Holidays with IHSD!

The non-profit I work for, IHSD, was hosting an annual mid-year retreat, which also happens to be a holiday party celebration with all staff and faculty. I was particularly excited to see my former co-teachers again from when I used to teach in Half Moon Bay.

This photo was our group of teachers taken in September 2009. (L-R: me, Teacher Carmen, Teacher Claudia, Teacher Anne Marie, and Teacher Dora)

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Holidays with IHSD!

Seasons of Love with IHSD

Original post was featured on IHSD’s blog.

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My first season with IHSD started in the fall of 2008 in a coastal town with a one classroom preschool site next to a pumpkin patch. After two years of teaching, I continued to stay engaged with IHSD as a volunteer, an advocate, a member of the growth committee, and most recently a staff member. My seasons with IHSD have been nothing short of mission-driven with the growing belief that all children should have access to quality early childhood education.

As a staff member, I recently had an opportunity to be back in the classroom and lead an art project. Ahead of the 35th-anniversary event and IHSD’s inaugural fundraiser, I was inspired by my seasons with IHSD to lead a painting project for the live auction.

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Seasons of Love with IHSD

Illustrations with New Relic

It was fun to help former colleagues create posters for their culture activities at work!
Shoutout to Maria Stopak for leading Toastmasters club (aka Nerdmasters) and Virginette Acacio for leading Filipino Lunch ‘n Learn at New Relic!

“They look so good, I love them. It’s helped us get a few new members!” – Maria

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Illustrations with New Relic

Leaving the New Relic “Aquarium”

My desk at New Relic, Inc. started out 2 years ago in a high traffic area. So to meet new people, I would ask teammates who walked past to draw me a fish.

I explained that I felt like we were in an aquarium swimming to and from on the 10th floor where marketing sat. (My Pre-K teacher side was clearly showing itself.)

After a few months, I was able to collect a variety of fishes that I put on display by my desk. (And then I decided to collect other post-it drawings and then I moved desks…but anyways I finally took out the fishes on my last day.)

And what I saw was that an aquarium is beautiful when we have different fishes swimming in it. :)

Thanks old and new fishes for joining my New Relic journey! Now off to swim in a different aquarium!

Leaving the New Relic “Aquarium”