“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I first heard this quote when I was in 10th grade during my US History class, and it continues to inspire me as a guiding principle in my work with students, faculty, families and the community. Through various courses on social justice issues and through my work with the Center for Public Purpose, I guide and encourage students to hold courageous conversations, seek truth, and take ownership over their learning so that they can be active change makers in school and the community and live a life that makes a difference.

To support learning, I use several pedagogical techniques such as project-based learning, students driven inquiry and action based research. It is through these practices that students participate in a classroom community where they can share their voices and develop a deeper understand of complex social and historical issues, such as race, equity, activism and civic engagement.

When I am not at Penn Charter I am volunteering in my community, exploring street art, traveling, hiking and reading.