I’m Kristina Brooke, a mom, a wife, a writer, a teacher, a web designer, and an entrepreneur. I wear many hats. I have a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Science in English from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. I am a lifelong learner, and lover of books.
As an introvert, I enjoy spending time with my small group of friends and my family. I love reading, playing video games, cooking, and exercising through dance. I am lucky enough to have met my husband in college and we have cultivated a friendship that has sustained us through some hard times. I was lucky enough to have my child at a time when the world was beginning to make sense to me. Timing is everything!
You can find me watching YouTube videos, art-ing, taking online courses, and writing my heart out.
Learn more about me by using the links below.
Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Kristina Brooke Daniele, a Black-American, homeschooling, inter-racially married, mom to a teen child. We said farewell to New York on Christmas 2012 to relocate to Arizona’s West Valley after feeling like NY had given us the best of its apple.
My digital life history is pretty extensive!
Randomly, while in college, I created a creative writing community and magazine for amateur writers interested in learning about the writing industry. The zine, “Epiphany: a celebration in writing!” allowed me to work with both established and amateur writers and served the writing community as a place where we could learn from and connect. As Managing Editor and Publisher of the magazine, I tried to help new writers like me find our voices and provide a platform on which to polish our writing. In the midst of it all, I lost my voice, my dad, and my fiance and I lost our baby during our second trimester while in Vegas for what was supposed to be our wedding. For a short while, I also lost my mind. Later, on my path to wellness, I married my best friend and became a New York City Teaching Fellow.
I taught English at Harry S Truman High School in the Bronx, not too far from where I grew up, while also attending graduate school at Fordham University. During my second year there, we got pregnant, and I gave birth to a fantastic baby who danced to Shakira while still in my womb. They are a teenager, still dancing, and brings me equal parts joy and worry. They have also added a little purple to my yellow, blue, and green world.
Since my foray into blogging began on the now defunct, platform called Mo’Time, like the web, I have been through several iterations. In 2003, I started blogging at what would become “Mom on the Rise (and sometimes on the decline).” There, I chronicled my life experiences including tales of pregnancy loss, interracial marriage, weight loss, Hyperemesis, exclusively pumping breast milk for a baby in NICU, and my journey to become a teacher. I also served as a March of Dimes Mom, writing informative articles about pregnancy related issues. The year that I left teaching to work from home, I had the honor of being one of thirteen moms to participate in Disney’s first African-American Mom Blogger’s Weekend. As a participant, I helped Disney to better understand the concerns and desires of many working and middle-class mothers.
The following year my sister, who had just turned thirty-six, died unexpectedly. Two months later, my father-in-law passed too, although he had been sick for some time and much older. It was also the year that I decided that I would focus on my mental health by cutting ties to my mother, and right before all the loss, I co-birthed the multi-authored blog “Moms of Hue,” which is no longer in publication.
In Moms of Hue, I found a renewed passion for “voice” and became determined to create a space for women who wanted intelligent conversation about issues of importance to parents raising children of color. The popularity of “Moms of Hue” led to the creation of the site “We of Hue,” which provided a platform for both women and men parenting children of color. We closed up shop there after I began to feel like it was too small for what it deserved to be, but too large for what I could provide.
Never a fan of feeling stagnant, I took some time off to think about what I really wanted in life. I started a Web Design and Social Media Firm, did some amazing work with a few local businesses, learned my worth, published a zine, and focused on stepping into my forties with a firm grip on my sense of self.
All of this has landed me exactly where I should be! I am now a full-time writer which means I work from my home office and have the freedom to set my schedule and homeschool.
Fordham University | Master of Science in Teaching, Adolescent Education: English | 2007
State University of New York College at Oneonta | Bachelor of Science, English Language and Literature | 2001
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Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America
Take a crash course in the social justice issues that keep the United States from realizing its promise of equality!
This civil right book for kids is simultaneously a guide for parents and educators who worry about broaching the topics of racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America presents the reader with facts, biographies, and landmark supreme court cases in an easily digestible manner and within a historical context. The minor editorializing helps to guide readers to understand the events that have shaped the United States and then challenges them to become advocates for change. Included in this book are vocabulary lists, questions for comprehension and discussion, and even essay/journaling prompts.
