Greetings and Salutations to English 11!
My Education and Professional Background
Originally from a small town in northern New Jersey, I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from Syracuse University. Seeking a career in the nonprofit sector, I pursued my first Masters in Arts Administrations from Indiana University. I stayed in Indiana and worked in marketing for the IU Opera & Ballet Theatre. After some life changes, I was hired by my hometown high school to run their drama department. The experience working with kids changed my life! On the quest for a new beginning, and to live among the mountains, I moved to Arizona in 2018 and received my Masters in education and teaching from the University of Arizona in May 2019 while student teaching right here in Hamilton High School.
My Educational Philosophy
My passion is teaching the next generation. I like to run; what some people think is grueling, I find rewarding. I did not find running until my mid-20's when I wanted a new physical challenge for myself. Like running, I found teaching later in life. I discovered an inner joy from being in the classroom, creating fun lesson plans and getting to know my students on a personal level. I actually believe that my running has helped my teaching, and, vise versa, teaching has helped my running. American writer and runner Hal Higdon once said, “Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” Running motivates me to aspire to be better each day in front of my students.
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