So, I got a new job!
I've been teaching social justice to students with incarcerated family members at Balboa High School for the past six years. I really have loved it--it's been invigorating, purposeful, inspiring, and has taught me so much. But, I've been doing it for six years. And people like me get restless.
When Voice of Witness contacted me about a new position in their Education department, it seemed like serendipity. (You may remember that I worked on their latest book about women who suffered abuses while incarcerated?)
Voice of Witness is a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to depict human rights crises through the people who've suffered them. The people I'm working with are amazing--almost as amazing as Voice of Witness itself. :) My new job, basically, is to work with the Education Director on creating new curriculum around the books that come out, supporting teachers around using our books & curriculum in their classrooms, and teaching folks the importance of/how to do oral history. I am so excited! Check out all the books here.
Change is a little scary. It's emotional leaving a beloved job, even if it's the right time. And right now, I'm in the thick of end-of-the-year madness at school, learning the ropes at Voice of Witness (I started part-time last week), babysitting 1-2 evenings a week, and teaching at the prison on Monday nights. All on a broken foot! Suffice to say, I'm busier than ever.
But I'm also really grateful for this new opportunity. Sometimes the universe gives you what you need at just the right time.
On another note, I'm obsessed with these shoes, but can't justify buying them since I can't wear anything remotely close to this until the godforsaken boot comes off: