Education Background: BA at Binghamton University, MA in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, expected EdM at Bank Street College
Last two professional locations and titles: Lead teacher at Academy of the City Charter school and Future Leaders Institute Charter School
Who inspired your love of literacy and why? My 4th and 5th grade teacher saw the potential in my writing skills and encouraged me to write my thoughts and ideas. I've always loved reading when I was a child and found peace among the bookshelves at the library.
What was your favorite childhood book? It's difficult to pick one book, I would have to say "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "Caps for Sale" and despite how scared I was, I always reread "In a Dark, Dark Room and other Scary Stories."
What inspires you to support literacy? I believe that obtaining a strong literary foundation provides the key to educational equity. I am deeply inspired by the students I have taught and their growth over the years. It was rewarding to see them have those "Ah-Ha!" moments when we had those deeply rich literary discussions.
What is your favorite literary hobby? I love doing read alouds with Elephant and Piggie books.
What makes Literacy Trust special to you? The Literacy Trust's goal for social justice and educational equity is one of the reasons why I was drawn to the organization. I am grateful for an organization that seeks to empower the underdogs and to provide opportunities for both adults and students to come away from our support with a lasting impact on their communities.