I have taught elementary school for 19 years.  I hold a BA in Child Study, an MA in Education, and hold an additional 90 graduate credits in the areas of math, literacy, and social studies.


I began my teaching career right out of college in New York at a suburban public school on Long Island. Seven years ago, I relocated to California to consult and teach at a startup charter school. Currently, I teach fifth grade and am the curriculum and instructional coordinator at an Independent School in Los Angeles.


My instruction focuses on creating authentic learning experiences while engaging my students in rigorous, content strong  learning.  I value building relationships with my students by creating a climate in which promotes trust, respect, exploration, and self-advocacy.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy collaborating with educators, speaking at educational conferences and presenting my Lights, Cameras, TEACH workshop.  I'm a member of the Teach Better Speakers Network and a core member of the Teach Your Heart Out Team. I have also blogged and hosted a podcast titled Lights, Cameras, TEACH.

"But the stars had aligned. I jumped. As my principal had explained to me before, I had my success. It was time to venture into the world and try something new."

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