I graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in English. After college, I worked as a Wilderness Therapy Counselor with a Youth-At-Risk program for several years before deciding to become a teacher. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT). At Hopkins, I went on to earn my Administration and Supervision Certificate, served as an adjunct faculty member in the School Immersion MAT program and am currently working to earn my Mathematics Specialists Certification. I taught in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland before moving to Virginia. For two years, I served as the Gifted Resource Teacher at HB Woodlawn before taking two years off to raise my child. For the past 11 years I have taught in independent schools as both a math specialist and an Assistant Principal. Last year, I returned to APS where I taught 5th grade at ATS. This was a homecoming for me as my child is a former ATS Star and I am a former PTA executive board member! This is my first year serving as our Math Coach and I am excited to support our mathematics program.
My family and I live in Arlington only one block away from ATS. We are proud to say our child is a former ATS Star. I enjoy a good book, listening to podcasts, singing, watching movies, walking and biking. One of my passions is geocaching! It is a modern day treasure hunt! I also LOVE to cook and bake. I have been known to show up at school with homemade creme puffs for the faculty.
One of my favorite books growing up was The Phantom Tollbooth. I loved it so much that it was my class play last year. Someone once said it was the first book they read as a child which assumed they were smart. I love the way Norton Juster plays with words and effortlessly creates an entirely different world with language, and also turns language itself on its head. I loved following Milo through the Doldrums, up and down the Foothills of Confusion and Mountains of Ignorance, and jumped with him and his companions to the Island of Conclusions. I had the pleasure of meeting Norton Juster in 2008 and handed him my worn out copy to autograph!