For the Love of Education chronicles our homeschooling journey and serves as a place to discuss some of the issues facing teachers, children, parents, and administrators. It is a place to remove politics from education and focus on the true purpose of it- to provide children with a life-long love of learning and to help them develop the skills (both basic and advanced) that they will need to become the policy-makers of the future.
I’m Kristina Brooke, a mom, a writer, a teacher, a web designer, and an entrepreneur; I wear many hats. I have a Masters of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in English from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. I am a seasoned web designer and developer, a lifelong learner, lover of books. Most recently, I have served as Creative Director and Lead Designer/Developer on numerous projects including personal websites, corporate websites, and local government web projects.
After teaching English Language Arts for 5 years in a high school in the Bronx, New York, frustration, frequent illness, and anxiety compelled me to leave and work towards living the life that I has always dreamed of creating. I wanted to run a business and I wanted to focus on homeschooling my daughter as I firmly believe that until there is true educational reform, our children don’t stand a chance in the overcrowded, under-staffed, test-centered schools of today.
I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for much of my life and in some ways, I find that it is worse now than ever before. As a mom I have a lot more to worry about and I’m juggling more balls than I probably should. At the urging of my therapist, I am writing a lot more (you can read my personal musings at kristinabrooke.net). It’s what I need to do to help work though all of the challenges that I face on a daily basis.
Despite the previous paragraph, I am actually a very happy person. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love reading, and playing video games, and cooking, and in some ways exercising. I was lucky enough to have met my husband in college and we have cultivated a friendship that has sustained us through some hard times. And I believe that I was lucky enough to have my daughter at a time when the world was beginning to make sense to me. Timing is everything!
About My Family:
There are four of us living in AZ but still NYers at heart. My husband Drew is my rock. He parents (not babysits) and is my partner in this homeschooling journey. He
is was a bit skeptical about homeschooling as he doesn’t want our daughter to miss out on the experience of school. However, he trusts my judgement and has agreed to take this walk with me. We have known each other for a long time and have grown with one another over the years.
And then there is our ten-year-old Tornado. I’m sorry, it’s The Tornado. She is the perfect combination of both her father and me. That means she has our stubbornness and determination. She loves cars, garbage and fire trucks, planes, dolls, tutus, the color purple, and art. She is a rough and tough girl with a thirst for learning.
Then there is Rex, our dog. He’s the protector and chose our daughter above all the other would-be-owners at the Farmer’s Market. He was a stray and we’ve swept him up in the empathetic nature of our family. He’s a raw-food doggy and rarely likes going to the dog park. He loves ice, feet, and barking at trucks when they pass through our apartment complex.
We are a multiracial family. We are raising our daughter to respect and find pride in her heritage. We are also an Atheist/Anti-Theist family and teach most religion as we do Greek Mythology.