My road in life took a while to figure out.
Thought about law or medicine.
Realized those were my parents dreams, not mine.
Tutored at a settlement house in NYC.
And I loved it.
Got an MA in Education.
Started teaching history.
Moved to a few places in the world, teaching.
Became a high school principal in Hawaii.
Keep following my journey


High School
New York University
History, General
New York University


Educator, School Leader, Consultant

Educator and Consultant

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Though I'm taking a year off now to write and consult at Shoah, working as a high school principal was so much fun. I visited classrooms to see what students were learning. I attended games, plays and dance performances. I shared all the incredible things that were happening on campus with the community. I helped students and families overcome challenges, and find solutions to issues. And I met a whole new group of students each year, while keeping in touch with the students that graduated.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

In college, major in something you love. Chemistry, theater, literature, math, Spanish, or a combination of different things. Become expert in something you want to spend your days immersed in, and something you want to share with others. I was a history major because I loved stories and problem solving. Avoid majoring in education because that comes with the advanced degree and the job--in other words, the real world experience of teaching is priceless.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should be a lawyer and a doctor. Anything else is a waste of your brain."