I have been working with children, in a variety of capacities, for the past ten years. This includes enrichment programs, summer camps, and children's theatre groups, but the majority of my experience is in my own 2/3 blended classroom. I am also an experienced actor and director.
My classroom is a warm and inviting place where students are nurtured as part of a cooperative learning community. I honor the strengths (and weaknesses) of all my students as individuals. We celebrate each other and our differences. Above all else, my students are encouraged to view their learning as a connected and creative process. I teach using the Scottish Storyline Method - an integrated, experiential and thematic approach to teaching and learning.
In 2009 I was honored with a grant from donorschoose.org to fund a storyline entitled "The Living Art Museum." Also in 2009, I was proud to be selected as a presenter at the International Storyline Conference in Portland, OR.
My college years were spent in Vermont at Middlebury College where I primarily studied Theatre and English. Shakespeare was a common thread that tied my studies together. My first attempt adapting Much Ado About Nothing was while taking â€œShakepeareâ€™s Comediesâ€ through Middleburyâ€™s English Department. I initially wrote it to use at a summer camp were I was working as the Theatre Director. Studying Much Ado About Nothing in an academic setting while writing my childrenâ€™s version offered great insights and helped me to include key elements of the original piece. While at Middlebury I also acted and stage managed for department productions. This included a semester studying with the London Theatre Exchange while acting in Henry V. My senior year I completed my thesis in directing with the production of a full-length play. In my spare time I enjoyed writing and directing for a local childrenâ€™s theatre program. In 2004, I graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Theatre and English and a minor in Education.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was there that my love of theatre was born. Starting at the age of nine, I acted in various community, college, and repertory theatre productions. In high school, I got my first taste of directing while working on my schoolâ€™s production of A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.