I am an educator, and I have worked with students learning English from kindergarten to college age. Currently, I am an English Language teacher working with a diverse and courageous group of students in Metro Nashville School system. In my role, I provide English language services to students as well collaborate with classroom teachers and parents to support students as they transition to a new community. I am also co-project coordinator of Patterson RAPS, a program sponsored by best selling author James Patterson and Vanderbilt. Middle school students in the area come to the Vanderbilt campus on Saturday mornings. The program was designed for students to get excited about reading, to engage with Vanderbilt community, and to express their voices and stories.
In the community, I served on the board of directors for NICE, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment. I have enjoyed coaching and volunteering with the Girls on the Run program. It has been a pleasure to see girls make a commitment to their health and personal well being.
My professional interests include supporting heritage language programs and giving voice to teacher and student stories. I enjoy visiting schools (locally and internationally) to learn how teachers and schools are preparing children to think critically and be future ready. In my personal time, I enjoy checking out coffee shops, hiking, and reading.