I am in my fourth year as Middle School Principal at the International School of Kenya in Nairobi. Prior to this, I was at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India for 8 years. I was the Middle School Assistant Principal for the last four years, and I taught sixth grade math for the first four years.
As of August 1, 2012 I completed the CAGS (Certificate for Advanced Graduate Studies) Educational Leadership program at Plymouth State University, earning certification for K-12 School Principal. On July 18, 2020 I defended my dissertation and earned a Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership and Community through Plymouth State University. My research topic was: An exploration of cultural competence in school leaders in international schools.
I am originally from the lakes and mountain region of Plymouth, NH. After high school, I headed for warmer climates and became a Blue Devil, while attending Duke University to earn my Bachelor of Arts with a Public Policy Studies major. After college, I joined the Peace Corps and taught fish farming and HIV/AIDS education in a small village in northern Zambia. After finishing that amazing two-year experience, I started a Master of Education program through Plymouth State University and then moved to Cairo, Egypt to start my teaching career. I worked my first year at Misr American College as a seventh and eighth grade math teacher and grades one through four computer teacher. I then worked at the American International School of Egypt for the next three years as an eighth grade pre-algebra and algebra teacher, as well as team leader.
I met my husband my first year in Cairo, and we now have two lovely daughters, Sophia and Isabella. They are thirteen-year-old identical twins, and are in eighth grade as of September 2020.
My priority in life is to maintain balance; my family, my friends, my health and my need for fun and being present are very important to me. I want to live life fully, with intention and meaning, being mindful of the little things. As an educator, I believe in looking at everything through the lens of what is best for kids and being student-centered. I am always interested in reading research and considering best practice. It is vital to remember the importance of people and relationships. And I believe it is essential to be reflective lifelong learners, seeking to grow and improve.
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