I grew up in a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania, not far from the historic location where George Washington crossed the Delaware River. My parents were both educators and one of my two brothers also works in the field of education. Perhaps teaching is "in my blood".
I earned undergraduate degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I completed my Education Specialist Instruction Credential program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with Honors in Graduate Studies. Most recently, I completed my Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development certification through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
'20 - '21 will be my twenty-seventh school year as a teacher and, like many of you, I never imagined a situation where my classroom and every interaction with students would become entirely "virtual". While the transition to Distance Learning has been (and continues to be) a steep learning curve and even overwhelming at times, I'm persevering to learn new strategies for connecting with students and to find more ways of using technology in my practice.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how to keep things in perspective amidst all the challenges we currently face - as a school community, a city, a nation, a world. I recently read an interview with professional soccer player and activist, Megan Rapinoe. I found her words inspiring:
"...Perfection does not exist, and we all know that we are conditioned to strive for it. So, I try to do my best, and then try to reflect openly and honestly, so the next time, my best will be better."
I hope you will consider this and partner with me in moving forward together with as much socially-distanced unity as we can manage to create. I hope this school year continues to bring something uplifting into focus for each of us.