Born in San Francisco and raised in Palo Alto, I made my way down to Occidental College in Los Angeles, where I graduated with a psychology degree with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology. As a college soccer player and a high school soccer coach, I knew I had a penchant for coaching, but it wasn’t until several years later that I answered the call to become a teacher. It was what I saw as my destiny of sorts; with a great-grandfather, grandmother, and mother teaching at various levels throughout their lives, it was just a matter of time before I saw all signs pointing in that direction for mine as well.
I found myself in Georgetown, TX in 2009, where I taught 7th grade Language Arts, 8th grade US History, and coached 7th/8th grade tennis and 7th/8th grade soccer. I loved creating lesson plans, delivering them to my 7th and 8th graders, and seeing their “ah-ha” moments happen right in front of my eyes. I thrived on the little moments of pride I felt, like when when one of the most hardened and difficult to reach students said to me, “Hey Miss, this stuff is really cool” – in response to a lesson about prefixes and suffixes, of all things. And I cherished the relationships I created with not only my students, but my fellow teachers as well.
I believe whole heartedly that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to education. The students that come into our classrooms are armed with their own strengths and different weaknesses. They come from unique backgrounds and have experienced varying struggles that manifest themselves in different ways. Because of this, we, as teachers, are increasingly required to supply ourselves with more compassion, patience, and results-driven strategies than ever before. In the words of Madeline Hunter, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
The honor of being a part of the Time To Teach program makes it feel like the stars have aligned for me – a mix of teaching, helping teachers, and specializing in behavior struggles in the classroom is an intersection of all things I love and am passionate about. I am dedicated to sharing my passion with educators across the country, instilling in them a desire for and commitment to success in their classrooms.