Serving for 8 years as an educator, I've taught for 3 years at the high school level with experience with 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English as well as Creative Writing. I currently serve as the Department Chair for our English Department and am a member of our Staff Professional Development Team and Equity Team. In addition, I taught middle school at an AVID Demonstration Site for 5 years and have with 4 years of experience with 6th and 8th grade Humanities. I also taught the AVID Elective and a Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry Elective. My first year as an educator was teaching English Language Development, a year of experience that has informed my instruction and curriculum since.
At the center of my pedagogical practice are equity, culturally responsive teaching, reading and writing workshop, choice reading, and student-centered pedagogy. As an AVID trained teacher, rigor and helping all students achieve success is woven through all of my units and lessons. Everyday, students produce writing that matters, critically read, practice critical thinking, learn to be organized, and work collaboratively in my classroom. Their ability to navigate and love a world rich with literacy is my utmost goal. I believe in reading and writing alongside my students. I am an avid reader and write personal essays, poems, short stories and novels. My love of literature transcends into my curriculum and practice.
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Oregon Writing Project Cohort 2017 Lewis and Clark Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Parkrose Middle School named AVID Demonstration Site in 2013 PATH Training: Student Success, Critical Reading I (2011) Fall 2012: AVID Elective, Tutorology, Interactive Notebooks I (2012) AVID Summer Institute 2013: Advancing the AVID Elective (2013) Credit by Proficiency, Standards Based Grading, Common Core Credit by Proficiency for Writing (2011-present) University of Oregon, Graduation: 2010 Secondary: Language Arts and ESOL Middle: Social Studies, Multi-Subjects Program emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism, SIOP, linguistics, progressive, student-centered pedagogy Special emphasis in second language teaching methods, special education, and graduate study of literature Bachelor of Arts: English Literature University of Oregon ‘06,
I live in Portland, Oregon. Teaching is my calling, but I love life! Along with leading a literacy rich life of reading and writing, I stay active through swimming, running, biking and yoga. I also love to cook and eat the amazing food we have here in Portland. When I'm relaxing, you'll probably find me taking my dogs for long walks and adventuring with my wonderful husband.