My work is driven both by the college students in front of me and by the students they will someday reach or teach. I see teaching as an active experience where learning is co-constructed together with my students. In my classroom, we work together to build an environment where voices are heard, where we delve deeply into topics that matter, and where we honor the ways in which ideas on the page impact real students in real classrooms.
Teaching Introduction to Educational Studies was a powerful way for me to enter that conversation at Swarthmore. Having taught at many local colleges and universities prior to coming to Swarthmore, I appreciate that students here begin their work in education with such powerfully diverse and critically examined canon.
Beyond college teaching, I’ve recently worked with 2nd through 6th grade students in Camden under a partnership with the Penn Literacy Network (out of the University of Pennsylvania). This partnership is a continuation of my work over the last two decades supporting early literacy development for teachers and students in urban classrooms.
In the summer of 2015, I presented to early teachers from across China on exploring high quality early childhood environments. This opportunity allowed for rich cultural conversations and the opportunity to conduct comparative research examining teacher beliefs and practices in both China and the United States.
Both inside and outside of schools, I work to advocate for change, equity, and justice. As co-founder of the Philly Children’s March, I’ve collaborated with children, families, and teachers across the city of Philadelphia to discover what we can learn, question, change, and interrupt in support of racial justice.
Looking ahead, I plan to connect myself and my students with educational activism in and around Philadelphia and to research the ways in which teachers of young children organize themselves and teach toward social and racial justice.
EDUC 14 Introduction to Education Seminar
EDUC 17 Diverse Young Learner
EDUC 92 Curriculum & Methods Seminar
Student Teaching Supervision