I am grateful that I have the privilege to teach at New Roots because the school is both a community and a family. Teachers and students feel connected to the curriculum, to each other, and to the mission and vision of the school. Before becoming a teacher, I worked for ten years with the AmeriCorps program in Washington DC. I enjoyed my career but wanted to work directly with young people. I earned an M.Ed. from the University of Texas. My graduate work focused on student-centered, inquiry-based education. My teaching philosophy is to nurture students’ natural curiosity and provide them with the necessary writing and communication skills that they will need to be successful in their lives beyond high school. Outside of school, I spend every moment possible with my family – traveling, hiking and eating lots of good food!