My life’s work has been shaped by and hewn from rich conversations. As a public school teacher in Guilford, Marlboro and Londonderry, as a history instructor at Community College of Vermont, and as a camp director at Farm and Wilderness in central Vermont, I realized that it is impossible to teach about the world without encouraging people to find their place in it.
After leaving the classroom, I worked for the Flow of History, a Vermont non-profit, to assist classroom teachers in using historical documents with their students. Conversations with educators about teaching under the new standardized testing regimen led me to my work as a professional coach. I wanted to get better at asking the right questions because we all need assistance in order to see the many possibilities before us.
As a child of an immigrant dad and a mom from a modest background, I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to receive an excellent college education. The public elementary and secondary schools I attended gave me the solid foundation I needed to earn a BA at Smith College, an MA in education from Harvard, and an MA in history from UMASS Amherst.
Currently, as an editorial columnist at the Brattleboro Reformer and as a member of the Workforce Development Committee at the non-profit Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategies, my work has connected me with residents from all over the county. I now have a much broader understanding of our regional needs. Conversations with folks from our more populated areas, as well as residents of the West River Valley, Deerfield Valley and our more remote byways, have revealed that we all have fears about what the future holds for our children and grandchildren. I want to transform that fear into confidence that we have the skills, the resources, and the creativity to forge a stronger county together.
- Workforce Development with Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategies
- Educator who has worked with area youth and adults in schools and camps
- Brattleboro elected town meeting representative
- Brattleboro’s Development Review Board
- Involved in PTO and parent-led natural science classes at Green Street School
- Past president of the board at Brattleboro Nursery School
- Trained personal coach working with area professionals to achieve their goals
- Editorial columnist for Brattleboro Reformer (Read my columns)
- A mom working to make a brighter future for all our area children