This information-packed social justice book and civil rights timeline introduce readers to a selection of many critical civil rights movement events in black history. From the embarrassing origins of Slavery to the modern struggle against systemic and overt oppression, this book will spark conversations about subjects that we can no longer afford to ignore.
PUBLISHED LESSON PLANS
- “Anansi the Spider Lesson Plan and Activities” | WooJr.
- “10 Black Women Pioneers to Know for Black History Month” | WooJr.
- “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Lesson Plan and Activities” | WooJr.
- “Black Heroes of the American Revolution Activities and Lesson Plan” | WooJr.
- “Gather the Wind” Zine (Two Issues) | 2017
- “Thinking Outside The Box: An Inside Look at Homeschooling” | Weemagine | October 2016
- “Each Hour, Each Day: How My Family Anchors Me Against the Darkness of Depression” | For Harriet | May 2015
- “Death in My Life” | Kristinabrooke.net | 2014
- “Four Steps to a Killer Skills-Based Resume” | Be Artful Media Virtual Solutions | 2012
- “A Better Class Of Black Role Models” | We of Hue | May 2012
- “Tools to Help Teach Young Children to Read” | Examiner.com | April 2012
- “Jay-Z’s Respect: Too Little, Too Late” | We of Hue | January 2012
- “Marriage Confidential By Pamela Haag: A Book Review” | We of Hue | June 2012
- “Teacher’s are NOT the Enemy of True Education Reform” | We of Hue | March 2012
- “Moving from Adversity to Global Action” | Global Moms (Million Moms Challenge) | February 2013
- “On Seeing Color” | We Of Hue | January 2012
- “The Fight for Troy Davis; A Fight for the Soul Of The USA” | We of Hue | September 2011
- “Homeschooling Myths Debunked” | We of Hue | March 2011
- “The Fall of The Gracious Winner and The Reflective Loser” | We of Hue | June 2010
- “Summer Fashion Lab Program at LIM College Accepting Homeschooled Participants” | Examiner.com | April 2012
- “American Museum of Natural History Offers Numerous Events for Children this Month” | Examiner.com | April 2010
- “What We Tell Our Children” | Moms of Hue | January 2010
- “An Open Letter to Chris Brown’s Mother” | We of Hue | January 2010
- “Mental Illness is Cause for Concern Not Laughter” | Moms of Hue | 2010
- “Lessons from an Alleged Race Traitor” | Moms of Hue |June 2010
- “I Matter” | Moms of Hue | December 2009
- “Let’s Talk. Can We Define Race?” | Moms of Hue | July 2009
- “How to Spring Clean Your Resume” | Brightfuse | 2009
- “Heartbreak in Las Vegas” | Travelingmom.com Travel Stories | 2009
- “Why I Love Blogs” | Epiphany Magazine: A Celebration in Writing | June 2004
- “Writing Exercises for the Blocked” | Epiphany Magazine: A Celebration in Writing | June 2003
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- Happiness Engineer | Automattic, Inc. | 2017 – 2021
- Creative Director and Web Developer | Be Artful Media, LLC | 2009 – 2017
- Homeschooling Co-Op Teacher | 2009 – Present
- Blogger | Various | 1998 – Present
- Freelance Writer | Various | 1997 – Present
- Social Media Content Creator/Manager | Various | 2009 – 2016
- Managing Editor | Moms of Hue/ We of Hue | 2009 – 2012
- English Teacher | Harry S Truman High School, Bronx, NY| 2004 – 2009
- Publisher/Managing Editor | Epiphany Magazine | 1997 – 2004
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
- “How to Be a Kitchen Witch” | Flash Talk at Automattic, INC Grand Meetup | 2018
- Selections from ” Gather the Wind” Zine | Phoenix Zine Fest Poetry Reading | October 2017
- Panelist at United Nations’ Week at “Mashable’s Digital Media Lounge | September 2010
- “Using Technology in the Classroom” Professional Development Workshop | Harry S Truman High School | 2004