My teaching career began in 2002, and my experience now includes teaching in public school and several high-caliber private schools, including Sparhawk School, JCDS Boston, and The Garden Road School. In these schools, I taught academic, artistic, and elective courses to kindergarten through seventh grade. During several summers, I participated in educational programs designed to assist students in inner-city and low-income populations. I have been working in group tutoring settings and tutoring privately since 2002 as well.
In 2005, I started teaching Singapore Math; since that time, I have taught and/or tutored every level of Singapore Math from kindergarten through eighth grade. I also consult with public and charter schools, train teachers around the country and in New York through BOCES, and offer parent workshops in this method. Parents regularly approach me to request private tutoring or special programs like math parties. I also founded Singapore Math New York in 2011, where I run annual summer programs for math enrichment and reteaching.
Early in 2013, I began professional curriculum writing. I worked with Six Red Marbles as an editor and writer for their homeschool manuals for middle school Math in Focus. Then in May, I signed on as a part-time writer with Great Minds, as part of the team writing the Common Core math curriculum for New York State titled A Story of Units. As the standards are influenced heavily by Singapore Math, I found my teaching experience to be helpful in this process. When the curriculum was completed, I moved into offering professional development in implementing the curriculum.
I am also consulting with Engineeius as a writing team leader at the elementary and high school levels for STEAM after-school programs.
Another of my passions is creative writing. In 2010, my students and I published an anthology of their stories,
The Sun Shines on the Golden Dragon and the Mysterious Wizard, But Not on the Fat Smelly Alien. At the same time, I also published my first children’s book, Butterfly from the Sky. Both books were written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I was one of the first teachers to implement NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program and run annual creative writing programs for children during November. I also enjoy writing up DIY projects; one of my projects was featured in a How to Do Absolutely Everything Book.
Prior to teaching, I worked as a network manager at MIT. This experience allows me to bring my understanding and enjoyment of technology to the classroom and to other teachers.
New York State Professional Teaching Certificate, Grades 1-6
Massachusetts Professional Elementary Certification, Grades 1-6
Massachusetts Mathematics Certification, Grades 5-8
Lesley University, M.Ed., 2003 (with coursework in Technology in Education)
University of Michigan, B.A., 1989 (Psychology/Creative Writing)
Eureka Math – team writer for Grades 2 and 5
“Water-Resistant, Upcycled Camcorder Case,” in How to Do Absolutely Everything: Homegrown Projects from Do-It-Yourself Experts, 2013
Butterfly from the Sky, 2010
The Sun Shines on the Golden Dragon and the Mysterious Wizard, But Not on the Fat Smelly Alien (Editor), 2010