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Greenwich Country Day School

Greenwich, CT

  • Co-designed concept-driven curriculum for 9th grade World Literature and 10th grade American Literature courses

  • Co-created interdisciplinary and project-based learning experiences for 9th and 10th students culminating in public-facing exhibitions of learning.

  • Volunteer member of the Identity, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice team.

  • Co-sponsor for the Podcast Club and Film Studies club.



  • Co-author of bestselling Learning that Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World by Corwin Press and co-host of educational podcast Conceptually Speaking

  • Published by educational outlets including the National Council of Teachers of English, UC Irvine’s National Writing Center, and Corwin Connect

  • Facilitates professional development sessions and ongoing instructional coaching for public, private, and international school educators and administrators around the world

  • Selected to present at regional, national, and international conferences including the National Council of Teachers of English 2022 Conference, Annual Visible Learning Conference and the International Baccalaureate World Conference

  • Co-designed online courses taken by teachers, administrators, and university professors covering K12 curriculum and instruction in English Language Arts



Charles J. Colgan High School

Prince William County, VA

  • Selected by the Virginia Department of Education to create units and lesson plans to support the rollout of new 2017 state standards of learning

  • Led 10th and 12th grade level teams in curriculum design, data analysis, and responsive lesson planning using instructional technology and project-based learning methods

  • Selected to partner with district leadership to redesign Prince William County’s curricular units, lesson plans, assessment methods, and reading/writing policies

  • Served as cosponsor for Model UN, Muslim Student Association, & National Honor Society

  • Served as assistant varsity soccer coach for Charles J. Colgan High School and DC United’s U-15 youth academy


Middlebrook Middle School

Wilton, CT


  • Implemented Columbia Teachers College’s Units of Study while integrating authentic multimodal composition informed by my doctoral research into multiliteracies theory

  • Leveraged research from cognitive science and disciplinary literacy to plan transfer-focused interdisciplinary units across 8th-grade humanities classes

  • Served as a member of Middlebrook’s Racial, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Technology Support Team, and teacher representative for the PTA.

  • Led professional development sessions and book studies for Middlebrook faculty



University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne

Doctorate of Education in Learning Design & Leadership

Urbana-Champagne, IL

  • Studying how multimodal tools and processes influence secondary English Language Arts students' ability to compose literary interpretations

  • Selected to be a member of the AERA Writing & Literacies SIG Graduate Student Board

  • Serving as the Communications Chair for the Journal of Learning Design & Leadership

  • Maintaining a 4.0 GPA average


James Madison University

Bachelors of Arts in English &

Masters in the Art of Teaching in Secondary Education

  • Successfully completed 6-month student teaching and internship process at Kate-Collins Middle School and Spotswood High School

  • Successfully researched and submitted Master Thesis exploring the relationship between students' factual knowledge and ability to engage in higher order thinking.

  • Graduated with a 3.5 Major GPA in English Studies

  • Graduated five-year MAT program with a 3.5 GPA average

Harrisonburg, VA

Educational Research

Publications & Public Scholarship

Conference Presentations

  • Light, Color, Sound, and Texture: Multimodal Composition in K–12 Classrooms
    National Council of Teachers of English National Conference (November, 2022)

  • Cultivating Compositional Agility: Shining a Light on Learning that Transfers
    National Council of Teachers of English National Conference (November, 2022)

  • Multimodal Composition: Illuminating Our Humanity and Influencing Change
    National Council of Teachers of English National Conference (November, 2022)

  • Deepening Our Understanding of Transfer of Learning
    The Language and Literacy Webinar Series from California State University (September, 2022)

  • Designing Authentic Learning with Disciplinary Literacy
    The Inquiry Educators Summit (April, 2022)

  • Learning that Transfers: Designing Agile Learning for the ELA Classroom
    New England Association of Teachers of English

  • Learning that Transfers: Designing Curriculum for English Language Arts
    Curriculum Camp Conference (July, 2021)

  • Learning that Transfers for the Middle Years
    The Inquiry Educators Summit (March, 2021)

  • Reconnecting with Ourselves: Teaching for Transfer in the Humanities
    Annual Visible Learning Conference (August, 2020)

  • Teaching for Transfer: Designing agile learning for language and literature
    International Baccalaureate Global Conference (Cancelled)

  • Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding
    Mid-Atlantic Association of International Baccalaureate Schools (2019)

  • Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding in English Language Arts
    Virginia Association of Teachers of English (2019)

  • Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding in English Language Arts
    Empower: Forsyth County Professional Development Conference (2019)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of English

  • New England Area Teachers of English

  • American Educational Research Association

    • Writing & Literacies SIG​

    • Semiotics & Multimodality SIG

  • Conference on English Leadership

  • Journal of Learning Design & Leadership

    • Communications Chair​

  •  National Association for Media Literacy Education

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