Working on the staff of my small town high school newspaper and yearbook planted dreams of beating city streets in search of big stories. While it was anything but The New York Times, landing a job as the high school columnist for my region’s weekly newspaper only fed my dreams of becoming a modern-day Mary Tyler Moore. In college, I majored in journalism, joined the newspaper staff my freshman year, and eventually served as editor in chief. On a whim, I applied to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism without ever having set foot in New York City. Less than a year later, I was working as an intern for Newsday while completing the school’s intensive master’s degree program.
Five years in the field took me to newspapers and wire services stretching from New Jersey to Texas. I was interviewing a panel of energy executives in a high rise in downtown Dallas on September 11, 2001, when someone wheeled a big-screen television into the conference room. As we watched the events of the day unfold, I decided it was time to do something different with my life. Less than a year later, I was standing in front of a classroom at St. Louis city’s Vashon High School thanks to the training and support offered by Teach For America.
Since, I have taught a variety of high school language arts courses as either the special educator or the sole classroom instructor. Fall 2011 represented my first foray into college teaching.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy freelance writing, spending time with friends and family, listening to live music, cooking, eating, and exploring the outdoors. During school breaks, I travel around the U.S. and abroad.