What classes do you teach?
  • 6th Grade Language Arts
  • 7th Grade Language Arts
  • 8th Grade Language Arts
  • 6th Grade Math
  • 7th Grade Foods
  • 8th Grade Outdoor Stewardship and Adventure
  • One cohort of 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Field Study

How long have you been working at SIA?

Since 2011

What do you love about SIA and the classes you teach?

I love the freedom that I have to teach material that is relevant to students’ lives. I love that I’m encouraged to bring my own interests into the classroom, as well as bring the classroom outside. I love being able to reinvent something or try a new unit if what I taught the year before feels stale. I especially love all the support that I get from parents, family, and community members to make these learning experiences possible.

What units do you teach throughout the school year?

  • 6th Grade: Childhood Narratives, Local Authors, Poetry, Literature Circles on Quests, The Phantom Tollbooth
  • 7th Grade: Food Justice (pairs with elective), Animal Farm, drama
  • 8th Grade: Media Analysis, Holocaust, Classic Novels, drama

What is your favorite unit to teach?

I love teaching the Food Justice unit to 7th graders. Teaching it in the fall is great because not only are a lot of local foods in season, but it’s also a great way to kick off the year and spark students’ critical thinking skills. It’s an easy unit to engage students (everybody eats!) and provides a ton of learning opportunities (reading, writing, and speaking). Plus, it culminates in the Harvest Festival and that’s always a lot of fun.

What brings you the most joy outside of the classroom?

I am happy any time that I can be outside, whether that’s coaching soccer, backpacking, skiing, or running through the mud in Forest Park. I also love drinking coffee, reading, and sending postcards/letters/canned goods to my friends and family.

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