Where were you before you came to LPS?
Before joining LPS I was an Implementation Specialist in Rhode Island working for NE Basecamp. I had the opportunity to implement curriculum, coach and design professional development for teachers and use data to inform instruction. Prior to that I taught ELA, Special Education and Advanced Placement classes in grades 5-12 in Massachusetts.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role with LPS?
I am most looking forward to getting to know all of the fantastic LPS students, building relationships with the parents and families and learning from this amazing team!
What is your favorite part of being an educator?
My favorite part of being an educator is learning from my students and colleagues. I believe that part of everyone’s journey is to learn from the people around them. I am so lucky to be a part of a team of people that makes every day meaningful and reflective.
What keeps you motivated?
My 24 and 21 year old daughters keep me motivated. Their determination, empathy and amazing sense of humor inspires me to be my best. Sometimes it is just the smile I see on their face when they have met their goal or the perseverance they endure when overcoming obstacles. My daughters have a unique perspective on life that encourages me to be the best person I can be.
What does true leadership mean to you?
True leadership involves everyone! In order to be a good leader you must build relationships, trust and confidence with your colleagues and students. A leader must be an empathetic listener but also have the ability to clearly communicate, while being consistent yet flexible. We are all human and make mistakes, the true gift of being a human is learning and growing from your mistakes.
Let’s switch gears….
What shows are you currently binge watching?
I love Netflix and Hulu. I am currently binge watching “Nine Perfect Strangers”, “ATYPICAL” and all the seasons of “Ozark.”
What three traits define you?
Dedicated, open-minded and optimistic.
What's one thing you couldn't live without?
I can not live without CHOCOLATE!
What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
The greatest challenge I have had to overcome has been the loss of my father a little over a year ago. He was the person that taught me how to ride a bike, drive a car and was there every step of the way through my educational journey and even when I became a first time home owner. More importantly, he was a man that was patient (especially being a dad to 3 girls), kind and always gave sage advice without judgement. His passion was to be a teacher, but instead he chose to work several jobs at one time to support his family. On our yearly family trips to Cape Cod he would teach us about erosion and types of birds while showing us how to appreciate the little things like enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing against the shoreline. Losing a loved one is in an indescribable pain that poses challenges to every aspect of your life However, I am thankful that the memory of him lives on everyday in the stories our family shares about him, with his quirky flannel shirts we still wear and within my two daughters who encompass his witty sense of humor, determination and willingness to see the world through an educational lens.
Where is the best place you've traveled to and why?
I love to travel and have much more of the world to see, but my favorite place thus far was when I visited Costa Rica about 10 years ago. The people, landscape and food was absolutely incredible!