What makes me… me? My family, to be sure. My love of traveling, literature, and learning, and the fact that school (any school) is my happy place. I am a transplant to the Ithaca area and moved here solely for the purpose of teaching at New Roots, a school with values in line with my own. As a teacher, I find sources of inspiration surround me at New Roots, from the gorges and artwork of the Ithaca community to the impassioned and authentic individuals with whom I have the pleasure to teach and work. My hope is that all of my students will walk out of my English classroom with the skills and passion to use what they’ve learned to engage critically with the world around them.