My career in education began in a small office park in Princeton, NJ. There, I worked for a multimedia firm where I helped design interactive compliance educational programs for Fortune 500 companies. For a change of pace, I taught French and English at the university level for a few years before delving into the chaotic whirlwind known as middle school. I have been teaching middle school English for eleven years now and love it!
I like to integrate technology into my curriculum and daily lesson plans. Although it's a challenge for a class like English, I try to design lessons that require the children to get out of their chairs and move around a bit. My lessons are also not taught in a vacuum; I try to connect them to what's going on in the world and kids' daily life, and I make my lessons as meaningful as possible so kids can see the relevance of each class meeting. Finally, I enjoy challenging kids beyond what people expect from their age level. For example, I taught my 7th graders about rhyme and meter in poetry, something usually reserved for high schoolers.
I designed a cross-curricular lesson plan for a summer reading book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. For me, it's an honor to be the feature of a marketing campaign for our private school.
I graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in European Studies and a Minor in French. I also have a M.A.T. in Teaching and an M.A. in French from Vanderbilt University.
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