I'm sure there were times when I wish I had thought, 'Gosh, that might really embarrass mom and dad,' but our parents didn't raise us to think about them. They're very selfless and they wanted us to have as normal of a college life as possible. So really, we didn't think of any repercussions.
My first cat was named Cowboy, after the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm not the perfect bride after all.
As a teacher you can see the difference in kids who have parents who were involved. That difference, by the time these kids get to the third grade, is drastic.
I'm aware that not all kids can pick up and fly to Panama. I'm very lucky.
I didn't go to Latin America thinking, 'I'm gonna write a book. This is what I'm gonna do.' I went there to work for UNICEF and to learn.
I don't think I'm portrayed in the media the way I really am - but then who is?
Luckily I've had a lot of great friends that I've had for a long time.
People ask me if I ever see my father and I say yes, because he puts in the effort. He calls all the time to tell us he's proud of us.
You have to give kids things they're interested in reading. That's what teachers do who are engaged in what their students want.
A lot of my colleagues at school became great friends of mine.
My sister, she's amazing. She sort of inspired me to take this journey to Latin America.
I hope to focus on what I'm passionate about because I think I'd do them best job on them - education, urban education, women and children's issues and literacy.
I'm a perfectionist - I could rewrite forever.
I don't think of myself as a policy expert. I think education is the most important thing.
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