I AM A GLOBAL CITIZEN AND DIGITAL STORYTELLER.
You'll find me at the intersection of three types of literacy: geographic literacy, technological literacy, and early reading literacy.
My ultimate goal is to create informed, civically-engaged citizens of the world.
I grew up as an American expat overseas for fourteen years. So, I was fortunate to have lots of international exposure at a young age. I live to explore new places and draw connections between those places. As a teacher, I instill global-mindedness in my students as a pathway to build empathy and challenge preconceptions. This mission was furthered when I was selected by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as a 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
I use new media and technology to broaden ways of thinking and inspire new questions. There are so many tools out there that enrich student inquiry and communication. With a classroom looking and reaching outward, the world comes closer together. I tell stories via digital multimedia to engage students, and I encourage even the youngest children to do the same.
Early Reading Literacy
I believe that purposeful storytelling is the first and best way to unlock new worlds. I earned my M.Ed in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. By sharing rich literature and teaching developmental reading skills, I pass along curiosity and a love of books. I'm currently teaching first grade in Colorado. Previously, I taught Kindergarten in Colorado and Washington, DC.
FEATURES & PUBLICATIONS
National Geographic Educator of the Week, Educator Spotlight: Exploring Animal Habitats in Virtual Reality