There is a certain kind of magic that happens when a student finds him or herself under the mentorship of a great teacher. The world comes alive with greater detail, meaning, and purpose, and the student develops a sense of connectedness while simultaneously building confidence in his or her own identity. The lasting impact made by exceptional teachers in my own life inspired me to pursue a career in education. My experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds and cultures in Spain, China, and here in the US, has helped me to appreciate the unique perspectives that individual students bring into the classroom while celebrating the core values that unite us all.
B.S. Communications/Television-Radio Broadcasting, Minor in Art History (Ithaca College)
Teachers College in Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute (Columbia University)
The middle school years have been my favorite age group to teach. This is the moment, at the dawn of adolescence, when the brain is developing at an astounding rate, when the individual begins to see himself or herself within a larger society and to contemplate what that actually means. I cherish the challenges and rewards that come with the task of gently ushering students through that transition.
I suppose I have been shadowing teachers since I was in kindergarten, and this shadowing has given me the incentive to pursue the first career that many of us are exposed to. I am a teacher because I want to help young people learn skills for life, break barriers, and discover their potential.