Creative, Adventurous, and with a bit of Flair, I moved sight unseen to New York City in 2010. I am currently a school administrator with a masters in Special Education. I focus on making learning accessible to all and really analyzing, diagnosing, and responding to any issues that might be preventing learning from happening.
I've worked in variety of environments, from an afterschool program in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles and a wilderness camp in Vermont. When I'm not working with students you might find me lost exploring some new part of NYC, planning my next baking adventure or simply curling up on the couch with my Netflix. I'm very prompt and I geek out a bit when it comes to organization; Evernote, iCloud and The Container Store are pretty awesome. I've also been told I can add a bit a flair to almost anything.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: St Johns University - Masters, Special Education
Cooking, Exploring the City, Reading
Elementary School Science
High School English
High School Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students have a right to learn, and it is my job as a teacher to do whatever I can to make that happen. I believe that sometimes learning has to be scaffolded to reach unique learners, and I also believe there are some research-based best practices that should be focused on by every teacher. Learning does not exist in a vacuum; a student's socio-emotional state must always be in consideration for best results.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is about breaking the ice. It is as much about the student getting to know me as about me starting to assess where the student is, what difficulties might have been preventing them from learning, and what my next steps would be. I typically ask to see examples of their work, especially writing samples, as well as recent tests/quizzes. We would discuss why they thought they got the grade they did, and I might quiz them again depending on their answers. Finally, we would do a bonding activity that would allow them to feel comfortable with me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Sometimes students need to access information in a different way. This can be incredibly difficult in a large classroom. I can help a student identify and strengthen their habits they use in class and at home when accessing new information. Providing a step-by-step heuristic can be helpful in digesting new information and helping students become advocates for themselves.