I bring 15 years of classroom teaching experience to the table, 12 of which were spent focusing on helping students improve critical reasoning skills necessary to pass the state graduation exam. I have since diversified my experience by teaching overseas, learning new curriculum and being challenged by the diverse needs of multicultural students in an international school setting.
Passionate about student advocacy, my teaching style is student-centered. I seek to empower my students to develop competence and confidence in their communication skills through persuasively-articulated claims supported by sound evidence and logical reasoning. My students' learning is generally Socratic in nature and includes a heavy focus on writing and project-based learning.
I was nominated twice as the district's "teacher of the year" before moving overseas. Last year the student body awarded me their "Spirit of the Turtle" award for my dedication to student leadership. I have also won several grants, writing on behalf of student projects, as well as being honored by the "Teachers Teaching Teachers" Committee of my current school for my commitment to offering professional development workshops to local educators.
After graduating from high school in Eastern Washington I earned my AA from North Idaho College, after which I moved to Tacoma to finish my Bachelors of Arts in Education at Pacific Lutheran University. In 2015 I finished my masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Walden University.
I travel as often as possible; I enjoy writing, reading, and drinking coffee.