My Experience

I believe that my experiences as a teacher, as a parent, and as someone who is passionate about policy, families, schools, community relationships, and equity provide well-rounded and nuanced qualifications for the complicated and critically important role of School Committee member.

A Lifelong Educator

  • I was a classroom teacher in grades PK, K, and 1 for 10 years, and I have continued to teach STEAM-related classes through Needham Community Education.

  • I co-founded Let’s Build: Engineering Fun for Kids. Beginning in 2014,  I developed and implemented the hands-on, engaging engineering and science curriculum for elementary students. The program's goal is to make engineering exciting and accessible to elementary students while also promoting family engagement by having family and community members run activities in classes. In addition, I organized and ran the Engineering Extravaganza community event five times. 

  • Currently, I work at Lesley University as adjunct faculty in Education and I supervise student teachers. Through this work, I observe and connect with teachers throughout the Boston Area.

 

Educational Consultant

  • In 2020 I earned my PhD in Education from Lesley University. My studies focused on the family-school relationship, incorporating sociology, public policy, history and more.

  • I currently offer workshops, forums, and organizational consulting for those hoping to untangle the knot at the heart of the family, school, community relationship, especially as it pertains to equity. Areas I cover include parenting and socioeconomic status, equitable parenting, relationships in education, early childhood education, family engagement policies and practices, and elementary STEM education.  

  • I am on the public policy steering committee for the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (state affiliate NAEYC). This month, I met with our Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. (via Zoom) to highlight the importance of earmarking COVID funds for programs supporting young children, their teachers, and their families.

 

Community Volunteer

I believe in giving back to my community, and have a long history of serving the children and families of Needham. I have been deeply involved in many community organizations, including:

 

  • Let's Build: Engineering Fun for Kids (2014 – present)

  • Equal Justice Needham for Families (2020 – present)

  • Needham Lunch Equity Project (2020 – present)

  • NPS REAL Coalition (2019 – present)

  • Citizens for Needham Schools (2014 – 2019)

  • Needham Education Foundation (2012 – 2016)

  • Parent Talk (2007 – 2009)

Let's Build Workshops at Broadmeadow Elementary School

In Washington D.C. working to secure funding for young children, their teachers and families. (Feb 2020)

Presenting a full-day workshop at Assumption College for 80 school counselors