Teacher, Improvisor, and Creative Professional in Los Angeles, California
After graduating from high school in Las Vegas, NV, I traded the desert for upstate New York to study 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. I now teach Latin at the Harvard-Westlake School, where I have served in a number of administrative and community roles, including 4 years as Dean of Faculty.
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 role as a coach for IDEO's Teachers Guild design community, I help educators to design solutions to some of the most challenging problems in education. I also serve as secretary on the Board of Directors for the forthcoming Beacon School for Boys and am eager to share our school model with anyone interested in becoming involved with our growing community. Additionally, I am a board member 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 (see our Meetup page for more information). I am eager to continue building our community in Los Angeles and would love to chat with anyone interested in working together.