I’m originally from Rockville, Maryland. I’ve taught in public, private, and charter schools over the last 15 years in New York City and Los Angeles, most recently as a founding kindergarten teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista. At CWC, I developed the network’s first stand-alone Transitional Kindergarten program and taught TK for three years. I’m also a National Faculty Member for the Buck Institute for Education where I’ve facilitated Project Based Learning training throughout the US. In addition, I am a certified yoga instructor for both adults and children, as well as a Yoga Ed. Trainer. In this role, I lead workshops for educators and health care professionals on how to bring the benefits of yoga to the children in their lives. I’m passionate about the integration of PBL and SEL, and believes it empowers young children to think critically and direct their own learning, and to build meaningful connections, skills and relationships within culturally and linguistically diverse communities. When not at work, I enjoy practicing yoga, singing, playing guitar and camping with her husband and two sons Zack and Chaplin, who are looking forward to joining the LCS community as students.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
University of Rochester - I created a major in Deaf Studies and Theatre Bank Street College of Education - MEd in Early Childhood Education
What is your highest degree held?
Master's in Education (Early Childhood)
Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I wanted to work in education so that I could help create a cultural shift in what we, as adults, believe children can do, and to empower children to have high expectations of what they can accomplish and who they can become. I have always respected and connected with children on a deep level. I believe in encouraging students to be reflective; to think about what is interesting and what they wonder about, and to develop skills to seek and find meaningful new knowledge and skills. It is important to me to create the conditions for all children to be self-directed learners who develop self-awareness, and are able to build relationships with others . I believe that learning occurs best in community, and I enjoy creating those communities that best support children’s cognitive and social emotional development.
How long have you been teaching/working in education?
This will be my 14th year as a classroom teacher. Prior to teaching, I worked as an actor with a variety of children's theatre companies leading educational theatre workshops.
What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I'm thrilled to be joining Larchmont because the school embodies my core beliefs as an educator – that the integration of Project Based Learning and Social Emotional Learning empowers children to think critically and direct their own learning, and to build meaningful connections, skills and relationships within diverse communities.
What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
The Winter Picnic by Robert Welber