I am a teacher of 20 years whose excitement in the classroom has been sparked anew by the incredible connections I’ve made with other educators on Twitter. I taught English and reading for four years in urban San Diego before moving to Northern California to teach at a rural high school and to complete my master’s in education from Chico State University.
My passion for poetry, literature, student learning, and improving teacher development has led me to write articles for Edutopia, The Teaching Channel, and APLithelp.com, as well as a chapter in The Best Lessons Series: Literature - 15 Master Teachers Share What Works by Brian Sztabnik. I’ve led workshops in discussion and close reading techniques that work across the curriculum, most recently at the National Convention of Teachers of English 2017. Lately, I’ve discovered the joy of mentoring teachers and students through the College Board’s AP Literature and Composition mentor program and the National Math Science Initiative. Connecting educators is key when it comes to professional development.
My students read a lot, write a lot, and discuss, discuss, discuss. My ultimate goals is to build students’ independence in their ability to understand and make themselves understood in this world.