I knew I wanted to become a teacher at a very young age. Some of my earliest childhood memories include buying used textbooks at garage sales, teaching my little brother how to read and enjoying every aspect of school. I am so fortunate to have had incredible educators from kindergarten all the way through graduate school. Each of my teachers solidified my early decision on this incredibly rewarding career. My love of all things school coupled with my interests in history, philosophy and Spanish led to a B.A. from Binghamton University and M.A.T. from Union College.
I have 18 years of experience emulating my role models at private, public and charter schools in New York and Arizona, educating 5th through 12th grade students. My specialty is in differentiated instruction for World History/Geography, US/AZ History, American History/Literature, Psychology and Spanish.
My teaching philosophy consists of making real world connections, and utilizing technology and music whenever possible. These two universal languages act as inspirations to higher learning. I love to incorporate life lessons into every curriculum as well. Problem solving, organization, and the ability to focus and learn from mistakes are as important as the core subjects.
When I am away from the classroom, some of my favorite activities include cooking a new recipe, or training the dog. I enjoy watching my son play lacrosse and listening to my daughter perform live music at local venues. Every summer you will find me on the beach of the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans, reading as many books as possible, and conquering the never ending task of cleaning out closets.
I offer tutoring services to middle and high school students with a special focus on humanities, social studies and Spanish.