My role as an educator is to ensure that all students receive a strong academic foundation upon which they may become successful, caring, global citizens and lifelong learners. From the first day of school, I work with my students to ensure that our classroom has a safe, welcoming atmosphere where every child is cared for and supported. I also work to create a classroom of global citizens by encouraging students to discover and make connections with the world around them. This includes learning about their classmates’ cultures, traditions, and experiences, which is integral in the creation of a strong classroom culture. I strive to nurture a love of learning in the classroom by incorporating student interests, technology, and the arts into lessons, creating a multidisciplinary learning experience that is accessible to all students. I also seek to form strong relationships with my students as well as their families so that I know how to best support their learning.
I am so grateful to have started my teaching career at Discovery. I graduated in May 2015 from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s 5-year BA/MT program. I received a Master of Teaching degree in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Art History. I have been trained in Responsive Classroom, Teachers College Units of Study in Reading and Writing, and History Alive! along with various academic interventions and enrichment strategies.
As a lover of the arts, I can likely be found frequenting the many museums, galleries, and performing arts venues in the DC area. I am also an avid baker and love to decorate cookies, cakes, and cupcakes for any and all occasions. More than anything, I love to travel internationally and bring back stories, artifacts, and experiences to share with my students. I attended high school in Athens, Greece, which afforded me the opportunity to study in and travel to many different countries. This not only nurtured my love of learning, but also sparked the ‘travel bug’ inside of me!
One of my favorite books is What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada. The young boy in this novel is confronted with one of his brand new ideas, and he’s not quite sure what to do with it. He tries walking away from his idea and hiding it from others, but soon realizes that if he protects and nurtures his idea, it has the power to change the world. As a teacher and colleague it is important for me to provide an environment that is safe and welcoming so that all ideas can be nurtured and thrive in our school community!