Antioch University, Los Angeles - MA, Educational Leadership/Social Justice Emphasis
Education has been a true calling for me. There are many who inspired me to go into this field but it was my mother who ultimately modeled what it meant to be a teacher in the larger sense of the word – she showed me what it meant to thrive, what it meant to show up for others, to celebrate both the big and small events of our lives, and create a life of meaning and passion. She introduced me to great music, theatre, and literature as well as the power of the mind. She was also my original mindfulness teacher! I have found opportunities to share all that my mother taught me in my profession as an educator and I feel truly blessed to understand what it means to be a lifelong learner.
I’ve been teaching in progressive, forward-thinking schools for 20 years. Teaching in both public and private, national and international schools has given me unique perspectives towards synthesizing best practices that are whole-child focused, inclusive and culturally relevant. My curiosity of the world has inspired me to travel to many different places over the years, including China, India, Tibet, Europe, Mexico, Oman and Bahrain and to live and work in Thailand for seven years. All of these experiences have informed my teaching philosophy and craft. It’s very important to me to bring in global perspectives and service learning, for my students to see that it’s not enough to only acquire knowledge, we must do something with it in order to benefit others and make the world a better place. I see education as an interrelated and embedded process – we are all on this journey together. Schools have the potential to play a profound role as spaces where providing a ‘sense of belonging, freedom, power, responsibility and fun’ (Glasser) can be realized.
After teaching and leading at a international school in Thailand for seven years, where I was the founding Director of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness, it felt like coming full circle, a sense of home when I found Friends School. The curriculum, rites of passage, rituals, and traditions resonate deeply with me. I feel that fortune has smiled on me even more since my daughter, Francesca, is also at this school – a loving community where she is known, seen, heard, challenged, and deeply valued. Many moons ago, my third grade teacher made a very positive lasting impression on me (I still remember her all these years later!!) … I aim to do the same for my amazing students this year.