I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and spent my formative years in Lima, Peru. I completed a B.A. in history and classics (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in history at the University of Georgia. As a first-generation college student, I am passionate about helping students visualize, define, and achieve their specific goals for academic and personal growth.
From childhood, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in humanities education, so I arrived at college ready to major in history. My undergraduate coursework emphasized early American history, warfare in modern Europe, global imperialism, and museum studies. An introductory classics course and a summer study abroad program sparked my curiosity about the ancient Mediterranean. I took courses on Greek and Roman archaeology and social history as electives until I was two courses short of completing the major. For this reason, I joke that I “accidentally” majored in classics.
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working in a variety of educational settings. I researched, designed, and led history tours of my university’s campus for local 8th grade students. I pursued a Junior Fellowship at the Library of Congress Center for Learning, Literacy, and Engagement, where I authored and prototyped at-home history activities for elementary school students. I researched and designed interactive digital timelines for Georgia’s middle school history classrooms. After finishing my M.A. degree, I taught US history to 11th and 12th grade students at a college preparatory academy, where I worked with students with learning differences to create individualized plans for their academic success.
At AJ, I am passionate about helping students find the methods that work for their unique combination of abilities. I have a steadfast conviction that every student can be successful by leveraging their gifts and being aware of areas for growth. Academic growth should be holistic and include transferable intellectual, emotional, and social skills that contribute to the person we are each becoming—and it doesn’t hurt that these skills will be useful in every class we take in the future! I work with both my high school history students and my K-8 students to build confidence in their abilities and look at challenges in a positive light.
When I’m not tutoring at AJ, you can find me reading books by global authors, hiking local trails, or experimenting with new recipes from Indian cuisine.