Personable education professional inspired to motivate, support, and encourage students to use reading and writing as a way to connect to their best and most imaginative selves. Focused on developing a positive rapport with all students by developing a dynamic of mutual trust, I strive to create a challenging and engaging environment in which to foster deep love for the written word.
Initiated spirited classroom discussions to help students delve deeply into the craft of storytelling. By dividing the class into craft and workshop components, the class learned to strip stories and poems down to their basic parts in order to see not only how these works were constructed, but to explore why and where the writing was most successful. By learning how to be better readers, the class learned how to be more effective writers. Students learned how to write poems and short stories, and were encouraged to find and develop their own personal frequency as storytellers. In the process, they learned to analyze, critique, and edit their own and each other's work with kindness and curiosity. We developed a trusting and supportive environment where students felt safe to be honest with each other, so they could do their best work.
Father Flynn Award for attaining the highest average scholarship throughout the undergraduate curriculum (University of San Francisco, 2008)
Ruth Aubrey Prize awarded tothe most outstanding student in the Honors Program in the Humanities (USF, 2008)
Finalist for Valedictorian and Dean's Medal of Excellence (USF, 2008)
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