- Mathematics Faculty, Middle School Math Coordinator
- Faculty Member at King since 2011
- Honors Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Honors Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Precalculus
- BS Mathematics Syracuse University
- BS Secondary Mathematics Education Syracuse University
- MS Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities University of Rochester
Why do you teach at King?
Before coming to King, I worked in a public school focused on preparing students to pass standardized exams. For 2 years I felt that I was teaching test-takers rather than mathematics students. As soon as I walked on King’s campus for my interview, I knew that I would have the ability to teach meaningful math curriculum to both students who have a passion for mathematics as well as those who need additional encouragement. In addition to teaching math, I love that King encourages Faculty and staff to educate students beyond the basic academic disciplines. King allows teachers to take a holistic approach to education.
How does the King Cares Service Program evolve as students progress from elementary to middle to high school?
Before Grade 4, the majority of service learning takes place in the classroom, often embedded in the general curriculum. Students learn the importance of taking care of the world. Starting in Grade 4, students can participate in the LS King Cares Service Club which helps to build relationships and engage students in reciprocal learning. The club allows students to socialize with senior citizens in senior homes, bake cookies and serve dinner at a soup kitchen, work with kids at a local preschool, or engage in the Protect Your Environment Club. In Middle School, students continue to engage in service through curriculum, clubs and weekly outings to the Boys and Girls Club. In Upper School, there are a range of service clubs, as well as specific courses that are taught through service. The majority of our trips are either based around service or incorporate service in them, and many of our athletic teams also get involved in service.
As a Program Director, how do you support the PreK-Grade 12 Faculty?
I believe encouragement and gratitude are two of the best ways to support Faculty. Engaging in certain forms of service can be daunting initially. Recognizing this and being encouraging can add a little confidence that some teachers may need to get started.
Incorporating service into existing curriculum for the first time takes additional time and effort for educators. Since I am a teacher myself, I know that it is important to prepare as much as possible for other teachers. Whether a teacher incorporates service into their curriculum or implements it outside of the class, I am always grateful for their time, effort and willingness to help those around us.
What advice would you offer to students who want to participate in service learning?
Give it a try! Throughout our lives in the classroom, the hallway, during a service opportunity or anywhere else in life, we are faced with choices. We can choose to stay in our comfort zone or we can step out, learn something new and hopefully even make a difference. It is important for students to push and allow themselves to try new opportunities. At first, it can be unnerving and uncomfortable but usually students find their time doing service to be extremely rewarding and often fun. If you aren’t sure what opportunities are best for you, let me know and we can choose something together.
King helps students achieve their personal best. How do you accomplish this in the King Cares Service Program?
Our King Cares Service Program is designed to be age appropriate within each division. In addition, there is diverse offering of projects, activities and ways to get involved in service learning. Students with varied interests, strengths and comfort levels can always get involved.