I grew up in Europe, but then later moved to the United States. I went to college out west and abroad, with an original concentration in dentistry. Then, after working as an orthodontic assistant for several years I realized that seeing my patients sense of dread before and during appointments was not rewarding. I decided to pursue a career in education, and that's when my whole life changed. I have been in the NYC DOE for almost 20 years. I love having the ability to help children achieve their best and seeing the way their minds work. Further, this profession encourages your own growth because to do it well requires your own continuous education. I enjoy hiking and traveling because both activities invite adventure and has made me realize what a tiny place we occupy in the world.