transforming our hearts, transforming our classrooms, transforming our world
Language shapes our vision(s) of the world. By understanding our students' multilingual experiences we can transform our instructional practices and schools to help our students' thrive. I worked with linguistically diverse students in New York City and Tucson, Arizona public schools; two cities that are at the center of public discourse around educational language policy and planning. When I moved overseas to China, I was part of a core team of educators working at a catalyst immersion school for host country nationals. Language and cultures' intersection with education has been a passion for my entire teaching career.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
I served as an MLL Specialists and Instructional Coach at The American School in Japan for 8 years, developing a strong co-teaching program alongside many other talented educators . During this time I served as ELLSA Japan Chapter Coordinator. Previously, I have assisted Dr. Virginia Rojas as part of the Principle Teacher Training Center's EAL Certificate. I also worked as a coach and course developer with MiniPD. I have a broad range of experience as a classroom teacher, EAL teacher, and curriculum coordinator in the K-12 setting. I specialize in working with schools in visioning and designing systems where multilingual learners can thrive. I also specialize in working with teachers in unit and lesson planning that strategically meets students’ needs through standards aligned-instruction, inquiry, differentiation, and progressive scaffolding. I am dedicated to building a more transformative educational landscape that honors linguistic diversity and challenges societal paradigms. I am passionate about helping other educators take their own professional journey in order to use research based best practices for multilingual students and transform their classrooms.
When I am not teaching, I love to travel and experience local cuisines. I also enjoy hiking with my family; some of my favorite spots are the Catalina Mountains of Tucson or Mount Takao outside of Tokyo. I also am an avid painter and crafter. One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new country is explore the local art supply stores. I'm a ferocious reader. Some of my favorite fiction titles include: The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urea, Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger, and Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi.