I’m a National Board Certified English teacher who has taught for 14 years in varied classroom environments in the Bay Area, including continuation schools, general education schools, and Loyola Marymount University. From years of classroom experience trying, changing, despairing, researching, and improving on strategies to help all learners, my specialties include addressing the needs of struggling students while simultaneously honoring the needs of students who have traditionally excelled in school.
I offer professional development for teachers ready to put connection with students and student wellness at the top of their priorities, making the classroom once more a safe space for teachers, students, and, well, humans.
We aren’t here to “break” anyone. Teachers are there to drop a line for students who want to share. For students who don’t, we help “make” them, listening for what they love and finding ways to nurture that. We give students opportunities to share themselves with others and plant the idea that they are people who matter to the class. This is so when those students are ready to heal, they already know there is someone inside of them worth leading out of the darkness.