Improvisor, Creative Professional, and Strategist in Burlingame, California
After graduating from high school in Las Vegas, NV, I studied Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. There in Ithaca, a few Classics courses I took one summer persuaded me to study the ancient world in more detail, eventually leading me to change my career focus and move to Los Angeles to study Greek and Latin in graduate school. While working on an MA in Classics at UCLA, I became fascinated by historical linguistics, at which point I shifted over to the PhD Program in Indo-European Studies, where I worked on the history of the Greek and Latin languages. Following my graduate work at UCLA, I taught Latin at the Harvard-Westlake School and served in a number of administrative and community roles, including 4 years as Dean of Faculty, and then moved on to serve as Director of Educational Technology at the Vistamar School, where I was a member of the school's senior leadership team and developed a Computer Science program. I now work as a Technology Consultant for Knowing Technologies, which supports independent schools in California through managed services and instructional coaching.
As a Google Certified Innovator, I approach my roles within education with the mindset of a designer and improvisor and am at my best when collaborating with those who share this mindset. In my former role as a coach for IDEO's Teachers Guild design community, I helped educators to design solutions to some of the most challenging problems in education. Additionally, I am a former board member and president for the CUE Los Angeles affiliate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educator professional growth in the Los Angeles area, in which I work closely with the local tech community, including General Assembly and EdSurge, to organize various events for our local area. I also serve as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Beacon School for Boys. I am eager to continue collaboration with the educator community in the San Francisco Bay Area and would love to chat with anyone interested in working together.