Duke University, M.A.T. in Social Studies Education
I grew up in eastern North Carolina and have spent the past few years living in Durham. I have a long and eclectic work history, starting with my first job cleaning buses at age 12. Since then, I’ve been a camp counselor, deckhand on a commercial passenger vessel, sailboat fleet repairman, sailing instructor, Teaching Assistant/Counselor at the NC Governor’s School, wilderness trip leader, standardized test scorer, line assembler, bicycle mechanic, barista, transportation planning intern, and professional theater technician (to name a few). Somewhere in the midst of all that I graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in history and geography and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Duke University.
I have a wide range of interests and like to stay busy. I love reading, camping, sailing, gardening, cooking, eating, fixing stuff, and riding my bike. Despite all of my different interests and lines of work, I have always dreamed of teaching social studies. I absolutely love this subject and believe that its study has the power to change our world for the better.
I have worked in outdoor education for about eight years and firmly believe that nature has a unique ability to foster personal growth and broaden educational horizons for students of all backgrounds. However, I realize that this is a privilege usually only reserved for youth from families with substantial financial means. For my MAT 702 class this past summer, I created a webpage with ideas and strategies designed to incorporate outdoor education into the public school curriculum. To learn more, follow this link.
Awards & Accolades
Graduated with distinction from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill