I am an English teacher here at John F. Kennedy High School. I primarily teach Concurrent Enrollment courses in collaboration with Red Rocks Community College.
I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and have worked in a number of educational spaces, ranging from high school teaching and leadership, to college and university teaching and administration. I earned my Bachelors’ Degree in Journalism and English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, I moved to Boston, where I pursued a Master of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Licensure from Northeastern University. After a return to Cleveland, I received a Master of Education in Professional Teaching, again from John Carroll University. I completed my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from New England College in 2016. I was recently accepted into a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Advanced Educational Leadership in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I guess I love going to college!
I have always been a believer in education as a great equalizer, and a way for anyone from any background to engage in social mobility. Serving students has always been central to my work and addressing disparities within the community concerning critical issues surrounding the lives of youth and young adults has motivated this work. I also serve as a County Commissioner here in Denver, focusing on LGBTQ+ affairs, and Crime Prevention and Control initiatives. I was previously a City Councilman in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. Clearly, I’m into politics!
I am an active skier, hiker, and enjoy working on my home and in my garden. I am currently working on two books; one is a memoir and the other, a text about educational climate and culture. Me and my husband, Thomas, live in the South Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, with our daughter, and our two Schnauzers.