"WHAt the educator does in
teaching is to make it
possible for the students
to become themselves."
- Paulo Freire
I started teaching by default and like many, based on raw instincts.
When kids in my neighborhood bent towards the dramatic I started "playing"some classic Spolin Improv games and when those worked their magic, I was as hooked as the kids were.
The journey began: from volunteering in libraries and community centers to being a paid "learn in the field" Teaching Artist in Chicagoland schools for over 15 years with organizations like Chicago Children's Museum and Urban Gateways. A bigger picture beckoned and with a move to New York, internationally recognized beacons like Lincoln Center Institute inspired me to bring progressive Arts Education to every borough of New York City.
I dug deeper with a Masters in Education from DePaul University and taught High School English and Theatre full time (Stevenson High School, Chi Arts) with a home base at Steppenwolf Education where I served as a Mentoring Teaching Artist and Core Curriculum Facilitator and Classroom Mentor.
I remain a teacher grounded in a reflective practice; a fan of professional development and pedagogies that invite me to learn as much as my students. There is no teaching without learning.