Where are you from and what experiences led you to where you are in education today? I was born and raised in Washington DC. I’ll never forget my 2nd grade teacher. Growing up, math was not my best subject. However, the way my teacher took me under her wing and showed me different ways to approach math ultimately drove me to succeed and want to become a teacher.
How long have you been teaching at Eliot-Hne? I have been at Eliot-Hine for four years. When I started working at Eliot-Hine, I was an aide. Now I am a lead classroom teacher here.
How would you describe Eliot-Hine students? My students are life-changing. Each year I get students that open my eyes to different things. I learn something from them each day!
Share something about Eliot-Hine staff: The staff here are like family. We all come together and are a great team. We are very supportive of one another. Our strong bond makes collaboration a lot easier. Just recently, I collaborated with Ms. Harrington, who teaches my students robotics!
This is Eliot-Hine’s first full year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school. How does this IB framework shape your teaching? We teach our students the IB learner characteristics and apply these with their social skills’ lessons. This helps our students succeed: remaining open-minded, knowledgeable, balanced. These all touch on their social skills.
What is something people do not know about Eliot-Hine? We are forever changing. There are more sports this year with the addition of a football and a bowling team. Next year I’ll be coaching and adding a volleyball team!
Describe Eliot-Hine in one word. Optimistic! Throughout everything we keep persevering and pushing. The whole school is optimistic and we love to all be here.