cultural and political forces on young people. Wait, you’re not riveted? Could I interest you in my treatise on… fair trade pornography?
I have broad interests but I’m generally concerned with the things that shape young lives: politics, school boards, scientific findings , media, parents, religious institutions, and so on. You can find all of my work on children/young adults under the heading, Kids These Days (above) and my collection of posts related to women’s issues at The XX Report. I am a contributor to the Ideas page at TIME.com and occasionally share a byline there with my husband. I’ve published a few opinion pieces for CNN.com, the Financial Times, Boston Globe, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Washington Post, and elsewhere, and you can read my blog posts from Huffington Post here. Here’s my take on child development, the importance of empathy, the politics of breast cancer, sex trafficking, why summer camp is a good thing, the death penalty, birth control, college binge drinking, my inexplicable Kristen Stewart crush, school shootings, and other topics here and here and here and here.
I try to cast a wide net with my thinking, but I always come back to certain themes: How do we balance collective and individual responsibilities? How do we live in a plural society without resorting to fist fights?
How many more Sephora purchases can I make before my husband notices?
Spending an adult life with young people, as I’ve done, offers a weird mix of sublime and mundane. It’s impossible not to be moved by the freshness and honesty of their dreams. It’s equally impossible not to be overwhelmed by the workaday headaches of shepherding kids into some semblance of adulthood…
I’ll stop there. A little voice has been whispering in my ear for a few minutes, grabbing me at the legs and whining like a house cat: Shut up! Thank you, inner voice. But I do have some thoughts about contemporary life that I’d like to share. And I may sound like an Oscar reject, but I’ve just always really wanted to write. It helps to imagine an audience, so please accept my sincerest thanks for stopping by.