My Writing Process Blog Tour

I was an interdisciplinary major in college because I wanted to do so much. Teaching eventually won out, but the writer within is alive and well. This spring I enrolled in an eight week memoir writing class with Kathryn Eastburn, who is a master at her craft. Loved every minute of it. Workshop was so worth the two-hour round trip to Colorado Springs each week.

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I got to meet inspiring writers such as JL Fields, a certified vegan lifestyle coach & educator, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant. JL is wrapping up work on her first solo cook book. She invited me to join the My Writing Process blog tour (#mywritingprocess). Read her answers here

And here are mine:

What am I working on?

Blogging here is my main project. I suppose you could call it an attempt to develop my  voice. This summer I’m determined to find a rhythm to blogging as well as write for a few of my favorite web forums, such as this piece.

 How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing here falls into the genre of persona-narrative-career-centered-soft-journalism. I focus fairly narrowly on my journey as an educator, the community in which I teach, and the national education reform movement.

Why do I write what I do?

I love my school and community. I’m invested in the story we’re telling. I talk about it all the time so writing about it was the natural next step.

How does my writing process work?

TBD. This is all new to me. I try to articulate weekly what I encounter as a teacher: situations involving students, colleagues, and enlightenment from readings on the profession. I think it’s important to regularly share ed reform news culled from around the web. Experience. Read. Write. That’s the process in a nutshell. Ok! Passing the #MyWritingProcess torch to:

Johanna Parkhurst

Photo Credit: Johanna Parkhurst

Photo Credit: Johanna Parkhurst

Parkhurst is a brilliant colleague. I’m in awe of her ability to wear the equally demanding hats of career educator and Young Adult novelist. Find Parkhurst

Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.


Nate Kosirog

Nate and I attend the same church. I appreciate his reflections on teaching through the lens of our shared faith. Find Nate at

I have been an educator and at times a Dean for the last 7 years. I have taught in the Dominican Republic, in the inner-city, and in the burbs. Each educational setting was a private “Catholic” or “Christian” school. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration.
— Nate

Kajsa Hallberg Adu

I’ve learned so much from Adu regarding Ghana and the intersection of its tech and ed. sectors. Find Adu at

an aspiring academic/community leader, currently a lecturer at Ashesi University, a PhD Candidate at University of Ghana at the Institute of African Studies and the chair of the social media organization BloggingGhana.