My first teaching gig was nearly 5,000 miles away from home, in the small town of Szolnok, Hungary. I had just graduated Lynchburg College with a BA in English, and having grown up in Virginia my entire life, I was eager to experience something cultural and new. I figured teaching English abroad would be the most intense, interesting, and educational way to jumpstart a career in teaching. Now, ten years later, I can say that my initial teaching experience abroad was the tipping point in my life, for it led me to become not only a lifelong teacher, but a lifetime student as well.
Since 2005, I have gone on to teach English in Poland and Hungary, and also back in my hometown, Manassas, Virginia. I have taught English and Literature to high school students, ESL to adult professionals, and last year I taught Creative Writing to Honors Freshmen at Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU's Writing Center I privately tutored students, helping them write and revise their essays for their final portfolios. Having played guitar since the age of fourteen (and also touring in a couple rock bands), I have some experience teaching music and guitar as well.
My education includes a BA in English, an MA in European Studies, and an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction).
In my spare time I like reading, writing creatively, and playing music. Most weekends in New York I try to visit a museum or see a concert, and many-a-Sundays you'll find me burrowed in a cafe and reading manuscripts for my day-time job (a literary agency).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Lynchburg College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing
Creative writing, reading, playing guitar
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Writing