As an undergraduate at Providence College, I majored in both elementary education and special education. I taught at a residential school for emotionally disturbed students before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend graduate school. At American University, I studied under Sally Smith (founder of the Lab School) and earned a master’s degree in learning disabilities, where I am now a professor in the education department. Before expanding Learning Links Educational Services, I worked as an education specialist and special education teacher at Janney Elementary School, a D.C. Public School, and as the learning specialist at Sheridan School in D.C.. I have expertise in a variety of reading, writing and math programs, including Phono-Graphix, Wilson Reading System, Lindamood-Bell, Read Naturally, Writer’s Workshop, Step Up to Writing, and the Everyday Math program.
A native of New York, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. As a junior and senior at Cornell, I was a teaching assistant in a computer course and that is when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in education. After several years in the restaurant industry, I went back to school to earn my Masters degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Since then, I have taught in elementary schools in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia. For the last 16 years, I have been teaching at Morningside Elementary School, a highly regarded school within the Atlanta Public School system. For 11 of those years, I taught 4th grade math and science, and for the past five years I have been a gifted education teacher for children in 1st through 5th grades. I am currently the gifted lead teacher. During my time at Morningside, I have added my middle school and gifted endorsements, and earned my Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership. I have a love of math and science, but I have taught all subjects over the years and I am also Orton-Gillingham trained.
As an undergraduate from Boston University, I received my degree in secondary mathematics education. I started my teaching career as a middle school mathematics teacher and learning specialist in Woburn, MA before transitioning into a high school teaching position in Wilmington, MA. In addition to my teaching positions within the school district, I was also a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center, working with children as young as 5 years old. After teaching for 3 years, I decided to pursue my passion for physical therapy. Prior to attending physical therapy school at the George Washington University, I worked one additional year as a paraprofessional in a middle school special education program in Boston, MA, working with students primarily in math and science. Although I now work full time as a licensed physical therapist, I couldn’t completely let go of my love of teaching and working with children and adolescents. To maintain a connection with the education world, I have been tutoring for Learning Links for the past 5 years focusing primarily on middle and high school math and science.
As a native to upstate New York, I received my undergraduate degree in secondary history and special education from Niagara University. I attended the State University of New York at Geneseo for graduate school where I earned a master's in Literacy Education. I taught 6th and 7th-grade special education and social studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for five years before moving to Washington, DC. For a year, I was a middle school learning Specialist at Sheridan School in Washington DC. Currently, I am a 6th-grade social studies teacher at Deal Middle School, a District of Columbia Public school. Throughout my career, I have specialized in executive functioning, organizational skills, reading, and writing.
My background includes a B.A. in English/Communications and a successful 20-year career in production marketing, which I left to start a family and ultimately, begin the process of becoming an educator. I spent six years co-teaching 2, 3, and 4-year olds for an early childhood center which used a curriculum model based on the natural curiosity of young children. This became my teaching starting point as well as where I experienced the importance of meeting children where their interests are, in order to help them become invested in their own learning. The path to supporting struggling readers became even clearer to me as the parent of a child who learns differently. This drove my personal quest to understand the efficacy of adapting teaching methods to a variety of learning styles. Through the Dyslexia Training Institute, I earned a certification for implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach as remediation for individuals with dyslexia. Orton-Gillingham has been shown to benefit students formally diagnosed dyslexic, as well as those children who, despite traditional teaching environments, continue to struggle as readers. Designing creative ways to engage, on an individual basis, and witnessing the blossoming confidence of growing readers—all while sharing a deep love of books—energizes and inspires my work.
As an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was the Colleges' first graduate from the Teacher Education Program to earn her K-12 Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. My passion for education equity, in and out of the classroom, motivated me to join the Peace Corps, where I served as an Education volunteer in a variety of rural schools in Kosovo. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I served not only as an English Teacher, but planned and organized professional development opportunities for teachers, leadership and language camps for students, and workshops on educational equity and empowering students with exceptionalities for fellow volunteers and local professionals. I returned to DC, where I worked as a Learning Specialist for DCPS before taking my current job at Washington Jesuit Academy as the 7th grade Reading and Language Arts Teacher.
I hold my Masters in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from George Washington University and I am now a doctoral candidate for my Doctorate in Education at George Washington University. I have worked as a Learning Specialist and Academic Tutor for over ten years, specializing in speech and language development, writing and reading support, executive functioning coaching, and specific learning disability support.
I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Maryland, College Park where I studied early childhood education and human development.
I began my teaching career in Montgomery County Public Schools. I spent one year teaching third grade and two years teaching second grade. While teaching, I started tutoring with Learning Links and realized the impact I could make beyond my own classroom.
After spending three years teaching in MCPS, I made the decision to leave the classroom to pursue a career in curriculum development. Currently, I work on the Eureka Math team at Great Minds, an educational publishing company. I support content development for grades K-12 and coordinate with various teams throughout the production process.
I have worked with students of all ages with various learning styles and abilities. My areas of expertise include elementary-level Mathematics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Biology, and Chemistry. I also support executive functioning, study skills, organizational skills, and test preparation.
I received both my bachelor's degree in psychology and my master's degree in special education from American University. Previously, I was a classroom teacher at The Lab School of Washington, specializing in multisensory reading, mathematics, and writing instruction for students with varying language-based learning disabilities. Since then, I have led a micro-school, where I developed and implemented differentiated academic and social-emotional curriculums for students between 2-5 years of age. Whether it be in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one setting, I believe in creating an engaging learning experience that is unique to meet each individual student's needs. Throughout my career, I have utilized many educational programs, including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System, Read Naturally, and The Writing Revolution.