After the fourth grade I moved to Wilsonville, OR and stayed there through my high school career. I grew fond of playing the violin and then the guitar, learning life lessons through being on a soccer and basketball team, grubbing on meals with my family and expanding my voice on the stage, through leadership positions and in the great outdoors.
Once becoming an "adult", I took many different educational avenues that helped guide me to the profession of teaching. The idea of offering positive options for youth began my interest in working at the high school level, and I knew that it would be a place where I personally could participate in all the things I love: writing, playing sports, connecting with folks, laughing hysterically, making art, telling stories, traveling to far off destinations and learning through experience.
This is my eleventh year teaching (and my third year at Wilson HS). I feel completely at home in the community and with the people. This is a supportive environment that hosts a great deal of talent. It is a pleasure to work with the students and the faculty, and I can only hope to stay here well into the future.
Glendale American Elementary
Boeckman Creek Elementary
Inza R. Wood Middle School
West Linn HS
Clackamas Community College While in high school: Literature and Calculus
University of Oregon
Bachelor's of Science in Psychology
Hunter College, City University of New York While on student exchange
Portland Community College Post-baccalureate work
Portland State University Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Oregon State University
Journalism Adviser Academy
University of Wisconsin: Madison
Hip Hop in the Heartland Institute
Fellowship: Journeys to Freedom
Lewis and Clark
Documentary writing workshop
University of Portland
Hostess at Koji's
Cashier at Old Navy
Intern reporter for the Wilsonville Spokesman
Agricultural Booth Coordinator at the State Fair
Preschool teacher at University of Oregon Child Development Centers
Group Worker Intern at John Serbu Juvenile Detention Center
Reading teacher at Churchill Alternative High School
Guitar player for toddler parties ($75/half an hour...best pay for minimal effort)
Nanny in Manhattan
Summer Staff at Camp Magruder
AAU Basketball Coach
Student teacher at Grant High School
Dean for summer camps MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) for high schoolers and STARR (Sports, Theater, Art and Rock'n'Roll) for junior highers
No other job could be this rewarding. Whether I am harassing students about comma usage, eating lunch with some basketball players or playing large group games with teenagers--there are constant teachable moments for all involved.
Quite frankly, this job makes me a better person each day because I am more aware of human interaction and growth and this enables me to be more proactive.
It is also just plain exhilarating. Teaching allows me to talk with others about important issues while progressing toward a solution. Oh, and summers off are pretty nice too.
Just Mercy -
The Brothers K -
David James Duncan
Breakfast of Champions -
Hope for the Flowers -
"Go Carolina" -
The Kite Runner -
"Top Dog, Under Dog" -
Any Michael Cirelli poem
New York Times
Gresham Argus, and once upon a time, the Gopher Gazette
After asking two students, seniors Carly Halverson and Brianne Walczak, what students should know about me before entering my class, they responded that I leave compost on my desk, I introduce students to new ways of approaching things and cool technology, I compel my students to always complete a project and make them keep working until it is their best possible product--and that I don't like tardiness...but they aren't sure why.
I feel they assess the situation pretty well.
"That you will."
"You're killin' me"
Hip-hop star: Already have my name picked out...SyllaB
Photographer for National Geographic
Stay at home mom + professional volunteer (well into the future of course)
Writer (poet, journalist, script writer for Colbert)
5'8" woman that could dunk