As a classroom teacher, I saw firsthand how the Folger approach transforms teaching and learning. (Side note: it was my students who made me fall in love with this Shakespeare guy.) After years of using it with all kinds of students in all kinds of settings—ELLs, reluctant readers, AP students, and students with exceptionalities, here in DC and abroad—I wanted to share it with everyone. Plus, since I’ve joined the Folger, I’ve learned a ton of new and exciting things, not just about Shakespeare and teaching but also about rare books and special collections, theatre, art, history, museums, community engagement, and the digital humanities. I currently manage teacher workshops, the Lily McKee High School Fellows, and a big chunk of our growing partnerships with DC Public Schools and Newark Public Schools. It is a privilege to work alongside teachers on instruction that grows students’ knowledge and confidence as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners—and makes us all fall in love with language over and over again.
Other essential info: Matisse’s cut-outs,The Great Gatsby, lemons, 80s new wave, How to Steal a Million, travel adventures with my husband, and my mom’s carbonara all give me life. My dad was my high school principal. Always seeking fellow West Virginians, Francophiles, and writing center people.