I consider myself an engaging, empathetic educator who can speak on a wide variety of topics. I am a committed advocate for students and am not afraid to push against the status quo when it comes to finding innovative ways to meet their needs.

I am most passionate about supporting English learners, equity and social justice, culturally responsive teaching, building shame resilience, and personalizing learning for both students and teachers.


Presentation Topics


Empathy and Equity in a Global Classroom

What it Means to be a Culturally Responsive Teacher

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Brave.

Practicing Vulnerability and Bravery in the K-12 Classroom


More than a Single Story

Identity, Vulnerability, and Belonging

Re-Imagining Discipline

Changing Our Understanding of Classroom Management


What Makes a Teacher of the Year?

My Journey to Becoming the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year

more than 'Just good teaching'

Supporting English learners in the Classroom


Differentiation, Individualization, & Personalization

Meeting the Needs of All Learners in a Diverse Classroom with Limited Resources

Personalized Learning for Teachers

Putting the LEARNING Back in PLC to Give Teachers Voice & Choice


Disruptive Education

Innovative Approaches to Supporting Student Learning

The ARt of Listening

Finding the Value in Practicing and Teaching Listening Skills in Society that Loves to Talk