Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Message to Families
Photo by Crescent Leigh
Originally from the midwest, I earned my bachelor's degree in political science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. During my time as an undergraduate student, I worked as an assistant teacher, sports instructor, and camp counselor for preschool and elementary students. Following graduation, I moved to California. I earned my master's degree in education and teaching credential at Stanford University in 2012. During my time as a student teacher, I worked with students in grades two through five at three different schools in the Bay Area.
I have four primary goals as an educator. I want to support students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to be empathetic, responsible partners in their personal relationships; informed, active citizens in our democracy; productive, independent, and confident members of our society; and specialists in fields of their choice. In order to achieve those goals, I emphasize experiential, lifelong learning; cooperation; democratic values; and personal autonomy. Above all, I try to uphold the dignity of students and parents and foster positive relationships with all.
The psychiatrist William Glasser once said that his ideal teacher would begin each school year with this simple message: We are in this class together. I want to help you to be competent or go beyond. My job is to teach you and help you learn, not to find out what you don’t know and punish you for not knowing it. If you have a question, ask me. If you need more time, I’ll give it to you. If you have an idea how to do what we are trying to do better, tell me. I’ll listen.
I want to bring that level of respect and humility to my practice every day by choosing my words and actions with care, explaining my decisions, and apologizing for my mistakes. I believe that the resulting relationships we students are essential as I present them with complex questions and authentic work opportunities.