I was named Principal of RISE SE in June 2020. Previously serving as a 5th grade teacher at RISE, I bring 20 years of experience as an educator. I believe that all learning begins with relationships. My career has included teaching grades 4-12, primarily focused in Language Arts, English and Advanced Placement English. I have had the opportunity to serve as a grade team lead, lead teacher, curriculum writer, guidance counselor and elementary school principal. I presented at the ACSI Southeast Regional conference on topics such as effective classroom management, learning through play and teacher retention/burnout.
I am passionate about social justice, trauma informed teaching, and social emotional learning, all of which play a huge part in my daily interactions with students. As a first-generation college graduate, my ultimate desire is to see underserved children receive an outstanding, equitable education that prepares them to confidently pursue post-secondary endeavors, along with a wide range of civic and global opportunities.