I am a student-centered leader.
My passion is supporting teachers, providing the systems and structures to plant seeds of change that have the capacity to transform education.
I am a networked educator, a questioner, a guide, a writer, a learner, and a cheerleader. But, most importantly I am a parent. I take that perspective with me into every classroom and every leadership meeting. The most tremendous gift families give us is their children, and I do my best every day to ensure we are living up to this honor in the way we teach, the way we support students, the way we cultivate curiosity, and the way we lead. It is my hope that we provide an atmosphere where our students are healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged.
I am an avid yogi and I find that many of the lessons I learn on the mat about balance, perseverance, and flexibility are lessons I can take with me into my work each day.
I am a self-proclaimed history nerd. On the weekends you will find me exploring historic sites and museums with my family or searching for our next great antique find. I pretend all my antiquing is so I can find unusual objects to use in the classroom for object-based lessons, but really, I just like finding objects that are unique. Our most prized object is a set of John F. Kennedy inauguration tickets and programs given to me by an old family friend when I was a child.
If I could have dinner with any figure from history, it would be George Washington. I have learned a lot about the importance of listening, risk-taking, and patience by studying him as a leader.
My favorite museum object is Owney the Dog, a US Postal Service dog, that served as the USPS unofficial mascot in the 19th century. He traveled all over the world through the US Postal Service. He is now on display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.