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About Me

I joined Mt Abe as a 7-12 science teacher on Team Summit in 2020. I live in Hinesburg with my wife, our newly welcomed daughter (as of 2019), our dog and cat on ten acres up a hill near a beaver pond and surrounded by lots of forest. I come to Mt Abe after teaching in a variety of contexts over the K-12 and university continuum and was drawn to Mt Abe because of the people I met and the interdisciplinary approach I saw on Team Summit. 
My teaching philosophy is that I see my role as being a "choreographer of discovery," to borrow the words of a fellow educator. I have had the good fortune to be a student and teacher in a number of out-of-the box schools, beginning with my own high school experience in both a performing arts magnet school and later in an urban studies semester program of New York City. After several years of service in AmeriCorps after high school, I attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC - a good ways from the culture and geography where I grew up in southwestern Connecticut. After getting my BS in Biology and Environmental Studies, I accepted a teaching fellowship at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO, a full-scholarship residential high school designed for students who have become disengaged from their education. 
I came to Vermont after spending time in the mountains as a backcountry caretaker with the Green Mountain Club during a summer stint in college. I fell in love with the state then and knew I would return later. A graduate of the Field Naturalist master's program at UVM, I love spending time outdoors and making science connections to the natural world, as well as food, health, and any real-world data we can get our hands on! 
I spent four years working at Shelburne Farms as an educator for K-8 field programs and providing professional development to teachers in Education for Sustainability and Farm to School. My work took me to all the corners of Vermont as well as Mississippi, Georgia, China, and (remotely) Nigeria and the Galapagos. I have also taught in South Burlington High School's Big Picture Learning program and at Harwood Union's Harwood Community Learning Center, two alternative programs designed around student interests and community partnerships. 
I am currently enrolled in the Vermont Mathematics Initiative Master's of Education program along with two colleagues of Mt Abe's math department. I am committed to weaving together the connections between science and math as I craft interdisciplinary units with my teammates in Language Arts and Social Studies as well. My door (and email inbox) are always open to hear from the families of my students in order to keep them and their social, emotional, and educational needs at the center of their experience.