1. My parents. I couldn't make it without their love and support. They mean the world to me. I cannot express how thankful I am for them.
2. Andrew and Ben- They're turning out to be amazing men and I am so glad to have them as my brothers. They make me a better sister and a better person. I am so proud of the men they are becoming and I know they are going to do great things (and already have). They are a constant source of inspiration and motivation, especially when serving my male students.
3. Anna - I wouldn't have survived JMU without her. She knows how to be girly and excited with me over stuff, but she also keeps me grounded and brings me back to reality when I need it. She's best friend.
4. Karen- When she moved into our apartment senior year, I wasn't sure what to expect, but she turned out to be one of my best friends. She can make me laugh whenever I need her to and whenever I have a crazy story, she's the one I go to.
5. Mike- He makes me super happy and I kind of like him :)
6. My education- Over the past year and a half, I've realized how lucky I am to have received such a great public education. I've seen the disparities between urban and suburban education. It's so unfair and definitely something I want to help make a difference in.
7. JMU- Everyone says that college is the best four years of your life and I can definitely say that's true for me. It was a life changing experience and probably the best decision I have ever made.
8. City Year Boston- If college is the best four years of your life, then City Year was the best single year of my life. That experience helped me grow as an educator, a friend, and a person.
9. Holly Moulton- I served in her classroom last year and I learned so much from her. She was an incredible mentor and an amazing teacher. I couldn't have asked for a better partner teacher last year.
10. My twenty first graders- They were seven, but they served as a constant source of joy and inspiration last year (and this year). I am so proud of the progress that they all made last year. They are some of the funniest, cutest, and toughest kids I know and they deserve everything possible.
11. Jadanies, Jahnelle, and Michael- My three middle school course coaching students. At the beginning of the year, I was super intimidated by middle schoolers, but they made (almost) every afternoon the best part of the day. I learned to love and embrace sass and attitude. I taught them math and ELA, but they taught me so much more.
12. The fact that I have a job, a roof over my head, and food in my belly. It's something my students worry about everyday and I'm glad I don't have to worry about it. Ever.
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy