In the fall of 2013 I returned to my teaching roots as a 7th grade World Geography at Wilson Middle School in Natick, MA. For the previous two years I served as an Instructional Technology Specialist at Wilson, and spent ten years at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. I will be forever grateful for my time at Carroll as it is where I learned how to be a teacher, the true meaning of UDL and differentiated instruction, and the power of technology in education.
My passion is teaching my students to become thoughtful and mindful global citizens. Much of this passion stems from my work in Holocaust and genocide studies. Since the first time I read Diary of Anne Frank and then Night, I have devoted time to learning more about the Holocaust. In 2015 I had the privilege of being part of the USC Shoah Foundation “Past is Present” teacher delegation, which brought me to Poland and culminated at the commemoration ceremony for the 70th Anniversary of the liberation or Auschwitz, a ceremony that took place among Auschwitz survivors in front of the Gates of Death. Continuing my pledge to learn more, I attended the USHMM Belfer Conference for Educators in in 2016, and in 2017 was honored to be selected to be a member of the 2017 Museum Teacher Fellowship cohort. Each day I strive to learn more and to find ways to educate others on my mission to never let anyone forget.
I am proud to dedicate energy each year to the EdCamp world as a member of the EdCamp Boston Organizing Committee, and to November Learning as part of the BLC conference each summer in Boston.
And last, but certainly not least, I am the mom of three great kids who challenge me daily to be a better mom, a better educator and a better person. When not in school, I am usually on a local field or theatre supporting and/or coaching my kids.
As many have said, we need to educate our students for their future, not ours, and certainly not the past. This is an exciting, and critical, time to be an educator.