I write picture books for children that connect with a child’s imagination. My writing credits include a published essay in the NY Times, two locally-staged plays, and a poem appearing in The Dirigible Balloon. I am an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Julie Hedlund’s Picture Book Challenge, and participate in a rigorous critique process.
I am also an educator with over 20 years’ experience as a Reading Specialist, K-12. My passion is giving students the skills and strategies to become self-directed learners while encouraging a love of reading and writing.
Three times a year for over 10 years, my colleagues and I presented grant-funded Family Reading Nights literacy topics. From 1997-2015, I created Monthly Writing Contests/Challenges to foster positive attitudes towards writing. Students and their families were invited to share their work at Writers’ Breakfasts. These collaborative projects have helped me grow as an educator and build strong collegial and community connections while advocating for literacy.
I developed and presented staff development in the areas of assessment (NYS Elementary Testing and Scoring, Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarks), Common Core Standards, Small Group Instruction, iPads in the Classroom and Reading/Writing Workshop. I believe that adults and children learn best when learning is meaningful and interactive.
I achieved National Board Certification and Renewal in Literacy, N-6 (2005-2025) and am certified in Structured Literacy. I also hold permanent NYC certification in Reading, K-12 and Common Branch, K-6.