Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in American Poetry from SUNY at Buffalo.
In 2007 I shuffled off from Buffalo and found myself in the Big Apple where I landed a job working in the main office of the Diller-Qualie School of Music. It was there I found my love and passion for teaching as I was quickly called to work in the Outreach Program as an assistant music teacher. From there I began teaching Afterschool and Summer Camp at the Little Red School House in the West Village where I was immersed in progressive education, project based learning and empowering children to create their own education. As my passion increased I began taking on more responsibilities as I regularly substituted in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. During that time I continued to work in the Afterschool program, which was full of art, science, language arts, cooking and physical education. These experiences have shaped my teaching philosophy by showing me the value of children’s ideas with regards to curriculum, the importance of knowing a child’s interests and needs, and using that information to develop a school environment for them to be successful in.
In 2011 my beautiful fiancé Natalie and I left the big city for the calm retreat of the Hill Country. At this point I began my graduate studies at Texas State in San Marcos where I am currently working towards my Masters in Elementary Education. Throughout the first year of my studies I had the privilege to work as a Graduate Assistant with various professors. During that time I worked as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Children’s Literature and an assistant Supervisor with the Inquiry and Play Workshop in San Marcos.
When I am not teaching, doing research, or reading mountains of education books, I enjoy writing and producing my own music, a hobby and passion that has been with me for most of my life. Also I enjoy swimming, drawing/painting and cooking.
Natalie and I currently live in the cozy town of San Marcos with our crazy mini- dachshund Olive and our ever grumpy cat Tobias, where we try to jump in the river and hike the trails as often as we can. Also I am excited to announce that on September 29th 2012, Natalie and I will officially be wed at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin.
I am so proud and excited to be joining the Eco-School community and I anticipate great fun, laughter and learning this upcoming year!