Best Medicine

ECC Day 286: “Best Medicine” *Laughter *Tears of joy, connectedness, proud of my Freshman, missing my Pops, sadness, & hope *Hugs *Did I mention how proud I am of my students?! Precious moments. *Have I mentioned how amazing my team of educators is at DVCA?! We have 79 days to raise $100,000 to support these educators and students! #ChipInForEducation by donating to the ECC Fundraiser @gofundme OR 3 crispy tacos with chicken, mild salsa, sour cream, guac, l

Branch Out

ECC Day 276: “Branching Out” Branching out is what Nakia named it when she ate @chipotle for the first time. She wasn’t sure what to order, how the food would taste; she decided to go for it and try something new. In this case, it was successful; she enjoyed it! So much so that she came to the office during 7th period to get her leftovers from the fridge! She worked hard to achieve her primary academic goal! Keep slaying those goals, Nakia, and being open to trying new things

Facilities Matter

ECC Day 275: “Facilities Matter” The reputation and culture of a stellar school program like Da Vinci Charter Academy does not come from the buildings in which the humans create an innovative, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment. However, that does not make it acceptable for a high school program to be housed at a former elementary school campus. Modernized facilities are well overdue for DVCA students and staff to continue knocking project based learning out of


ECC Day 268: “Philosophize!” Today I was a School Counselor, and it felt so good! I philosophized & processed existential thoughts, questions, & reflections with a student who has such great potential to change the world, & how we treat/see one another. It was a touching moment for me, and I let her know how our fruitful conversation - her introspection, maturity, growth & optimistic mindset - moved me today. She shared a similar sentiment. == My why. 💙 Help me support stude

Student Centered Funding

ECC Day 267: “Student Centered Funding” “Let’s make our kids number 1 and fund our schools like they are number 1.” -Tony Thurmond #ChipInForEducation by donating to the ECC Fundraiser @gofundme OR bowl with 1/2 & 1/2 rice, chicken, mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, lettuce #Ellen #EllenDegeneres #TheEllenShow #EllenShow #GetMsEbbeOnYourShow #StudentCentered #RedForEd #WeAreCTA #keepitreal #chipotle #challenge #fundraiser #GiveBack #MichelleObama #oprah #educ

Students, show up!

ECC Day 253: Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 - Students, show up! Students, show that you appreciate your educators & yourself by: *getting to know your educators beyond what they teach; *showing up to school and each class on time; *demonstrating respectful, on-task behavior when your teacher or classmates are talking; *sharing your ideas during discussions, and asking questions, especially when you need help understanding; *completing your assignments to the best of yo

Thank a School Principal!

ECC Day 246: “Happy School Principal’s Day...year-round!” To School Principals: you shall be recognized today & everyday for your leadership and commitment to build a strong educational program that serves students! This fabulous man right here, Scott Thomsen, is a Principal leading by example. He does what’s best for young people, and the humans who are directly serving & supporting them. SJT, keep it up, my friend! Much love! -Counselor P.S. What you don’t see here is his C

Language of the soul

ECC Day 243: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” @marthagrahamdance This is such a special gift from @angelinay155 in 2017, the end of her freshman year. These connections are invaluable. Reason number 3.5 why I love being a School Counselor. Today we reminisced about our shared time at the jr. high, our @efeducationfirst trip to Belize - where she learned about my deep love for dance - and future opportunities of all sorts. I’m so excited to see where this journey le

Thoughts of a JH School Counselor

ECC Day 237: “Thoughts of a Jr. High School Counselor” *Once you are my student; you’ll always be in my heart, and part of my story. *I love my students. They teach me patience, effective communication (adults, we have a thing or two to learn), new dance moves, and brighten up my day with a smile, pun, and honorable sportsmxnship on the court. Go staff this Friday in student v. staff b-ball game! *I love finding notes or drawings from students. They can be quite thoughtful. *

Burrito came thru drippin’

Burrito came thru drippin’ on Day 198 of the ECC. Yes, Mom, I cleaned up the mess from my white rice, honey, chicken, mild and corn salsa, sour cream, and lettuce filled burrito. I am incredibly impressed by my students’ creative & innovative products, growth throughout the years, collaboration, maturity, and professional, articulate oral communication! I’m so proud of you all! I know what I saw at World War I Museum Night was the final product of an entire process that had i


