This fall, I am kicking off my 20th 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 social studies.
I began my teaching career right out of college in New York at a suburban public school on Long Island. Eight years ago, I relocated to California to consult and teach at a startup charter school. Most recently, I taught fifth grade and was the curriculum and instructional coordinator at an Independent School in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Beginning in the fall of 2022, I am starting a new adventure teaching sixth grade in the city of West Hollywood, California.
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 and a core member of the Teach Your Heart Out Team. My first book, Lights, Cameras, TEACH, a screenplay for engagement, culture, and relationships, is now available for preorder.
"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."
Creating a Blockbuster Classroom