I took a non-traditional route to education. I studied English literature at Rutgers University, and graduated in 2011 intending to apply to graduate programs and pursue a doctorate in literature. Figuring this would be my last opportunity to explore teaching non-university students, I decided to apply to the New York City Teaching Fellows, a joint graduate and teaching program. I've spent the past two years realizing how important and how fun teaching high school can be. I've also deeply believed in the importance and the power of education, and it has been thrilling to be a part of it.
Through the Teaching Fellows, I received a Masters in special education from Hunter College last May. I'm looking forward to a year in which I can focus more closely on improving my teaching and my students. It will be my third year teaching special education and ELA at a small high school in the South Bronx, where I also hope to start a track team.
Outside of the classroom, I am an avid runner, reader, and writer. I will be completing my fifth marathon (Chicago in October!) with the hopes of running under 3 hours. One day, I hope to publish a book about my experiences in the classroom, but until then I look forward to sharing my thoughts, challenges, and triumphs with you. I hope you will share yours, too.