I graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Drama Studies in 2000. During the course of my studies I was able to secure a position working at the Actor’s Centre in London and learned from several esteemed stage and film directors, including Mike Newell and Mark Wing-Davey. Upon returning to New York and completing my degree, I joined the New York City Public School system, teaching English language and literature in the Bronx.
As the “new kid on the block” I was assigned the challenging classes (i.e. at-risk students with documented behavior problems). With my background in performance and directing, I was easily able to work with this unique population and improvise as necessary within the framework of my lessons. Subsequently, I piloted both the Balanced Literacy and the Ramp Up literacy programs in the Bronx and Queens.
In addition to these basic instruction courses, I had the opportunity to work on creating curriculum for Senior Thesis Writing, Introduction to Acting, and various other high school literature classes, exploring themes ranging from heroism, self-discovery, and the American dream. My successful tenure led to mentoring student teachers from CUNY Queens College and helping new teachers make the transition from educational theory to the classroom.
After moving to Israel I was able to continue developing this passion by teaching Film, Senior Thesis, and high school English courses. I absolutely love lesson planning and seeing the ideas come to fruition in my classroom. I also offer poetry workshops for adults interested in defining their expressive voice.