"A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves." Lao-Tzu
Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, I moved immediately to NYC upon graduation. I received an Associated Arts Degree from NYU, a Bachelor's in Arts (Political Science) from University of Minnesota, and a Master's in the Science of Teaching from Pace University. My teaching style and philosophy was inspired by my teaching experiences at a large, public high school in Queens, NY. The level of disengagement and angst proved too much for traditional teaching methods and I started searching for ways to connect the course material authentically to students lives and future aspirations. When I came to High Tech High I saw firsthand the power in project-based learning and cross-curricular collaboration. To better understand how students experience a collaborative learning environment and how teachers and students can shape a classroom experience that fosters creative production, Joseph Acker, my teaching partner, and I researched our classroom.