My name is Jake. I am a first grade teacher in Honolulu, HI. Hawaii is not my home, just an adventure and chapter from my life. I like to think of myself as an educational journeyman. I was born and raised in New Mexico. My parents still live there and I will always consider it my home. New Mexico has always been there for me. It is where I met my husband Derrick. It is also where I met my son (or soon to be son) Pickle (code name for privacy). Both of those great meetings happened between life journeys and have turned into two of the greatest journeys of all. My educational and life journey started in New Mexico and took me to Colorado, where I made many 20 year old life mistakes, and taught Headstart to a mostly transient Mexican population. From there I ventured to New York City, where I taught in the South Bronx and continued to grow into an adult by living and learning from my choices and mistakes. I met the man of the dreams and moved back to Albuquerque, NM and taught in a diverse public school near a military base. We became foster parents during our time in Albuquerque and I journeyed off the educational grid for a year, giving myself over to the experience of being a foster parent. I resumed my path here in Hawaii at a private school that boasts Pierre Omidyar (Ebay Founder), Steve Case (AOL founder) and Barak Obama (current president) as famous and influential alumni.
I am also now on the path of parenthood, which has been such a powerful and exhausting experience. When I "came out" as a gay man, I never thought I would be able to marry Derrick (we did, legally, in December 2013) or become a dad (which we will be, legally, sometime this summer), so I am in chapter of my life where I am so grateful. And with this gratitude, I feel a responsibility to put more good into this world, since the universe has been so kind to me and my family.
My blog will be a two-fold sharing. I will share my ideas, struggle, celebrations, and wonders about teaching in a 21st century classroom, and I will share my journey as a dad.
Thank you for coming on this ride with me!!
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