I graduated from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a degree and certification in Elementary Education and Middle School Math. With no jobs on the horizon in Pennsylvania, I widened my search globally and applied to a few places “just for fun.” After hearing back from a few places, I decided to focus on international schools and ultimately accepted a position at 3e International School in Beijing, China.
My time at 3e was a period of learning, growing, and contributing. After 2 years teaching Pre-Kindergarten, I stepped out of the classroom to work specifically on developing the new parent portal and website, training teachers and parents. I dove into projects in all departments. After 2 years as Academic Assistant, I returned to the US briefly and working in California opened my eyes to just how much I enjoyed the freedom of working at an independent school free to drive the curriculum and assessment in a direction that best meets the needs of students. I returned to 3e as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for the remainder of the school year and then stepped right back into my role as Academic Assistant, but began taking on more responsibilities for planning professional development, administering student assessments, recruiting and hiring teachers, admissions, and more.
In February 2018, I stepped into the role of Assistant Principal. I was eager to take on a larger leadership role with our team of 34 early years teachers by providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment for bilingual learners. It was a year of redefining the vision and direction of the school to best serve the student body; however, I stepped away from the role in October 2018 because of unreconcilable differences with the new school vision.
In January 2019, I joined Nanwai King’s College School in Wuxi, China, in their first year to welcome a new class of 3-4 year old children. Being part of a school in its inaugural year has given me new insights to the structures and processes that go into establishing a healthy school environment. It also offers many opportunities to be creative and develop unique learning opportunities for students.
I am also following my passion for technology in education by pursuing a Masters in Educational Technology through Michigan State University and expect to complete my degree in July 2020. Currently, I am very interested in research, particularly in the field of early education and developmentally appropriate practices for technology integration.