Where did you go to school?
I went Binghamton University for my BA in English Literature and Masters in English Education. Then I went to Hunter College for a Masters in Literacy Education.
How long have you been at Halsey?
I have been at Halsey for 5 years and in the DOE for 10.
What would you be doing if you were not a teacher?
If I were not a teacher, I think I might be working in journalism. I was the editor of my high school newspaper and I loved reporting, but I did not decide to pursue it as a career. I also loved science in high school, especially chemistry, and thought I might be interested in being a pharmacist, but ultimately, teaching English was right for me.
Why did you get into education?
This is probably a very nerdy answer, but I always loved school! When I played as a child, I always pretended to be a teacher. I don’t really remember this, but apparently, when I played school with my grandmothers, I used to assign them homework and grade it! As a lifelong reader and writer, I always wanted to share that passion with others and the best way I have found to do that is in the classroom. I’m really grateful that I get to do what I love for a living.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
My favorite thing about being a teacher is when you see that spark go off in a student’s mind. When the literature we read and the discussions we have suddenly makes a student have a new idea or think about the world in a new way, I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal. I love my Halsey students!
Any hobbies or interests that we do not know you would like to share?
I don’t have any fascinating hobbies, but in my free time I like to read, cook/bake, and spend time with friends and family. I have a 2 year old son who keeps me very busy. One interesting thing we sometimes like to do as a family is watch horse races at Belmont Park. My husband works there, so sometimes we get to watch the races from a particularly good spot!