As an educator my primary goal is to position my students as protagonists in their learning, their community, and their world. This is rooted in a deep respect that I hold for the rights of children and a determination to uphold those rights. This begins in my classroom by developing consistent relationships with students, families, and the larger community in which they live. From this standpoint, I am able to create rich, authentic learning experiences that address real experiences, ideas, puzzles, and issues that are relevant to my students.
Prior to pursuing a Masters in Elementary Teaching, I worked for two years as an interventionist in Detroit Public Schools. I was able to learn about and practice nonviolent communication with my students. Through this experience, I have come to believe that emotional literacy and mindfulness, especially for our most vulnerable students, are essential aspects of socio-emotional learning. I continue to look for opportunities to weave this into my practice.
Outside of the classroom, I am an avid reader, right now I'm reading The Hundred Languages of Children by Edwards, Gandini, and Forman. My family and friends are extremely important to me, I spend most of my time outside of school enjoying their company. I also love getting outside to camp and hike all kinds of terrain!