I started working with youth in 1994 as an outreach counselor for runaway adolescents in Washington, D.C. In 1998, I began my educational career as a reading and English teacher in a dropout prevention program in Tampa, FL. In 2003, I moved to New York, where I have been working at the same high school for 10 years, serving multiple roles from English teacher to literacy coach for all content areas. I am currently working there as a reading intervention teacher specifically targeting special needs students, English language learners, and struggling readers and writers. I am also a full-time professor at Hunter College where I coordinate the adolescent literacy graduate program.
My style is first and foremost student-centered! All of my teaching is grounded in differentiated and culturally responsive curriculum and instruction.
National Board Certification for English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, 2003 Finalist for Outstanding Dissertation, International Reading Association, 2008 Finalist for NYU Outstanding Dissertation, New York University, 2007 Founders Fellowship, New York University, 2003
I attended University of Maryland-College Park for my undergraduate studies where I majored in journalism and English. I finished my masters in English education at University of South Florida and completed by doctorate at New York University.
Please feel free to contact me if you want any specialized materials and/or lesson and unit plans. I'd be happy to brainstorm some ideas with you!