I love teaching because I love learning. With more than 15 years of experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels, I believe that students learn best when their teachers model a love of learning, and bring a genuine sense of curiosity and wonder to the world and its cultures.
I began my teaching career at Boston Latin Academy, one of Boston Public Schools’ premier “exam schools,” where I taught freshman and senior courses in literature and composition. Seeking a more direct relationship with my community, I taught for several years for the City Colleges of Chicago and at Oakton Community College. Hearing about GCE and its mission to explode the walls of the classroom and integrate learning directly with the community, I was thrilled to join the team.
What are you reading?
I’ve been loving the work of Fred Moten. He’s a poet and a sort of philosopher theorist, just one of those brilliant humans alive right now. Usually I just read one book at a time, but right now I’m reading a lot on Wallace Stevens. It was Fred Moten who sort of inspired me to think again about Stevens from a different perspective, from a historical perspective. And all of this has gotten me back into the Chicago public library, which has been awesome.
What is your favorite food or meal?
It’s sushi in the year 1999 from a Japanese restaurant called Bizen in Great Barrington, MA. It was the most incredible sushi, also my first sushi, which is a terrible place to start. Everything about the food and the experience that day was just perfect.