I graduated from Northwestern University in 1989 with a B. A. in History. In 1995, I moved to New York City after living on Nantucket Island for 5 years after college. In New York I taught in the primary grades at two private schools: The Dalton School and Village Community School. I received my M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1999.
In 2000, I left New York and moved to Telluride, Colorado. I taught a combined 1st and 2nd grade class at the newly formed Telluride Mountain School, and one year later moved over to the public school. I taught 2nd grade at Telluride Elementary School until June 2007.
During my time at TES, I became increasingly interested in adult learning and professional development. I attended numerous national and regional conference, both on specific subject matter, and on professional learning communities. I led initiatives in my district and have presented at national (NSDC), state (CCIRA), and local conferences. I was always interested in improving the learning of the adults in the building. Thinking that if adults were pushing themselves in new ways, taking risks and sharing their growth, that this kind of atmosphere could only benefit our students.
In 2007, I left the classroom to work for myself. I have continued to present on professional learning at national and state conferences and have attended conferences on school reform, alternative schooling, and literacy.
I currently work as a private tutor for children in the town where I live. I work with all ages, currently 7-16, on a variety of subjects. I help some kids keep up with homework, some with skills they struggle with, and others with an extension to their learning. I seek to help them build confidence and trust in themselves as people, and as students. I advocate for them with their teachers and within their curriculum. I see the child as my primary client. It is my job to identify what they specifically need and provide that for them on a consistent basis. We work in my home in a relaxed and neutral location where we can clearly focus and I can give the child my 100%. I feel fortunate to be able to work with kids and support them in their development.
A dedicated lifelong learner, I aim to bring out the strengths of the students I work with, as I aimed to bring out the strengths of my colleagues when I taught in the classroom. I think the educational system has a way of masking our strengths and individuality and that all learners deserve the opportunity to develop their own interests, increase their self-awareness, and realize their potential.