Currently, I teach in multiple capacities at Stanford University:
- I co-teach and TA for both elementary and secondary candidates in the Stanford Teacher Education Program
- I am the TA for the leadership seminar for POLS (Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies) Master's students in the Graduate School of Education
- I TA the introductory education course for Stanford undergraduates (Ed 101)
- I solo-teach the course Introduction to the Profession of Teaching, a highly selective course for Stanford undergraduates
Before my doctoral work at Stanford, I spent five years as a fourth grade special education teacher. My students had average or above-average IQ, but struggled with speech and language, including textual and listening comprehension. These incredible people helped me to think about comprehension in new ways and to see the world through their eyes. Their ways of speaking, listening, and knowing will always drive my research and my passion for giving students more opportunities to flourish.
In addition to classroom teaching, I also led a math tutoring program for low-income and Emergent Bilingual students who had no math-based disabilities but who were more than one year behind in mathematics instruction. Through this program, I helped adult citizens grow into expert tutors and helped students discover new ways to think about math.
Finally, I spent time leading a kindergarten classroom as well as designing and running various summer programs, imaginative play therapy, and comprehension-based private tutoring.
In addition to the teaching I do for Stanford listed above, I continue my teaching and work in classrooms through work in elementary classrooms related to my dissertation, through leading text-based discussion groups, through assessments of early childhood learners, and with private tutoring clients in elementary and middle school.