WHAT ARE YOUR DEGREES?
M.Ed. ELA Education, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
B.A. English, Rutgers University
I chose Newman because of its Cor Ad Cor Loquitur philosophy. At Newman, teachers get to serve many roles in helping students live and grow. Newman affords each of us abundant opportunities to apply our talents, share them with others, and learn from one another. I believe a school should be a second home, and a site for the development of not only academics, but people and communities. Newman is the kind of school that makes such things possible.
HOW WILL YOU BRING “HEART SPEAKS TO HEART” INTO YOUR TEACHING OR INVOLVEMENT WITH STUDENTS?
I like to get to know my students outside of the classroom. Knowing their interests, passions, and dreams not only helps me teach them better, but allows me to infuse their learning with such topics, and to advocate for them inside and outside of class. Newman's advisory system, myriad clubs, and location afford many opportunities to explore and enrich our learning outside of the classroom. At the end of the day, so much of school is about community, and about relationships. My love for my students, and my desire to advocate for them, their growth, and their needs is at the forefront of why I teach.
HOW WILL YOU USE THE “CITY AS OUR CAMPUS?”
I'm looking forward to taking Newman students to the Boston Public Library for projects, as well as to the Museum of Fine Arts and other more local and contemporary galleries around the city. I'm also excited to explore the banks of the Charles River, and the beautiful greenery around the city. Much of literature comes from and intersects with our experience of landscape, nature, and arts of many kinds. Whether it's discussions we'll be holding outdoors, silent walks for inspiration, or analytical expeditions to galleries, I want my students to see that learning isn't limited to the classroom or to the 45 minutes we have in it each day.
WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?
some Mandarin Chinese
TELL US A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF!
I'm an avid player of the TTRGP, Dungeons and Dragons. I've been gamemastering it since I was a kid, and playing as well. I hadn't played for many years, but returned to it during the six years I spent living and teaching in Shenzhen, China. It's since become a way I have of staying in touch with old and new friends, as well as exercising creativity, community, my love of stories, and quite a lot of comedy. I used to act in plays and short films, and in D&D, my love of improv, narrative, and human experience are things I get to flex and enjoy around a table or a zoom call with friends. I find it a healing, enriching, and riotously fun way to spend time.