“ What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
PROFESSIONAL/QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- M. Ed. in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- MA in Peace and Development, Universitat Jaume I
- BA in Comparative Literature with a Concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Haverford College
- Elementary Education (Massachusetts)
- Teachers College Writers Workshop (June 2017)
- Balanced Literacy (2017)
- Differentiation in Teaching of English as an Additional Language (2015)
- Third grade teacher at ACS (2015-present)
- Elementary English teacher at St. Andrew's (2008-2015)
- Program Manager, Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies (2005-2007)
- Program Coordinator, MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice (2003-2005)
- Program Coordinator, International Programs, Babson College (1998-2000)
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and studied for my undergraduate degree at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and for a semester in Santiago, Chile before returning there to work in higher education for nine years. My first role working with international, exchange and study abroad students inspired me to pursue a Master's degree in International Education, after which I had the opportunity to live in Spain as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar of Goodwill while earning a second Master's in Peace and Development. I have loved traveling throughout the Americas and Europe, including Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, the U.S. and Uruguay.
After spending 2002 in Europe, I returned to Boston to engage MIT students and faculty with human rights issues. Later at Harvard, I continued to coordinate internship programs and an events series while also managing the Scholars at Risk program and conducting research on child asylum seekers. I met my Bolivian husband in 2007 and moved to La Paz, where I have been teaching since 2008.
After eight years teaching English to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, I found my home in third grade at ACS in 2015. I especially love introducing students to the thrill of reading and discovering new worlds through literature. I hope to inspire them daily, as they inspire me, to write our life stories as the powerful protagonists as in the books we most enjoy. I published a version of my college thesis on The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende in the Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies (2001) and continue to re-read favorite books alone, with friends and family members around the world, and now with my two children, Alisa Simone and Samuel Agustin. Together we enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, drawing and learning from those around us.