I am excited to join the Shortridge community this school year as MTSS coach. A life-long east sider, I grew up attending Arlington Woods 99, Forest Manor Middle School, and Howe High School. Upon leaving IPS as a student, I attended Indiana University in Bloomington before returning to Indy to start my career. 

I have worked in various capacities in IPS, Warren, and Washington townships, with a pause or two while I completed an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

In addition to my work in schools, I have served on multiple boards with regard to literacy, writing, and equity. I was a two-term member of the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance (now Learning for Justice), and I have been a facilitator with the Hoosier Writing Project for over ten years. 

I have an amazing spouse and two grown children. When we are together, you will find us trying out new recipes, traveling to obscure music venues, or watching documentaries on Netflix.   

“You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.” – James Baldwin

Degrees and Certifications:

Indiana University (B.S. Secondary English Education) 

Murray State University (M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction)

Teacher-Consultant, National Writing Project

Certified Trainer, Learning for Justice literacy framework