MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
I have been writing and teaching for over 20 years and have worked with thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and stories to unleash the imagination and challenge the status quo in both our personal and political lives.
I was born to teachers and educators with a father who taught English in Chicago Public Schools and a mother who trained as an educator and always approaches life as a curious traveler. I also trained as a teacher in my undergrad days, teaching at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and writing a senior project on the teaching of writing within an creative arts school.
My passion for teaching took me out of the traditional classroom, however, and into the halls, fields and porches of the everyday. I've taught in community centers, foster homes, alternative education programs, after school programs, and higher education centers as well as a myriad of nonprofits and non-governmental organizations.
My approach to teaching and learning is intentionally collaborative, student-centered, social-justice oriented, and impassioned by the arts as the fundamental heart beat of learning and being.
ESSAYS ON EDUCATION | PEDAGOGY
Irresistible Collaboration: Forging & Sustaining the Best Partnerships for Collaborative Practice
In Search of Story -- Celebrating the Power of Story in India -- Art in the Public Interest
Mapping Within: The Making of a University-Community Partnership -- Art in the Public Interest
Teaching Bei Dao and Pablo Neruda: Through the Lens of Leaving-- Teachers & Writers Magazine
When the World is Too Much with Us -- Teachers & Writers Magazine
Museum of Learning: A Conversation with Steve Seidel -- Teachers & Writers Magazine
My Scream is Made of Whispers -- Teachers & Writers Magazine
Falling in Love with the Wind -- Teachers & Writers Magazine
Inventing New Forms: 3 Experiments for Teaching Poets -- Teachers & Wrtiers Magazine
Message in a Bottle: A Magical Teaching Moment at Crown Academy -- Teaching Artist Journal
Learning to Love this More: Mentorship for the New Teaching Artist -- Teaching Artist Journal