Currently changing the lives of middle schoolers one novel and writing assignment at a time. Been teaching 7th graders for the last 8 years and I love it, even the constant bathroom pass signing. I also taught at an Adult ESL night school program which was an awesome experience. Before reaching the middle school level, I started off in my district as a 9th and 10th grade LA teacher. So, I have taught everything from parts of speech or why a first name is needed on an assignment to Shakespeare and how to write a college essay.
My students call me "Lanz", and I'd like to think my presence in my classroom is to similar to that of "The Fonz" although none of my students would ever get that reference. I am tough when it comes to 3 things: respecting my classroom, respecting each other, and respecting their learning potential. Otherwise, I love to be sarcastic and funny and let my kids express themselves through creative activities. I don't take myself too seriously, so being approachable to my students is of the utmost importance. I push middle schoolers to constantly find their voices and be proud of their ideas. Carpe diem!
AWARDS AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS • Recipient of the Governor’s Educator of the Year Award, 2014-2015 School Year- Woo Hoo! • Advisor for the Gifted & Talented Program for 6th, 7th and 8th grades, 2014-2015 School Year • Co-Founder of the Middle School Merry Makers, September 2014 – Present • Cooperating teacher for SRHS Teach for Tomorrow student, September 2013 – June 2014 • SRMS Summer School Teacher, 2013-Present • After School Language Arts Tutor, 2013-2014 School Year • Mentor for new staff members, September 2013 – January 2013; 2014- 2015 School Year • Co-Director of the SRMS Academic Awards, 2011-2013 • Anime Club Advisor for SRMS students, 2012 School Year • Dance Club Advisor for SRMS students, 2011 School Year • Assistant Coach for SRMS Girls Soccer Team, 2010 Season • After School Language Arts Tutor, South River High School, September 2009 – June 2010
BA in English Secondary Education, K-12, January 2009 Kean University- Union, New Jersey • President of Freshman and Sophomore Class, 2004 and 2005 • Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2007 • Nominated for Student Teacher of the Year, 2008 • Member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society
My husband and I are both English Teachers, so we make up one nerdy duo. We love our profession and the subject of English so much that we even named our dog Shakespeare. I am a new mom to a beautiful little girl named Zoe, and we can't wait to introduce her to all of the wonderful classics we grew to love reading.