I graduated from the University of Michigan where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and an academic minor in History. Since graduating, I have gained extensive experience working in education. I started as a substitute teacher at a school in Southwest Detroit where many students are English Language Learners.
I earned a Master's in the Art of Teaching from Wayne State University. I am certified to teach all subjects from kindergarten through eighth grade. I am also certified to provide special education for students with autism. I have worked with students at all grade levels, but when I was working toward earning my teaching certificate, I decided to focus on elementary education because I would get to teach all subjects in those grade levels. I worked as a teacher for two years in a program for students with autism, and for the past four years I have taught a fifth-grade general education class.
What drives me are the moments where a student's eyes light up because they finally solved a math or science problem they had been struggling with, or when a student suddenly becomes excited about reading for the first time because they found finally found a book that captures their imagination, or when a student finds their voice in writing.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor in Arts, Linguistics
Graduate Degree: Wayne State University - Master of Arts Teaching, Education
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, and occasionally playing video games. I have also recently taken up studying more advanced mathematics.