What is your role on the TEam?
I am so excited to have joined the TEam as an Instructional Coach.
Where did you study? List all that apply.
Wellesley College (B.A. – Architecture, Astronomy)
Old Dominion University (Teacher Certification)
Rice University (M.B.A.)
Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?
I grew up in a family where education was a top priority and thought of as the key to doing what one wants in life. All families—regardless of where they live—deserve to feel the same way. Highly skilled teachers are critical to changing the course of kids’ lives.
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.
I am a huge fan of think-pair-share. I love each element—the fact that kids have to reflect, the time they take to discuss their thinking with another student, and the sharing out at the end. Kids love to talk but sometimes aren’t given the time to think first. Think-pair-share prevents overly eager kids from jumping in before more reflective kids have time to process. It also gives a voice to the kids who tend to shy away from sharing with the whole group.
If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?
Supporting, empowering, encouraging
What advice would you have for an educator who aspires to become an instructional leader?
Ask questions! Ask questions of others. Ask questions of yourself. Approach your job with a “beginner’s mind.”
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to spend time with friends—if this time involves sharing food, even better! I like to cook when I have time. I also enjoy running and hiking with my boys (when we can find some mountains!).
Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?
I can’t wait to get one so that I have an opinion! J