Teaching

As an English Language Arts teacher at an urban high school in Central Massachusetts, I worked with students to critically examine and impact their worlds. Whether analyzing themes in canonized literature, writing slam poetry about contextually-relevant topics, or researching issues on the state ballot, my students used their literacy skills to be active, engaged, and effective community members within and beyond the classroom. My students debated questions of social justice, shared their work in the wider community, and made youth-led recommendations for curricular change.  Click here to read more about my work as a high school teacher. 

I bring this same emphasis on student voice and agency to my work with pre- and in-service teachers. Whether teaching educational foundations, curriculum design, or English Language Arts methods, I invite students to grapple with the nexus of educational research, local and national policy, the demands of their content area, and their own conscience as justice-oriented educators. My students examine the challenges of developing and implementing engaging, academically-rigorous, and justice-oriented curriculum within and despite increasingly regulated classrooms.   Click here to see examples of curriculum created by my students. 

Teaching Experience: 
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to educational equity and justice, literacy and language arts, and curriculum studies.  My recent teaching experience includes the following: 

Educational Foundations (*indicates graduate level courses)
  • Diversity in Secondary Schools, California State University Fullerton
  • Introduction to Teaching (Secondary), Brandeis University 
  • Social Issues in Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • Learning and Accomplished Practice, Northeastern University 
  • *Social Justice Education in Schools, Northeastern Illinois University (hybrid)
  • *Social & Cultural Analysis of Education Systems, Northeastern University (online and hybrid)
  • *Foundations of Education, Brandeis University 
  • *Social Issues in Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • *Reflective Practice in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • *Social Justice Education in Schools Theory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • *Social Justice Education in Schools Practicum, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • *Reflective Practice and Teaching for Social Justice, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Curriculum Design and Methods
  • *Curriculum Theory and Development, California State University Fullerton (online)
  • School Curriculum, Northeastern Illinois University 
  • Teaching Literacy in Junior and Senior High School, Northeastern Illinois University 
  • Teaching Writing in Junior and Senior High School, Northeastern Illinois University 
  • Internship in Secondary Education (English), Northeastern Illinois University 
  • *Internship in Secondary Education (English), Northeastern Illinois University 
  • Multicultural Children’s Literature, Northeastern University 
  • Language, Literacy and Culture in Middle and High Schools, Northeastern University 
  • Student Teaching Seminar, Northeastern University