Favorite Spot: So many spots…
My Love Note
You’ve changed my life forever. 5 years ago, I left a job that I loved and a neighborhood that I thoroughly enjoyed living in, to pursue a goal of working with students. Little did I know how much Philly would impact my personal and professional life. It’s been a great honor to work with such amazing people and mentor even greater students of Philly.
In 2009, I was fortunate enough to move in with a good friend and was hired as a Student Support Aide at a charter high school in Center City. Within the first week of work, I met the woman that I would ultimately marry. Over the next 2 years, Julia and I worked hard, supporting adolescents who needed guidance and mentorship. I like to think we helped a lot of students, but the truth is, those students helped us even more by bringing us together. If it wasn’t for the intense, fun and stressful work environment we endured every day, we would have never connected the way we do now. I cannot thank those students enough!
At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, Julia moved on to a new venture in education and I was just finishing my 1st year as an M.S. Ed. student at the University of Pennsylvania. I should note that it was Julia’s words of encouragement that sent me back to school and has instilled in me the importance of education, as well as the importance to help others seek out educational opportunities. In the summer of 2011, we had one of the most memorable events of our lives. Our wedding. Julia and I were married at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Old City. And where did we go right after to party??? The Trust at 3rd and Arch. Not only is the building a very interesting space, but we were surrounded with Philly themed art on the walls and were dancing the night away, right next door to the home of Betsy Ross. How cool is that?
As the winter of 2012 settled in, we had our first child. Bree has brought an incredible amount of joy to our lives. We’ve always said that raising children in the city is important to us, as it provides her with a space to learn about a variety of cultures and the chance to experience new things. Philly, you’ve given us an infinite amount of memories thus far in raising our daughter. Bree has seen science experiments at the Franklin Institute, famous art at the Art Museum, the various foods all of 9th Street has to offer, and up close encounters with goats at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Philly, I have no idea what you have in store for us, but what I do know is this…of all the fortunate experiences and memories you’ve helped us create, we will continue to pay our good fortune forward. Be it through our professional work or outreach within the community, we want all Philadelphians to fall in love with this city as we did.
Steve, Julia & Bree