I began my teaching career at the university, and I loved teaching British literature, writing, and linguistics. However, an unexpected move to Venezuela and a seven-year stint as a secondary teacher pushed me to perfect my pedagogical techniques and strategies and kindled an abiding love for teaching teenagers to understand and value literature and philosophy.
My classrooms are dynamic and student-centered. After brief introductions of key concepts or ideas, I like to turn it over to my students and let them take the stage as questioners, writers, researchers, and debaters. The goal of each class is to demystify the process of reading literature "like a professor" and to show students that, with the right strategies, they can understand and interpret even the most difficult texts.
Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Excellence in Teaching recognition, and various fellowships and grants
B.A. in English from University of Cincinnati, M.A. in English from The Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University
When I am not reading literature or creating materials for my fellow teachers, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three wonderful children.