Hi, I’m Tina – thanks so much for stopping by! Welcome to my space for musings and ramblings about a little bit of everything and anything that inspires me. I’m a mother of two who recently decided to stay home to raise my little ones, so I created this as an outlet while I embark on this new and crazy stage in life. Thank you for following along!
Why The Bear and The Fawn?
I named this site after my two little ones, Theo aka Teddy aka bear, and Mila, our doe eyed lady.
Born in Washington and raised in Iowa, I moved to New York City after I graduated from college in 2007 to become a Teach for America Corps Member. I knew almost immediately after I started teaching that I wanted to stay in education and for eleven years I worked as a teacher, instructional coach, consultant and administrator. I have been asked to speak at conferences on topics of international education and the importance of global collaboration. Most recently, I worked at a non-profit teacher preparation program.
I met my husband, a Federal Public Defender, in New York City and we’ve had adventures living in NYC, Austin, Beaumont, and we’re now finally settled in Dallas with our children and two cats. We love to travel, cook, and get outdoors as much as possible.
I am the daughter of a single mother who was a refugee from a war torn country. I am passionate about social justice, education, and mental health awareness.
I was a 2019 Dallas Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project and my work was featured in NBCThink, The Hechinger Report, Visible Magazine, Take the Lead Women, Ms. Magazine and Here Magazine (1 and 2). You can also find my oral essay on the 19th Amendment, as part of a portrait commemorative project here and my podcast interview with On Notice on the topic of anti-racism here.
My photos of Mila dressed up as RBG can be seen in Huffington Post Australia, Canada, UK, and India.
Thanks again for stopping by!