I am excited to be in my 15th year of teaching social studies at Memorial! I graduated from West Chester University (Class of 2006) with a BA in History and, after getting hired, I worked to find opportunities to help me become a better educator. Between 2009-2013, I participated in a 5-year Teaching American History Grant with other educators in the region. We attended various lectures and presentations throughout the school year with a focus on incorporating literacy in the social studies classroom. In 2012 I achieved National Board Certification in Middle Level Social Studies, a certification I plan on renewing in the near future. I have presented at two National Council for Social Studies conferences and plan on presenting at the conference in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2021. I have also been lucky enough to be selected to attend various National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Grants, which involves traveling to a historic place to learn in-depth about a particular topic with educators from around the country. Both the conferences and the summer grants have greatly impacted my teaching, not only through the extra content learned but also through brainstorming and engaging with other teachers.
At Memorial, I have most recently been involved with helping with the pit orchestra for the spring musical, being a co-teacher/accompanist for Memorial Singers, and organizing/running a Model Building Club. I am also excited to be the 8-2 Team Leader this year.
Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends, gardening, baking, reading, sewing, and traveling. Much of my time is also spent trying to come up with new, engaging activities for my classroom.