I am an educator because I believe that education has the potential to be an equalizer in reducing issues and structures of oppression, discrimination, and inequity that prevent equal access to opportunity and success. I am particularly interested in understanding how school culture and social-emotional learning impacts student learning outcomes, as well as examining culturally-responsive pedagogy and equitable discipline practices. I am currently the Dean of Students at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School - Mountain View. I recently completed my master's in School Leadership through the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and a year-long residency at High Tech Middle Chula Vista. Before moving to San Diego, I taught 5th-7th grade science in schools in the Boston area.
I grew up in rural central Wisconsin as an avid reader and equestrian. I moved to Massachusetts at the age of 18 intending to study English at Wellesley College, in hopes of someday becoming an editor; however, during my first semester, I took an astronomy class that opened my eyes to the beauty of the universe, and decided to switch my major to astrophysics. As I continued to take classes in physics, math, and astronomy, I began to understand that teachers have immense power to create- and destroy- their students' passion for a subject. I took an education class on teaching STEM subjects at Olin College of Engineering to find out how teachers could help students to see and appreciate the beauty of science as my first astronomy professor had for me. After taking another education course on social and emotional learning, I realized that I had a passion for education, so I spent the rest of my time at Wellesley interning, volunteering, and student teaching in math and science classrooms ranging from grades 5-11 throughout the Boston area while working toward my teaching credential for middle school general science.
I strongly believe that all students deserve access to a rich, engaging, and fulfilling education. I am committed to increasing all students' opportunities for learning experiences that help them prepare for the challenges and demands of the 21st century. My belief that all students can become avid lifelong learners has led me to think deeply about the aspects of educational environments that nurture social, emotional, and academic skill development. I am passionate about systemic practices that support the whole child, including restorative practices and project-based learning, and am committed to reducing inequities in education among historically underserved and marginalized populations.