Career in Schools
I have spent my adult life serving as an educator, in a range of countries, states, cities, and large and small charter public and traditional public districts. While I have always felt passionate about education, and graduated with a Bachelor's in Spanish and Education from Bowdoin College, several experiences in particular drove me to seek my Master's Degree in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and to become a School Administrator.
Immediately after college, I joined Teach For America and served as a Special Education, ESOL, and English teacher at Rio Grande City High School (Go Rattlers!). After three years of living in a small rural town on the Texas/Mexico border, I moved to Uruguay where I served as an Assistant School Director at a bilingual public school. Parched of Dunkies coffee, and family, I moved back to Boston charged with starting the high school Spanish program at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Upham's Corner, Dorchester. At Boston Collegiate, I explored ways in which some families were more set up for success in the public school environment than others. I followed this interest and became the Program Director for St. Stephen's Youth Programs - a community center and after-school program embedded in the Villa Victoria neighborhood of the South End.
This unique experience required me to continue to expand my abilities to work with families, build trust between organizations with differing goals, and to speak with a variety of stakeholders. (Speaking Spanish fluently has often helped me to connect directly with the families I serve.) Eager to determine where in schools I could have the most effective impact, I took the step of becoming a Licensed Public School Administrator. Currently, I am in my third year serving as the Assistant Principal at Concord Middle School. Prior to this, I was the Assistant Principal at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, a thriving and diverse middle school with deep roots in the Waltham community. While living in Boston, I was a school administrator in a turnaround elementary school in Boston Public Schools.
I am an energetic, optimistic, team player who is committed to public education. I have maintained a focus throughout my career of advocating for subgroups of students outside the mainstream. In addition to my ongoing work in our neighboring town I now seek to bring my energy, advocacy, and experience to the Sudbury School Committee.
Our Sudbury School Committee has made great strides and carries positive momentum. It will be critical to keep this momentum going under such unique circumstances as we are in and, because of my career experience, I am the best candidate to hold this role in our community.