ECC Day 184: yourself, in others, you can, you will overcome...believe. Words of wisdom from Rico. Stay tuned for his Educator Shout Out Interview on the ECC’s YouTube channel! He nailed it! bowl-brown rice, chicken, mild, corn, sour cream, crisp green lettuce Support educators & students by donating to the ECC Fundraiser - #ChipInForEducation #Ellen #EllenDegeneres #TheEllenShow #EllenShow #GetMsEbbeOnYourShow #love #cha

Exuding Love

ECC Day 170: Another day, another meal (salad with chicken, mild, sour cream) loving @chipotle — 14 years and over 170 days strong. #truelove #relationshipgoals We’ve got that ‘I can have Dos Coyotes for lunch & Chipotle for dinner - and our relationship will not be phased - kind of love’. I know what you’re asking yourself...does that mean Kala cheated on Chipotle? Far from it. Chipotle & I have a lot of love to give/share, and an understanding that various types of relation

Solution Focused

161st day in the life of the ECC: •Met another legend in #schoolcounseling - Dr. Linda Metcalf •#NationalSchoolCounselingWeek #NSCW19 day 2 #LifelongLearning •Play & fun are critical in my life! •Great energy from Sully, assistant manager at @zumiez in @ardenfair - loved your enthusiasm for the ECC! 🙌🏼 •One size does NOT fit all; I agree, @verizon •Going big, then going home, but first, sharing the ECC with Jeremy ( @j.magss ), personable manager who gives back to the commu

Be That Somebody

“Everybody needs somebody; be that somebody.” As educators, we have the privilege of being somebody’s somebody everyday. 💜 🙌🏼 💙 Sharing day 143 of the ECC with one of my somebody’s. 😁 One of THE best, most (com)passionate, patient, detail oriented, organized, talented, witty, articulate, generous educators and humans I know‼️ 💙 🙌🏼 💜 #Ellen #EllenDegeneres #TheEllenShow #EllenShow #GetMsEbbeOnYourShow #chipotle #fundraiser #GiveBack #MichelleObama #oprah #StudentCente

Coming off winter break like...

Educators coming off winter break rested, rejuvenated & ready for...CHIPOTLE... STUDENTS...& SELF-CARE! 🙃ECC fun on Day 132👌🏼 Per students’ recommendation, today’s meal: 3 crispy tacos with brown rice, black beans (look at me go!), veggies (come at me!), mild, sour cream, cheese, guac AND lettuce. Stacked! #Ellen #EllenDegeneres #TheEllenShow #EllenShow #GetMsEbbeOnYourShow #challenge #chipotle #fundraiser #GiveBack #SelfCare #MichelleObama #oprah #OprahWinfrey #educator #

Thank You, Supporters!

@sped1206 , I haven’t forgotten about your chorizo tacos recommendation from day 110. I trust that chorizo tacos will make their way into my belly within the next 235 days (yup, it’s day 130)! Thanks for following & engaging in the ECC journey! 🙌🏼😁Since chorizo wasn’t available at this location, I ate a veggie bowl tonight with brown rice, black beans, mild and corn salsa, sour cream, guac, and lettuce. Video on Instagram or Facebook (@educatorcc) with Fundraiser update. E

Brunch Time!

Quality time with quality humans, who also happen to be superb educators! It's da80 ;-) of the ECC. In that bowl is one tortilla, yummy brown and white rice, tasty chunks of chicken, a scoop of pico de gallo, some corn thrown in, sour cream poured all over, a dash of cheese, and a handful of lettuce. #ellen #ellendegeneres #michelleobama #oprah #chipotle #educators #selfcare #chipinforeducation #studentcentered

No Cost-Costume (Minnesotan)

Don't'cha know, I'm a Minnesotan? So, what better way to support my colleagues' Harry Potter themed Halloween costumes AND put something together from my closet than to be a "Minnesota Muggle?" I also passed for a lumberjack. Okay, this burrito is no tuna casserole or hamburger rice hot dish, but it was packed with delicious white and brown rice, chicken, mild salsa, sour cream, and lettuce. Was it as good as it looks? Oh, ya, you betcha! Happy Halloween and Day 64 of the ECC

Change agents affect educational policy

ECC Day 52 after #casc18 with other #schoolcounselor peers. Salad bowl with chicken, mild salsa, sour cream. #tonythurmond2018 #ellen #chipotle #sacramento #california #educationpolicy #studentcentered

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