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 IMG_20140220_120705in 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!

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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.