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I am eager to begin my fourth year as Assistant Principal over Curriculum and Instruction at Culver City High School. I have been part of the CCHS staff since 2001 minus a two year leave of absence from 2010 - 2012 to work in STEM-related research.

I began my public high school teaching career at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1992. I taught English because that had been one of my majors (along with music) at Tufts University where I got my Bachelor’s degree. A brief stint teaching English led me back to school to study mathematics (another subject for which I always had a passion) at Brooklyn College so that I could then receive my Master of Science in Teaching from the New School for Social Research in NY and my teaching credential in both Mathematics and English in 1995.

During my years in New York, I also enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist and voice teacher, recording cds and performing and touring around the U.S. and in Germany. Since joining CCUSD I have been math department co-chair, director of the Chamber Singers, the AVPA’s elite after-school singing group, vocal director of many school musicals and Cabaret Nights, former adviser of both the Math Club and Mock Trial Club, Teacher On Special Assignment as a Data/Intervention Specialist, and WASC coordinator for our 2009-2010 visit. In 2008, I won a SURDNA teaching artist fellowship and was thrilled to spend a summer in Italy participating in the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop.

Currently, I am proud to be a Doctor of Education, having completed UCLA's Educational Leadership Program. My research involved conducting professional development in the form of a mathematics study group with 3rd-5th grade teachers. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to support teachers' development of mathematics teaching practices in the context of the Common Core.

I am honored to be part of the high school's leadership team and excited about all we have in store for the 2015-2016 school year. Go Centaurs (and Bruins)!