In 2009, I was given the opportunity to continue my research in adolescent literacy and social/emotional/behavioural issues by moving to England where I completed a Master of Science in Educational Research, and a PhD in Education (Educational Psychology and Literacy) at the University of Exeter, followed by a PGCE in Secondary English Education and QTS through Bath Spa University (2017). I subsequently taught a variety of English Literature and Language courses at the Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, and Key Stage 5 levels ranging from lower set Year 7s up to mid-level Year 12s, challenging me with mixed abilities and student backgrounds.
In 2018 I returned home to the US and began teaching in a rural farming community—first with 8th grade ELA students in middle school and finishing the year with 10th grade World Literature and Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (12th grade).
As an educator, I believe wholeheartedly in holistic student experiences. I have been a concert cellist and double bassist for over 30 years having played with orchestras/symphonies in both the US and UK. I feel strongly about the positive benefits the arts and music can have on personal development, as well as academic, and look forward to being able to contribute to this at NAISAK, whether it is through private lessons for students or working with dramatic/musical school productions (Love a good Gilbert & Sullivan)! Additionally, whilst in the UK, I was an active volunteer with Age UK and Exeter City Football in the Community Trust—it is important to me to encourage the value of volunteerism and hope to continue adding to this an already strong school community.
(And) I wouldn’t be transparent if I didn’t mention sports!!! As an American, I love baseball, softball, and College football (ok maybe NFL), but became quite the fan of rugby and ‘soccer’ whilst in the UK! Go Exeter Chiefs and Grecians! I’m very interested and excited to see what local/traditional sports, music, and cuisine Qatar has to offer!