I am currently a doctoral student in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature and went on to obtain my master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from American University in Washington D.C.

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I taught in several capacities in both Washington D.C. and Brooklyn, N.Y. During my five years as an elementary school teacher, I worked as a bilingual teacher in a dual immersion program, as an English as a Second Language Teacher, and as a general education teacher. I worked in both a traditional public school and at a charter school during this time. My experiences working with low-income minority students and English learners prompted me to return to school to study how to improve schools for these students and better support their teachers.

Broadly I am interested in school improvement, English learners and immigrant students, teacher quality, and teacher training.