I believe the classroom should be a place where each student feels known and valued. Students should be able to take risks and celebrate their successes together within a positive environment that is engaging and challenging, as well as safe and responsive. My role is to provide students with the tools and encouragement to become learners who can problem solve and persevere both inside and outside of the classroom community.
I began my teaching journey at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I was inspired in the craft of teaching. I have taught in both Virginia and DC, learning from many dynamic children and amazing colleagues who have included me in their own journeys. I am excited for Discovery to be my new teaching home.
On the weekends, you can find me at art museums or hiking outdoors. I also love listening to and telling stories with my family and friends. Their stories help me to see the world through different eyes and to laugh a whole lot, too.
A friend gave me the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson a few years ago and since then I have reread it many times. The message from Maya’s teacher is one that I hope to instill in students: “Each kindness makes the whole world a little bit better.” I want students to know that they can create an inclusive and warm classroom community through simple acts of kindness.