I am a career educator and arts leader; currently focused on student wellbeing, happiness and safeguarding.
LINK TO CV HERE. Currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Riffa Views International School in Bahrain.
From 2004 – 2016 I taught in the USA private and independent school systems, specializing in Drama, Theatre Arts, Debate, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. Since 2016, I have been teaching internationally, first in Morocco and most recently in Bahrain; I now have experience in the UK international school system (IGCSE English, KS3-4 Drama, IGCSE History, and IB Program Development) as well as the International Baccalaureate program in both PYP and DP modes.
In Morocco I helped to develop the Secondary Education program at the International School of Morocco (KS3 – KS4, IGCSE, and IB DP). Core to this work, I helped to shape the school structure, philosophy, and instructional sequence. Collaborating with the Maths and Science department I facilitated a program where students engaged in collaborative learning that integrated both creative open-minded Project Based Learning and “traditional” academic skills such as technical writing, artifact analysis, and academic reading.
Before international teaching, I served as the Drama Department Head at Explorer West Middle School in Seattle; I created a three-year theatre program that took each student from page to stage. The program has earned students top playwright honor awards from ACT Theatre in Seattle Washington, attracted the attention of the movie company Mighty Tripod Productions, producing three films with my middle school students, and takes students to above grade level standards for the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. I am also a co-founder of the award winning debate team for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Seattle WA Local leagues.
In addition to IB training in Theatre Arts, Literature A, and Theory of Knowledge, I am a National Board Certified Teacher, hold an Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University with endorsements in Theatre Arts and English Language Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BFA in Performance from Naropa University.