Professional Profile

Welcome to my page. I hope it will teach you a little bit about me.

I have a dozen years of experience teaching middle and upper-school English in an all-girls, internationally diverse boarding school, and in a co-educational independent day school.   Currently, I am teaching Middle School History and Drama, as well as Freshman Human Geography, but my previous three years were spent teaching American Literature to English 11 AP and non AP students, and special topics courses to college-bound seniors. I also taught elementary school for seven years and College Freshman English at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

One of the greatest joys of being an independent-school teacher is getting to play a variety of roles along side teaching.  For me, the greatest of these has been leading experiential seminars on topics I don’t normally get to extend in everyday teaching, topics such as film history, railroad history, and the world of backstage theater.

Other than devoting a large portion of my life to exploring the cultural side of life with young people, I enjoy creating an imaginative world through story-writing, and adding the imaginary to real events in my own life.  As I continue to write, certain themes continue to emerge and seem to center upon melancholic nostalgia, finding meaning in mediocrity, and anything involving the clumsy and the absurd.

A scene from a play I directed: “Deadwood Dick or the Game of Gold, A Rootin Tootin Melodrama in Three Acts”

My other favorite role has been directing middle-school plays.  The process of directing seems to engage perfectly all of my interests and talents, from writing to performing to singing and playing the piano.  There is truly nothing like working with young actors toward a common goal, and watching all of us deepen, develop, and gain a valuable sense of self-esteem from work well done.  It’s a perfect opportunity to help young teenagers focus positively and productively their confusions, shifting emotions, and desire to be noticed and appreciated.

That's me at the "tavern" serving up corn meal during my 2012 Colonial Living History Day.

That’s me at the “tavern” serving up corn meal during my 2012 Colonial Living History Day. To see more about my Living History Day projects, click on “My Projects (examples)” to the left.

Right after we moved to Colorado, my husband and I hiked to the top of Pike’s Peak.

Our ECS Astonomy students at the Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona.

This is me as Mary (Peter, Paul & Mary) after a 1960s Revue Show. Surrounding me are some of my adorable 7th-graders, back in 2011.