I understand the power of a great education, because it was a game-changer for me. While I was growing up, my dad operated a printing press and sometimes worked multiple jobs at a time. My mom eventually put herself through night school to become a nurse. My parents wanted me to get a great education so that I wouldn’t face the financial challenges they did. With their support, and incredible teachers, I got on a path to college and a successful career. I also found my purpose: Working for great public schools for all kids. This has been the common thread through my personal and professional life.
I have lived in Hillsborough for nine years, along with my husband Robb, who is a software engineer. My two daughters attend Cameron Park, where I tutor students in reading and am the co-chair of the School Improvement Team.
I am on the planning team for Orange County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR). The team helped create Orange County's proposal (recently accepted!) to become a part of the national CGLR campaign - a whole-community effort with the goal for all students to be reading on or above grade level by 3rd grade.
I am an active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, where I volunteer in the nursery and the children’s education program, and am on the racial justice and reconciliation task force.
I began my career as a teacher in New York City, teaching at a school where 95% of students received free/reduced-price lunch - but 100% of students were just as brilliant and deserving as their peers in wealthier schools. As a teacher, I worked hard for my students and their families, driven by a deep belief in the boundless potential of each child.
Everywhere there is great success, there is a great team of people, so I’ve focused my work since then on helping organizations find, support, and develop their staff. Today, I work at Teach For America. This year, I led a national effort to define the organization’s talent strategy. This work will influence who TFA hires, and how it works to be an incredible, inclusive workplace. I also previously shaped the organization’s admissions process for prospective teachers, and developed strategies to recruit and hire talented, diverse individuals into teacher-coach and executive roles. I will bring the lessons I’ve learned to our district’s efforts to find and keep talented educators, and to create workplaces where they can be their best.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, with coursework in topics relevant to service on the school board, such as education policy, social policy, and public finance and budgeting. As a former high school math team nerd, though, my favorite classes were in statistics.