teaching + education
I love working with kids of all ages.
During the academic school year, I'm the Program Director at Lincoln Extended Day, an after-school program centered on teaching empathy, accountability, and advocacy to young people in grades K-5. I've been working with LExD since 2004, when I first joined the program as a teacher. One of my favorite things about working with school-aged kids in this setting is watching them grow up year after year, and apply the skills they've learned.
In the summers, I volunteer with the New Hampshire Teen Institute, an incredible organization that helps kids build and maintain confidence and leadership skills. I love forming connections with teenagers because they have so much potential, passion, and drive, and they inspire me to push my own boundaries and keep working towards my own dreams and aspirations in fearlessness. I'm particularly interested in guiding young people in discussions about safe sex and healthy relationships--particularly outside the lens of heteronormativity.
In my sixteen years as an educator, administrator, and youth mediation specialist, I’ve made it my mission to help students recognize and properly manage their emotions, learn strategies for navigating disappointment, and think beyond themselves to grow into valued members of their communities. I’m deeply invested in helping kids build empathy, practice gratitude and develop skills of self-efficacy and accountability.