I have extensive experience supporting students in a variety of schools: I taught first grade in a computer magnet school and continuing education at a community college. I taught high school English at a prep school in Boston and middle schoolers at a summer program in New Hampshire. I have taught kindergarten, post-graduates, and preschool. But what fascinated me most about teaching was understanding how people learn, no matter what age they are.
I was drawn to the Green Mountain State specifically by the educational frameworks designed to support personalized learning for all students. After honing my skills as a learning specialist in independent institutions, I wanted to be a part of a public school system that recognizes that one size does not fit all and understands that all students can learn.
My experience in learning support is personal as well as professional. As a single mother with two children who struggled in school, I know firsthand how hard it is to find resources and advocate for our children. Through their experience, I discovered my own challenges with attention and learned strategies to manage my own workflow as well as theirs. You can read more about my experience here.
The leap from the big city to rural Vermont might have been a bigger culture shock except for a year of transition during the pandemic, which I spent in my hometown in rural central New York to care for my aging parents. While I was there, I felt my entire being reorienting itself to a way of life that I had forgotten and was ready to embrace. People say that Vermont is not for the faint of heart. If this is true, I was meant to be here. It may come as no surprise that I am an avid skier and love all winter sports. Access to the great outdoors and my gut instinct to return to a rural way of life, combined with my passion for education, led me here and I am grateful that I was wise enough to pay attention.