For most of my career I worked at Sitka High School teaching up to five levels of French and a wide range of social studies courses from history to current global issues. Most recently I taught elementary ESL and have been an adjunct instructor at the graduate level. My educational training includes a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota, a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Hamline University. This background and my teaching experiences have fueled my interest in cross-curricular learning, language acquisition, and promoting diversity.
When I'm not in school, I spend as much time as I can exploring other cultures and the world around me through travel, books, film or shared stories. This is what I have sought to give my students: an interest in exploring new perspectives and the tools to open the doors to new worlds. Just as I have learned to value knowledge of my roots and the vitality of my community, education should help students understand the story of their past and enable them to become active, effective participants in their communities.
As I work with early career teachers, I aim to support them in creating an environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities, and in developing lessons that enable all students to achieve.
"For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others."