I grew up in suburban Connecticut, on the outskirts of New York City. I attended a K-8 elementary school, where I most loved reading all of my subjects. In college, I majored in history and political science and also spent a year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. After college, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work for my Congressman from CT. While in D.C., I tutored in a homeless shelter and was responsible for training new staff at my job. Through these two experiences, I realized I wanted to become a teacher, so I went back to school. Once I graduated, I drove cross country with my D.C. roommate, who had secured an internship in San Francisco, and so I got my first job as a teacher there too. I thought I would only stay here for a few years and explore the west coast, but I never left. I do spend my summers back east so I think I get the best of both coasts!
When I first came to Woodside School I taught social studies and ELA. I fell in love with the school library and brought my classes there as much as I could possibly fit it into our schedule! I decided to get a supplemental credential in library services and when the librarian retired, I moved into that position. The biggest contribution I’ve made to the library is creating and developing the young adult fiction and nonfiction section for our middle schoolers.
The silver lining to dealing with this COVID situation for me professionally is that I get the chance to go back to my first job here at Woodside, teaching social studies!
BA, History — Wittenberg University, OH
MA, Education — University of Bridgeport, CT
Library Media Credential — San Jose State University, CA
Professional Development Highlights
Teachers' College: Reading Workshop and Writing
GreatBooks Foundation: Jr Great Books Facilitator Training