“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Hi and welcome to our class website! I love the quote from de Saint-Exupery because it captures my belief that learning happens when there is curiosity, purpose, meaning and joy. I love sparking kids’ curiosity, building confidence, and being a part of a joyful learning community! Creating a classroom where children grow in their confidence to embrace challenges, collaborate with each other and allow themselves to be driven by curiosity are strong personal teaching goals for me. I am very passionate about developing creative and varied approaches to ensure that kids are challenged and on the path to success every day!
I have taught in Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Nashville. I have 10 years of experience teaching middle school science: by far the best subject on the planet! Before discovering teaching, I ran a small certified organic vegetable farm for a few years and prior to that, I worked as a scientist on environmental problems, including trying to protect the little wild spaces left in urban areas. My background includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Environmental Planning from UCLA and my teaching credentials come from Central Missouri State University.
In my spare time, I love traveling, gardening, and hiking. I have been so fortunate to have studied abroad (field biology in Costa Rica and university in Germany) and to have travelled a lot internationally (I spent one year traveling from Istanbul to Beijing). My international experiences have greatly shaped who I am. I also love being outdoors: working in my garden and exploring Tennessee’s beautiful mountains ! I look forward to an awesome year!
Head Middle Magnet school will create a culture
in which the academics and social foundations of all students
are built and fostered beyond district and state expectations.