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An innovative educator with demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing integrated humanities courses. I have more than twelve years experience teaching in a variety of settings and cultures. A passion for designing globally inspired curricula and a belief in student centered learning, inspire my work. As a working poet and novelist, I bring the creative process into the classroom.


in addition to teaching



Public Speaking

Community Building


TEACHING/Curriculum Design


2018-Current: Asheville-Buncombe Community College, Adjunct Instructor in English, Asheville & Marshall, NC

  • Part time: Teaching college composition and literature 


2018 March-August: Curriculum Designer: Montessori School of Tokyo

 Working on site in Tokyo, and remotely to develop an integrated Middle School humanities curriculum, specifically designed for this international Montessori school in the heart of the city.

Developed a school partnerships with a Zen Monastery in Kamakura as part of unit on Japanese cultural history.  Developed place based unit on “Konbini Kulture” the economics of the convenience store. Developed mindfulness practice in classroom.


2017-2018: English Teacher: The Jewish Community High School of the Bay: San Francisco 

As English Teacher taught American & World Literature to 10th and 11th grade, including James Baldwin, Transcendentalism, and a focus on the poetry of Native America, as well as multicultural short stories. In World Literature taught Achebe, Adichie, Modernist Poetry from WWI, and the Jewish Diaspora. 


2016-2017: Humanities Teacher: The Renaissance International School Oakland

In addition to teaching English and History, provided writing support & creative writing lessons to upper elementary students. Created & taught a Spoken Arts Course that included Shakespeare, spoken word poetry, and public debating skills. Led Model UN, delegate preparation, and participation in New York.


2013-2016: Adolescent Program Coordinator, Casa di Mir Montessori School, Campbell, California.

As Program Coordinator and teacher established initial curriculum guidelines and methods. Guided & hosted parent education events and public outreach. Designed placed based curriculum “Apricots to Apples” & other community based education partnerships in Santa Clara County. Lead sustainable agriculture education program with Veggielution Urban Farm in San Jose, including a grant award for our Orchard of History. Lead debate program and Model UN Delegation to New York City.      


2012-2013: Adolescent Program Director, Montessori-Bali School, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Established curriculum guidelines and methods as well as providing training for local teaching assistants in Montessori Adolescent approaches.  Created and implemented an English Language learning program for Indonesian students from Jodie O’Shea Orphanage. Designed literature & cultural studies curriculum based on Hindu & Muslim heritage of Indonesia. Including Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) and an on-site unit in Buddhist History at Borobudur Temple Complex in Java. 

2007- 2012: Upper School & IB Coordinator, Pacific Rim International School, San Mateo. (A Chinese/ Japanese bilingual Montessori school)   As Adolescent Program Coordinator and teacher established initial curriculum guidelines and methods. Guided & hosted parent education events and public outreach. Created curricula for four year integrated humanities cycle for grades 7-10. Developed integrated Asian Studies units & micro-economy Asian Tea Room.  Taught IB literature, IB history, Theory of Knowledge to Diploma Students.  Instrumental in guiding school to International Baccalaureate Accreditation.

2004-2006: High School Humanities Teacher, Al Akhawayn University School of Ifrane, Ifrane, Morocco.

Developed course content for 8th through 12th grades, including English and World Literature, as well as composition and creative writing. Initiated school-wide curriculum project to include Arab/Muslim Literature  in syllabus. Initiated public reading series for students and 


In addition to teaching I am a  practicing writer with award winning o publications in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Previous to my teaching career I worked in book publishing in New York and San Francisco and continue freelance editorial work. This work is featured in more detail on my writing website



Basic French 



2007: Graduate: NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies @ Hershey Farm School


1987 MFA Degree, Bard College, Annandale, NY


Teacher Training/ Professional Development:

 2018: More than Mindfulness: Transformative Education Conference, Rainbow Community School, Asheville NC

2015: Non-Violent Communication Workshop with NVC Bay Area

2014: Veggielution: Work Leader Training in Community Agriculture

2013: Montessori Model United Nations Facilitator Training, New York.

2010-2011: Stanford University Continuing Studies, Classics & Literature Departments. 

2009: NCTA: National Consortium for Teaching About Asia. Chinese Bridge Delegate.  Traveled to China as delegate of Chinese Bridge Program

2009:  International Baccalaureate Organization; Rice University, Houston Tx.  Completed teacher training for Level 2, Theory of Knowledge, and Level 2, English A1.

2008:  Stanford Program in International  & Cross-cultural Education; Stanford University, Palo Alto. 

Professional References available by request. 

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