Social studies teacher
Tell us a little about your background.
I grew up in Fultonville and attended Fonda-Fultonville Central School. I played soccer and basketball in high school, participated in student government, did volunteer work and had a part-time job. I graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science in international studies, French, and political science. During my time at SUNY Fredonia, I studied abroad in Tours, France, in the summer of 2011 and completed an internship at International Institute of Buffalo, where I worked in refugee resettlement. I worked in New York City in the South Bronx in a teaching program called the NYC Teaching Fellows, where I taught full time for two years while earning my master’s degree. I taught Global Studies both years I was there. I taught at Herkimer Junior/Senior High School last year. I have done volunteer work in Quezteltangeo, Guatemala, with the Mayfield Presbyterian Church. I currently teach Global Studies at Ag PTECH.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I first started substitute teaching after college and loved teaching students. I love inspiring students and helping them figure out what they are best at.
Why did you choose to teach at Ag PTECH?
I chose to teach at Ag PTECH because it is a unique school where students get to achieve their dreams much faster than in other schools. The opportunities for staff and students to grow and realize their potential is what got me hooked!
What are some of your interests outside of work?
I love to write, read, paint, run, relax, travel and spend time with friends and family.
If you were able to talk to your 15-year-old self about life, careers and happiness, what advice would you give?
Write to yourself daily. Keep a journal to keep track of your achievements, struggles, thoughts to yourself — anything! Do your best every day, and be present in each moment. Everything will work out.