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This fall, I kicked off my 21st year as a classroom teacher! I hold a BA in Child Study,  a MA in Education, and an additional 90 graduate credits in literacy, mathematics, and the social sciences.


I began my teaching career in New York teaching at public school on Long Island. Ten years ago, I relocated to California to consult and was a founding teacher at a startup charter school in Hollywood. For seven years, I taught fifth grade and was the curriculum and instructional coordinator at an Independent School in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Most recently, I am starting a new adventure teaching middle school social sciences and as well as serving as dean.

My instruction focuses on creating authentic learning experiences while engaging my students in rigorous, content-driven learning.  I value building relationships with my students by creating a climate that 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 Teach Better Speakers Network member. My first book, Lights, Cameras, TEACH, a screenplay for engagement, culture, and relationships, is available where books are sold.

"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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In the Media

Creating a Blockbuster Classroom

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