I’m deeply committed to transforming how educators show up for themselves and in turn, their students and school communities.
I quickly realized that while burnout was exacerbated by the pandemic, the underlying issue required introducing a new paradigm of teaching; one that prioritizes social-emotional well-being to transform how educators show up for their students, colleagues and themselves.
During my first year in the classroom I realized that although I felt prepared with my content knowledge, pedagogy and philosophy, I had no idea who my students were. As a result, I dove into the research about how we learn through the lens of cognitive neuroscience which led me to pursue my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Throughout my career I have come to believe that the most generous thing educators can do for their students is take care of themselves.
My research has led to some incredible opportunities including a feature in Authority Magazine, Medium, Thrive Global and Voyage MIA. I am a TEDx speaker and the author of the Amazon bestseller, A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher. My podcast, Take Notes, is in the top 3% of global podcasts.
My insatiable curiosity continues to make the Empowered Educator programs relevant and reflective of the most up-to-date research in mindset, leadership, and cognitive neuroscience. I am committed to inspiring teachers and school leaders to discover their voice and maintain a healthy longevity throughout their careers.
I began as a public school music teacher for 15 years in Central New York.
Since its inception, I’ve reached teachers and school leaders all over the world through Empowered Educator.
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