Although I’ve been living in Manhattan for 18 years and love it, I have a deep longing to move back to Oregon some day where I was born and raised.
It’s easy to miss the mountains, deserts, beaches and relaxed life style of the West Coast. My father was a biology teacher with summers off so we spent July and August camping in remote Oregon woods.
I teach the Living Environment to 10th graders in a small public high school in Manhattan called East Side Community High School.
We are part of New Visions and the Coalition of Essential Schools, two organizations striving to develop schools and teachers which incorporate team teaching, cooperative learning, portfolio assessments, student-centered, hands-on and inquiry-based learning. I am fortunate to be a part of a wonderful staff of mostly young, relatively new teachers dedicated to teaching this way. However, it takes continuous effort to develop curriculum incorporating these principles of teaching.
Before teaching I was a dancer in a woman’s modern dance collective for 10 years.
Dance exercise and hiking are a big part of my life. I also worked as a graphic artist for 6 years, drove a school bus, waitressed in numerous restaurants, worked in fish and vegetable canaries, cleaned houses, etc.
This fall I moved to Montclair, NJ. It’s a long commute to my job in NYC but nice to be in a quiet little town listening to birds and jogging in the woods.
Courses/Levels taught—Key responsibilities
Clubs and Extra-Curricular activities
- Graphic artist
- School bus driver
- House cleaner
East Side Community High School
420 E. 12th Street
New York NY 10009