Education (Elementary & High School): Shore Country Day School, Buckinham Browne and Nichols
Favorite classroom lesson to teach:
When I first model how to write a sentence and when kindergartners begin including “high-frequency words” (I, was, me, and, you, the) into their sentences as they “stretch out” their thoughts. They beam with pride.
One of my favorite passions outside of teaching is art. I spend vacations and summers painting at Acorn Gallery in Marblehead, the town in which I grew up. Also, I recently started a Jewish Young Professionals group through my family’s temple.
Recently, a friend asked me if I wanted to take a trapeze-flying lesson. I fully believe in the importance of modeling risk-taking for children, even though it is not something that comes very naturally to me. Sure enough, the moment I set foot on that platform and saw how far I had to reach for the trapeze bar, I began to panic. But I thought of my students and our constant asking of them to go outside their comfort zones to do things that may feel scary or uncomfortable. So I jumped for the bar, swung on the trapeze (multiple times!) and walked away feeling proud of doing something so challenging. I couldn’t wait to share the story with my students the next day.
What at Brookwood makes you a better teacher?
The support of hard-working, creative, inspiring faculty makes me a better teacher. Brookwood is a true community. We all work together to creative an environment in which our students and families can thrive.