Welcome, Social Studies Educators & Students!
A Little Bit About Me
I graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a Masters in Teaching of Social Studies. After completing two semesters of student teaching in New York City Public Schools with tremendous mentorship and practice, I entered my own classroom in September of 2013, and have been teaching U.S. History at the College Prep and Advanced Placement level.
I'm originally from the city of Atlanta, Ga, and attended a multilingual international school. Growing up in the South in a post-9/11 tense political landscape taught me a great deal about how to navigate differences in values, ideas, and cultures. It was not until I moved to Washington, D.C., for college at Georgetown University that I began to appreciate the extent to which this unique background would benefit my work with regionally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse communities. Throughout college, I got involved with immigrant, labor, and women's rights as a student activist and intern with non-profit organizations.
Post-college, I worked as a community organizer, where I had the opportunity to execute community interest campaigns among various groups throughout Washington D.C., negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and lead multilingual trainings with hundreds of people citywide. I decided to pursue teaching Social Studies to youth because of its transformative power to inspire students to learn about the world around them in order to envision and pursue alternatives for a more equitable society.
My Vision for this Site
In case you haven't already heard - being a teacher is anything but easy. I wanted to create this site as a resource for other teachers in the Social Studies and Humanities fields who are interested in sharing content resources, lessons, and activity ideas. Moreover, I would like to use this site to address "big picture" ideas: How do we pique students' curiosity in the Social Studies? How do we create a classroom space that invites them to use ideas and concepts to actively engage with the world around them? How do we implement innovative ways to develop students' critical thinking skills, paired with building their confidence to think and speak for themselves?
Explore this site to find resources that hopefully provide ideas for queries you may share as new or experienced educators!