I have always been a reader. My high school Honors English teacher inspired my love of reading and writing. She was particularly fond of British literature and poetry, and each month, we were assigned different poems to memorize. As I worked these words over and over again in my mind, I began to appreciate their lasting power in a way I had never appreciated it before. This experience fuels my desire to share the timelessness of poetic writing with my students to this day!
In high school, I found such joy in sharing my reading and writing with my peers. As I began to plan for my future, I realized that I could maximize my strengths and passions as a teacher in the English classroom.
In 2009, I moved to New York to study English Education at New York University, where my teacher training introduced me to a variety of learners from many unique backgrounds. I felt privileged to teach literature to teenagers on the rich backdrop of New York City. I presented on classroom discipline at the Conference of English Educator’s bi-annual assembly in 2013 and obtained AP certification at Manhattan College in August of 2014. In my current post, I teach 9th and 10th grade Language Arts and AP Language and Composition.
Major: English Education 7-12
Special Training: certification in CollegeBoard AP Language and Composition, training in Dual-Language English/Spanish Education, member of National Council of Teachers of English, tutor with New York University’s STEP SAT program
Years of Experience: 3 yrs. in the classroom, many years as a tutor
Hero: T. S. Eliot
High–Impact Books: Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
High–Impact Lecture: “On the Uses of Liberal Education” by Mark Edmundson and “This Is Water” by David Foster Wallace
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Durban, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland
Hobbies: riding bikes, reading poetry, playing violin, knitting
Passion: sharing the timelessness of poetry
Favorite Quotation: “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson