I came to education after years of acting, which was great preparation. Since age eleven, I have been planning performances, engaging audiences, and improvising — I’ve been an elementary school teacher this entire time without knowing it! I first realized that all this theater was nudging me toward the classroom when I started to substitute teach regularly and volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. To make sure my gut instinct was right, I visited classrooms, volunteered, and asked every question of every educator I knew, including my mother. Now I am a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Extended Teacher Education Program, with a certification and personal mission to teach and make a difference in kindergarten through eighth grade.
As a teacher I want to strike a balance, providing flexibility while holding high expectations for rigorous learning. I care about my students as people and learners. I’m approachable because I display a sense of humor and openness to play. I problem-solve creatively and make experiences interactive, thinking outside the box to engage students. I aim to be a teacher who makes students want to learn and love learning. This may sometimes happen because the lesson is fun, but it may be because I allowed choice in process or product, or because the content was relevant to the local community. Thinking back on teachers I have most enjoyed and learned from, I hope to emulate them by being kind, straightforward, patient, wise, and eager to help my students learn.
When I’m not teaching or learning, I like to spend time with friends, family, my dog, and nature. I enjoy mysteries, hiking, reading, board games, and performing the occasional improv sketch in downtown Portland.