I am so excited to be teaching at Ascent Academies in Lehi a third year! I received my B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, and then I completed my M.Ed. in Secondary English at Marymount University. In addition, I earned a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from George Mason University. I knew I wanted to become a teacher while volunteering in Portugal and Brazil, and my love for literature and theater solidified while completing a study abroad program in England. I have had several other opportunities to work, study, and travel and each experience has been both mind-broadening and transformative.
As a former homeschooler, I firmly adhere to John Dewy's assertion that “we do not learn from experience” but rather “from reflecting on experience.” My approach to education, then, seeks to establish a balance between doing and thinking, or experiencing and reflecting. Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to provide my students with meaningful experiences—experiences that encourage them to step outside of themselves (and certainly the classroom), see the world from different perspectives, and reflect on those differing perspectives. This, I believe, will enable them to better interact and communicate with others throughout the rest of their lives.
My interests in addition to teaching include reading, writing, running, hiking, and playing the violin and piano. I love visiting museums and attending plays as well as spending quality time with close friends and family. As my students will soon learn, I am an ardent conversationalist and am addicted to having meaningful and thought-provoking discussions both in and out of the classroom.