Manager of Participant Experience
When I was eight years old, I brought home a flier that changed my life. It advertised before-school French classes. Although a bit surprised by my excitement, my mother agreed to sign me up right away. It was exactly what I had hoped. By my final year of high school, I was studying five languages simultaneously. I continued with three languages during college, then translated my passion for languages into a career in teaching high school French. Within the first five years of teaching I had added World History and Latin to my repertoire.
As a teacher, I was always a student; having completed my bachelor’s without a single class in education, I developed my teaching strategy in the classroom. There were days when I felt confident in my lesson-planning and delivery and days when I didn’t, especially since my audience was the hypercritical teenage crowd. I thrived as I learned to modify the existing curriculum and create my own resources: explanations of grammar topics, lists of thematic vocabulary, exercises and activities, assignments and assessments. The challenge of creating and presenting the best lesson I could constantly motivated me to improve. I looked forward to having colleagues observe my classes and sought out every opportunity to collaborate with them on curriculum development. Throughout my career in independent boarding schools, I have practiced instruction, support and evaluation not only as a classroom teacher, but also as a coach and as an in-dorm adviser. Ten years ago, I left the classroom to focus on a very different and more personal exploration of education: raising my three children. I also took the opportunity to experience other roles, such as advisor on the Patient & Family Advisory Council for Women’s Services at Yale New Haven Hospital and interviewer in the Choate Admissions office.
Currently, as the Manager of Participant Experience, I apply my experience teaching language communication, developing curriculum and evaluating performance to the Latimer framework. As I prepare materials for our workshops, I recall the single piece of paper that sent me down a path of lifelong learning, personal and professional development.
- French and Latin Teacher, Choate Rosemary Hall
- Latin Teacher, The Elisabeth Morrow School
- French and World History Teacher, The Holderness School
- M.A. in French, Middlebury College
- A.B. in Classical Studies and French, Dartmouth College