What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?
I think that I was born to be an educator. I taught my younger sister to read before her 4th birthday and with that success, turned our playroom into a classroom.
I had a memorable 3rd grade teacher who definitely made a significant impact on my decision to become an educator. Mrs. Harned believed in a hands-on approach to learning and that year of school became the benchmark that I used to measure subsequent teachers.
I am inspired by my students; their interests and insights, by up-and-coming trends in STEAM education and by my belief in the mission of Friends School.
If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?
My teaching philosophy can be best described as an organic, evolving, hands-on approach to learning. I want to provide my students with opportunities to create, imagine and discover. Whether a student becomes a successful artist is immaterial. Art is all about learning self expression and it is important to me that each of my students know that their personal work is valued and appreciated.
What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?
I think the most important skill for my students to learn is self-confidence. When our students leave Friends, I want them to know how valuable that they are. I want each child to feel that she/he has been respected, heard and celebrated.
Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?
I am a hobby geek. Art, jewelry-making, gardening, DIY projects, reading and watching HGTV are just a few of my hobbies.My favorite charities to support are: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity, Dare-to-Care, the Center for Women and Families, Wounded Warriors, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and St. Jude.