While I have always gravitated towards teaching in some capacity, my early focus was on science, with a large dose of Latin and Ancient Greek mixed in. I discovered how much I enjoy working with young children when I became a mother of twin girls. I joined Room to Grow in 2007 as a parent as well as a teacher; I stayed on because I love the philosophy and the community. I think that what makes me a good teacher is an abiding sense of curiosity and wonder. (Although at times my juggling skills come in handy!) The book “Owl Babies”, by Martin Waddell is one book that I love to read to children.
I hail from Massachusetts and am an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and other New England sports teams. When I am not at Room to Grow, I spend time practicing (and teaching) karate, volunteering as a medic with the Berkeley Free Clinic, and being outdoors whenever possible. One of my favorite places to hike is Point Reyes National Seashore.
I am inspired by all those who take a stand against hate and oppression, and also the words of William Saroyan: “In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”
My special signature dish is a Giant Oven Pancake, with lemon and sugar… but I rarely go a day without coffee and chocolate!