I am a High School Language Arts teaching English 2, Foundations of English, and Sophomore Advisory. I love how PGA supports students wherever they are at and empowers them to own their learning process.
My favorite thing is watching people become more fully who they are and discover their superpowers. I am passionate about helping the humans feel our feelings, speak our truth, and awaken to our inherent worthiness.
My goal is for each of us to become better humans so that we can make the world a better place for ALL the humans. I also get really excited about helping students fall in love with a book and realize all of us are writers with something to say and a voice that deserves to be heard.
I love saltwater and sand and seagulls and a rocky coastline...so I can be found at the Reservoir as much as possible trying to pretend I'm at the ocean. I like traveling on epic road trips with my four kids and learning how to partner an evolving person in my partner of sixteen years. I also love my two dogs- a rat terrier rescue named Pema and a Bernedoodle named Freyja. Pema looks like a piece of lint and Freyja looks like a mop so they get along well.
My background includes a combined nine years experience in hybrid teaching and learning. If you want to read more about that, read on!
More stuff about me that starts to get really detailed:
I began my career in Alternative Ed. teaching life skills to high-risk students in a GED program. I then helped open a traditional high school in Virginia, teaching 9th grade regular and special education as well as founding the school's first Theatre Department and teaching drama classes. A few years later, I moved from the traditional classroom into the virtual classroom, helping to open one of the first virtual high schools in Virginia, teaching 10th grade Lang & Comp. Additionally, I taught as Adjunct Faculty for two online universities: Ashford U. and University of Phoenix.
I received my Bachelor's of Music w/ a 2nd major in English from James Madison University, and an M.Ed in Secondary Education/Curriculum Development from George Mason University. I also hold a Residential Interiors Certification from CSU and an Actor's Equity Association membership since 2004.
In addition to my work as an educator, I co-founded a three-time Houzz award-winning real estate staging and interior design company in 2014 called TroveCollective. I am also the founder and president of a local not-for-profit called Arkitekt (founded in 2011), and I sit on the Community Advisory Board of the World Wisdoms Project.
I am passionate about the social-emotional well-being of my students. To this end, I am a certified Safe and Sound Practitioner (a trauma-informed sound healing protocol based on the work of Stephen Porges), a SourcePoint Therapy Practitioner, and I co-lead Mindfulness Mornings for our staff.