One of my favorite aspects of being a middle school educator, outside of spending time with our students in the classroom, is that every year, week, day, hour and minute are going to be different experiences. I love the challenge of navigating through these different experiences, learning about a student and how to help them learn, and working with other educators to create the best environment for students to grow. I have been working in educational settings for over fifteen years, but specifically teaching in schools for nine. Here at Penn Charter, I have the privilege of teaching 6th and 8th grade visual arts, as well as holding the role of Middle School Assistant Director.
My interest in the arts began in high school, specifically in the area of ceramics. I spent many hours in the ceramics room learning how to throw on the wheel in my late high school years. I earned a degree in art education from Albright College, where I also worked at an independent study in ceramics and apprenticed with a local potter for three years. Along with my passion for the arts, I have always had a passion for working with Middle School students in particular. With support from Penn Charter, I attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I received a master’s degree in School Leadership. I am now going into my third year as the Assistant Director of Middle School, and I feel extremely grateful to have an administrative role that immerses me in student life, while still allowing me to teach multiple classes.
When I am not at Penn Charter, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking long runs with my fiancée, and hanging with our two miniature golden doodles. I also love to stay active by playing golf and pick-up basketball games.