Growing Up Years: I grew up in Rochester, NY. After attending St. Joseph’s in Penfield and Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton, I went on to attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. I majored in Mathematics and I minored in English. And I earned my M.S. in Education at Central Connecticut State University. I loved each and every one of my schools. My education has had a profound effect on my life.
Learning to be an Adult: I taught seventh grade math for a year in Ithaca, NY and it was a nightmare. Any teacher will tell you that the first year is awful. And boy, my first year was AWFUL! I moved to Hartford CT and taught at The Ethel Walker School. A few years later, I moved back in the public school realm in Vernon, CT. During all of this I made friends, got a real apartment, bought a car, paid my taxes, became a better teacher, and learned to do all of the things that adults do.
What I Was Doing Until Now: Twelve years ago I decided to move to Boston and I LOVED IT! I have taught 7th to 12th graders during my time here at three different schools in the Boston. During the 2011-2012 school year, I took a year-long leave of absence and moved to Ecuador to teach English with WorldTeach. I fell in love with Ecuador and the people there. I came back to Boston and continued teaching mostly 10th and 11th graders Geometry and Advanced Algebra but my heart was back in Ecuador. I caught the travel bug a few summers ago and I’ve been traveling all over Central and South America for the last four years. I’ve been working really hard to learn Spanish and I’m determined to learn to salsa well enough that I don’t look ridiculous when someone asks me to dance . I’m learning to play the guitar and I love to knit. I’m also quite the photobug.
In summer 2013 I decided to apply for a job teaching high school math in Quito, Ecuador and while I was traveling in Peru, I was offered the job! I officially resigned from the Boston Public Schools, let my landlord know I was giving up my apartment (which was harder to do than quit my job – I really loved that apartment!), and accepted the job. I had a learned a lot while I was teaching and then took a year for myself. It was an amazing experience!
My Newest Adventure: In August 2015, I started teaching IB mathematics at an international school in Madrid. I live above a cupcake bakery and a flower shop in a funky little neighbourhood in the centre and I love it! This is my first experience in Spain and I am learning a ton and traveling when I can!