Welcome! Thanks for visiting. Here is a little bit about me & my work...
Social studies has always been my favorite subject--both as a student and a teacher. After teaching for 12 years in K-6 classrooms, I am outraged by the dwindling state of elementary social studies education, which I believe is highly correlated with our historically high reports of political polarization, civic disenchantment, and social inequality. I am currently pursuing a PhD with research interests in:
My Professional Story:
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Washington University in St. Louis. During my time at Wash U, I took a course that inspired me to join a group called Educators for Social Justice - ESJ). Through organizing ESJ curriculum conferences, book clubs, Inquiry to Action Groups, and more, I have learned that I love working to mentor/intellectualize other teachers around their justice-oriented work.
After graduating from Wash U, I became a 4th grade teacher in a bilingual school in Guadalajara, Mexico where I immersed myself in Mexican life and education. This adventure enabled me to internalize culture, language, privilege, power, and systems from new and, often, uncomfortable perspectives.
I, then, became active in Teachers for Social Justice while working toward my Masters in Education at University of Illinois at Chicago and certificates in Bilingual Education and ESL. A Teaching Assistantship granted me the privilege of facilitating Literacy Workshops and teaching ESL classes to Hispanic parents through a Family Literacy program called F.L.A.M.E. (Family Literacy Aprendiendo Mejorando Educando). I embraced Chicago's endless possibilities and its windy politics, but I missed my big family in St. Louis.
I moved back home and taught 4th grade at Kratz Elementary in the Ritenour School District where I became a model teacher for Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Teaching and was awarded Diamond Circle Teacher of the Year. I was then drawn to teach 6th grade at Maplewood Richmond Heights School District for their open commitment to Social Justice Education.
My husband, Charlie, proposed to me in my 4th grade classroom and we got married in July of 2013. The following year our delightful son, Scotty, was born and we moved to Chicago for Charlie’s job as a Resident in Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In Chicago I founded the Teachers for Social Justice Book Club and worked as a 2nd grade teacher at Coonley Elementary, a Chicago Public School.
We recently returned to St. Louis and had our daughter, Josie. I am back as an active member of Educators for Social Justice and I am enrolled in the Social Studies Education doctoral program at University of Missouri (Mizzou). I have a Graduate Teaching Assistantship as a Field Instructor where I get to support elementary pre-service teachers through their junior year field experiences. I still live in St. Louis, but I commute to Mizzou 1-2 days per week & am home the rest of the week. I am thrilled to be at Mizzou and am forever grateful to my family for supporting me through my continued journey in advocating educational equity!
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