What is your role on the TEam?
I’m excited to be joining the team as an instructional coach.
Where did you study? List all that apply.
I studied history at Columbia University.
Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?
I am passionate about education because no child’s educational opportunity should be limited based on the zip code into which he or she was born. I want all students to have both the ability and the opportunity to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. I’m passionate about teacher development because teachers are such a key aspect of every child’s education, and great teachers lead to great outcomes for kids. New teachers need and deserve genuine support as they strive to meet their students’ needs throughout the year.
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.
I really loved my Do First routine. Having a strong entrance procedure/Do First allowed me to check homework while students completed a skill-review activity. It set the tone in my class every day and helped me maximize instructional time.
If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?
Collaborative, creative, and purposeful
What advice would you have for an educator that aspires to become an instructional leader?
Focus on constantly improving as a teacher by trying new strategies, learning from more-experienced teachers, and attending professional developments. Spend time reflecting on your own practice so that you can help others avoid your mistakes.
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to cook, bike, and explore Houston—especially its delicious restaurants.
Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?
My favorite TE shirt is the one that says, “Start Strong, Finish Stronger.” As teachers and coaches, we should be constantly improving, and the “Start Strong, Finish Stronger” motto helps me keep that in mind. (Also it was my first TE shirt!)