Who We Are
I have been teaching for the NYC Department of Education since 2010. I graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education. I hold a masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hunter College and have completed continued education courses in literacy from Columbia’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Currently, I work with English language learners and students with disabilities in second and third grade classes in South Brooklyn. My years spent working with a wide range of learners with different needs has given me the opportunity to differentiate curricula and scaffold lessons in order to make learning accessible for all learners. I am also working as a Model Teacher for the NYC DOE through a program that enlists highly skilled teachers to expand their reach beyond the classroom, allowing me to improve the instructional practices of other teachers at my school.
In addition, I have worked as a private tutor for children ages 2 through grade 8 in Tribeca, the West Village and the Upper East Side. Through my one- to one sessions, I would focus specifically on the needs of the individual child and provide students with the tools and understanding they needed to reach their individual goals in a variety of subjects and test prep. I worked with the same handful of students over the course of five years. I worked along side my tutoring clients as they advanced through reading levels, evolved from emerging writers to essay writers, and worked with children who felt stuck and frustrated with grade level math standards to becoming mathematical problem solvers who reason logically and solve problems multiple ways. I quickly saw the benefits of teaching in this setting, through improved confidence and academic growth of each child I worked with.
I am excited to begin my 11th year as a classroom teacher in NYC public schools. I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Welfare, a minor in African American Studies, and an emphasis in Education. I began my teaching career here in NYC schools over a decade ago through the Teach for America program. I earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College and has taught both lower and upper elementary grades. Therefore, I have a wealth of experience working with a variety of subjects and grades. I am proud to be a founding teacher at my current school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. There I designed the 2nd grade curriculum and have become well versed in adapting curricula to fit the varying needs and learning styles of all students. Additionally, as a teacher, I have worked extensively with gifted students and am skilled in extending my instruction to challenge above grade level students.
Throughout me teaching career, I have worked as a private tutor for students ages 4-12. I support my students in all subject areas and also provide test prep (ISEE, ERB, Gifted & Talented). I relish the opportunity to work one-on-one with my students and create a learning plan tailor-made to each individual student’s needs and interests. Most importantly, I work strategically to help build the confidence of my students because I believe that is at the heart of every child’s success.
Above all else, I believe in the power and importance of connecting children’s learning to real world experiences. Throughout my teaching career, I have seen that when children have the opportunity to interact firsthand with concepts they have been studying, their learning is brought to new heights. I love connecting with the children of this amazing city and working with them as a teacher, tutor, and tour guide in order to connect them to different topics and ideas that continually fuel their love of learning and passion for discovery.