On the subject of strong women, 2 of my favorite roles: artist and teacher. The 1st photo was taken back in November 2007. Gina Armfield took this picture of me @ my dear friend, Carol Parks', house. We took a 3-day Lynne Perrella workshop called "Frida's Trunk". The 2nd photo was taken a few years ago, in my classroom @ Garfield High. These are some of my "girls" with me. I am very proud of these girls: Maria, Elvira, and Pam. I had these girls for 3 of their 4 years of high school. They are all independent, intelligent, educated, and strong women. And of course, I am a little presumptious to think I had just a little bit of influence on them. Now, it is their turn to influence the next generation of women! Kelly asked me yesterday why I haven't "fucking posted"? Well, besides the fact that I have never worked this hard in my entire life, 2 weeks ago, I got a chance to go back to my teaching roots. I taught for a week in the CAHSEE English boot-camp. I had 14 students; 13 boys and 1 girl. I worked SO hard that week. I was exhausted every day. I taught 2 periods in the boot-camp, then switched back to my Assistant Principal role for the rest of the day, each day. As tiring as that week was, I felt so good about teaching again and having that opportunity to connect with students in a way I don't always get to do as an administrator.