Born in California, but raised in Connecticut, I found my cultural balance and home in Chicago, enjoying all the blues and greens of the "best coast" landscape.
Before moving here, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Secondary Education, from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. I enjoyed a 10-year career in teaching and received my Master's degree in Reading and Literacy. During that time, I also coached high school slam poetry teams and discovered my talent as a performance poet, which ultimately led me to pursue writing. After leaving education, I received a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing from the School of the Art Institute, where I studied poetry and creative non-fiction.
I am a teacher at heart and fully believe in learning as a life-long endeavor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stonehill College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Northeastern Illinois University - Master of Arts, Reading Teacher Education
reading, writing, photography, yoga, performance poetry, dancing, collage, food!!
COMPASS Writing Skills
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
K-11th Grade Standardized Tests Prep
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization