Who am I?

Mother, grandmother, grandchild of immigrants, fourth-grade teacher, consumer of ice cream and chicken feet, believer in the power of curiosity and mistakes.

I am a former editor, former programmer, and focused on the history of traditional Chinese medical theory as an undergrad and graduate student. That makes me a believer in transformation–if you want to do it, go for it!

To prove that transformation is possible, I’ll be in Mongolia for a month this summer for the Mongolia Field School focusing on the development of alternative energy sources. I never imagined that I would have the chance to delve deeply into this essential corner of development. This web site is the beginning of my work to integrate my learning and adventures into my classroom life.

I was honored to be a member of the National Geographic Educator Community Steering Committee from 2018-2019. Ask me about their learning framework! National Geographic has some rich and beautifully-structured online courses for teachers that are all free, as well as a certification program that completely changed my teaching and an educator network that will connect you to like-minded teachers. Check out their programs and resources if you want to enrich the lives of your students as well as your own.

This year I’ll be an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, which I know will deepen my students’ experience of global education. Thank you also to the Gilder Lehrman Institute for opportunities to study history for several summers and the wonderful people at Mt. Vernon for inviting me to their institute about George Washington this fall.