I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A TEACHER WHEN
I stepped onto the campus for the first time. I'd had a passion for teaching for a long time, but the reality of it all really hit while I was walking across our beautiful campus. The intimate feel and beauty of it all really reminded me of my college campus, and it felt like I was home.
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS
Our running trails are actually one of my favorite places to work. And while I'm not opposed to the occasional actual run, I also like to take a blanket and my work and go sit amongst the trees during my planning periods.
FAVORITE PERK AT WOODLAWN
The world is my classroom! If the students and I feel like having class outside on our gorgeous campus, we can do it. I also really love the salad bar lunch during teacher appreciation week!
SOMETHING NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW ABOUT ME
Before coming to Woodlawn, I was a deputy sheriff for four years. During that time, I earned my certification in basic hostage negotiation.
THE PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT I AM MOST PROUD OF
I am so proud of our seniors every year without fail. How truly conversational they have become in Spanish through the years is undeniable. The results that they achieve on their AP exams certainly speak for themselves, as well!
THE FOOD I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT
French fries. I actually tried to give them up once. It wasn't pretty.
BEST TEACHING MOMENT
The first Intermezzo that I participated in really stands out. While my colleagues and I planned and designed the event, all I remember was feeling overwhelmed and awed. The intricate details were flying and my colleagues who had participated in Intermezzos of years' past were setting the bar high on what we wanted our students to accomplish. You may be wondering why this stands out as a favorite teaching moment. That was yet to come. My part in that particular Intermezzo was a Spanish puzzle of sorts. So many students kept coming up to me while they tried to figure it all out. The looks on their faces mimicked how I'd felt watching my colleagues' planning process. Yet by the end of the Intermezzo, the majority of the groups had figured it out! They were so proud of themselves, just as I was for having created this experience for them. It was one of the first times when I felt that I was truly living one of my favorite quotes. Betuel Cano said "Al entrar dijo el maestro: no vengo a enseñar, sino a cultivar. No vengo a imponer, sino a compartir. No vengo a vigilar, sino a acompañar. Y los alumnos se miraron entre sí, expectantes", which means "Upon entering, the teacher said: I'm not here to teach, but rather to cultivate. I'm not here to impose but rather to share. I'm not here to monitor but rather to accompany. And the students looked at each other, expectant.
WHEN I WAS 10, I WANTED TO BE
WHEN NOT IN THE CLASSROOM, YOU'LL PROBABLY FIND ME HERE
A volleyball court is a good place to start looking!
FAVORITE PLACE ON THE PLANET
Anywhere with family, particularly if there is water nearby. I grew up just outside of Hilton Head Island, SC, so the beach will always hold a special place in my heart.
WHAT MY STUDENTS CALL ME
WHAT A TRAILBLAZER MEANS TO ME
Being a trailblazer means being unique and independent. Even our students who would freely admit to not wanting to be in a spotlight have the most unique passions. From flying drones and creating nutrition bars for charity to playing junior Olympic sports or dancing ballet, our students and faculty have the most incredible, varied talents and passions. If there's a challenge out there, a Trailblazer has likely conquered it.