I earned my B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and received the prestigious Senior Fellowship that allowed me to forego senior year classes (living the dream!) while designing and implementing an independent, experiential research project. The resulting work, The Phoenix Project: Stories and Poems from U.S. Prisons, solidified my love for curriculum design and teaching. I continued teaching writing workshops in prisons until my return to academia as a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Columbia University. There, I also worked in the University’s Center for Student Advising, where I designed and taught first-year seminars and served as the Advisor for Independent Research. I experienced the positive, life-changing impact smart curriculum and dedicated counselors had on students and enjoyed watching them blossom and grow in confidence as they transitioned to adulthood. Bringing over ten years of teaching and advising at the high school and college level to my role as Graduate Coach, I look forward to creating spaces for young people to own their dreams and chart paths to follow them.
I teach my students that creativity and willingness to take a different route opens up new possibilities and I apply those same lessons to my own life. I maintain ties to academia through conference presentations and publishing – two articles forthcoming in 2019 – and I’m rediscovering my athletic ability as a master’s athlete in competitive weightlifting. If I can learn to read a map without having to walk and doublecheck the GPS every few steps you can find me on my first backpacking trip later this year. Related, I’m scared of bears.