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Teaching is my passion.

I can still remember the warmth and joy I felt every day walking into Mrs. Kramer’s 5th grade classroom. She was the teacher I loved and the woman who inspired me to become a teacher: I knew that if I could spend my life creating a space for others to love learning as much as I did, then I would be living my dream.

Many years later, here I am. After years of course work, international travel, mentorship, and classroom experience, I’ve arrived at a place in my career where I’m ready and excited to share my experiences with other teachers. Here at Mud and Ink Teaching, my goal is to inspire, educate, and support other teachers in their curriculum design experience and help improve their practice in the classroom.

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Conference Presentations

I have presented at a number of conferences and professional development events nation-wide. I am excited to partner with your school or district for your upcoming event. Presentations can include any of the following areas of my professional expertise:

  • Curriculum design in ELA: building Essential Questions, vertical and horizontal articulation, cultural relevance and diversity, and more.

  • Poetry Instruction: building a department-wide strategy, incorporating more contemporary works, new instructional methods, building a poetry club or spoken word poetry team, and more.

October 2011: Step Up to the Mic!

Character Education Conference - San Francisco, CA

January 2-5, 2019: Travel as Teacher Self Care

Educators 2 Educators New Year Reboot - Online Conference

March 1, 2019: Bringing Literature to Life Through Simulations

English Language Arts County-Wide Institute Day - Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, IL