MS VICE PRINCIPAL & MYP CURRICULUM COORDINATOR
When I started teaching, as an Americorp volunteer sent to South Texas, I assumed that I would teach for two years and then find another job. Instead, 16 years later, I am happily still in schools and still challenged with how to best serve my students and the school community. Having taught in Catholic schools, large US public school districts (Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia), and international schools in Germany and Japan, I have found the common link of all schools is the desire to ensure all students are learning, both academically and personally.
I have been lucky enough to have a number of jobs in schools, where I have seen the complexity of the work of schools from a number of different vantage points. My primary role has been as classroom teacher, where I have taught middle school and high school social studies, history and Theory of Knowledge. I have also been team leader of humanities and professional development coordinator. I am currently the Middle School Vice Principal and MYP Curriculum Coordinator at Yokohama International School, Japan, where I am lucky enough to work with the special teachers who spend time with the most fun people in a school – middle schoolers.
Traveling – growing up a military brat overseas, travel has always been an important part of my life. My most prized possession is my passport and I always seem to buy too many scarves no matter where in the world I find myself.
Notre Dame Football – graduating with my BA and MEd from the University Notre Dame, I’ve spent years cheering the Fighting Irish. It hasn’t always been easy to be a fan, but Notre Dame is one of my favorite places in the world and there is something special about finding other Fighting Irish fans throughout the world.
Watching home renovation shows- Despite (or because of?) living in a small apartment in Tokyo, I am obsessed with home renovation shows. In those crazy times of year (report cards, parent conferences, the day before vacation), nothing lets me zone out and relax more than watching someone flip a house.
Student Leadership – I passionately believe that given the opportunity students will step up to any challenge we give them, they just need to feel supported and know that if they fail they will be safe. Through work with student councils, student-led activities, and project-based learning opportunities I have seen kids do incredible things and I am happiest when I am in the middle the chaos of kids taking ownership of their own learning.
Awards, Accolades & Honors
- National Board of Professional Teaching Certification Adolescent and Young Adult, Social Studies
- COETAIL Alumnae & Cohort Facilitator, COETAIL
- Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple
- Google Innovative Educator, Google
“I am excited to work on the advisory board for Eduro because I believe in the mission of Eduro, which focuses on improving learning for all students. I am passionate about thinking about how technology affects pedagogy and finding the best ways to learn skills and concepts in the 21st Century, something that Eduro stresses in all that it does. I think Eduro speaks to everyone – parents, administration, and teachers – who cares about the kids in our schools. ”