- Chair of Teaching and Learning Department
- Faculty Member at King since 2005
- Strategies classes (US). Academic Coaching.
- BA, University of Rhode Island
- M.Ed, Rhode Island College
Why do you teach at King?
I was immediately attracted to the commitment by King’s leadership team and Faculty to their vision of a comprehensive, student-centered approach to teaching and learning. At King, we create an environment which is essential to making our Teaching and Learning approach work for all students and Faculty.
How does your Department of Teaching and Learning support Faculty in offering King's approach to teaching and learning?
King's approach is rooted in the understanding that every student has areas of achievement and challenge, and that each Faculty member’s goal is to know each student well. The Department of Teaching and Learning works with Faculty to build a Student Learning Profile for every student which highlights each student’s strengths, challenges, and goals. Closely reviewing this comprehensive, online database before meeting his or her classes enables each teacher to plan lessons and classroom organization schemes.
The Directors of Teaching and Learning (DTLs) and classroom teachers employ the Instructional Coaching Model, where teachers collaborate in teams to observe each other’s work in the classroom and provide feedback. Additionally, teachers meet with the DTLs once in every eight day rotation to plan curriculum, design lessons, share expertise and knowledge related to students, and create plans for individual students. We feel that teachers who observe and share feedback on effective teaching are not only more powerful teachers, but they are also more adept at structuring their content to encourage and challenge each child.
You also work directly with students. What motivated you to become a Strategies teacher?
I have always been interested in the puzzle of how students learn successfully, and what impediments stand in the way of their learning. I worked for many years doing neuropsychological testing at University of California, San Francisco, analyzing a rich data set, and then creating learning plans. I still find it exciting and intriguing to craft a plan with a student to help the student maximize success.
What do you hope your students gain from knowing you?
I look for strengths in all students. I hope that they gain a sense of optimism and empowerment from my work with them, as well as the skills to be an independent learner.
Describe what you feel sets apart King and our students?
I feel that King students are self-aware and understand how they learn best. I see them as confident and unafraid to make a mistake because we support personal exploration and healthy risk-taking at King -- crucial to success in the most demanding colleges and university programs as well as in life. King students are respectful and accepting of different perspectives.
What advice would you offer to students who are new to King?
Take advantage of all the opportunities for student enrichment, including our leadership program, exceptional teacher support mechanisms such as Math Help Center, and our Advisory program. It is important for students to take charge of their learning and their academic program to feel involved and accomplished as they prepare to succeed in college.