I lead a district office team that facilitates hiring for all positions, administers compensation and benefits, manages partnerships with bargaining units, and leads professional learning for staff. We work to build and maintain a workplace where staff can make a significant difference in the lives of children while growing as leaders themselves. Employees come to us for help with things like fingerprinting, certification, health benefits, leaves, and tuition reimbursement.
When I was growing up, I wanted to be...all sorts of things, including a teacher and mathematician.
I graduated from…New York University, where my freshman dorm had about as many residents as my whole hometown in upstate New York.
I’ve been with City Schools...in my current role since August, 2017. However, I started my career as a teacher right here in 2001. I began as a teacher at Cross Country Elementary/Middle School, when it was just an elementary school.
Before I joined City Schools, I…held many positions. Between my work as a teacher and my return to City Schools, I trained teachers, designed and a led a principal certification program, served as a state Title I director, consulted school and district leaders across the country, and led the human capital division for another urban district, where I launched a program to create new teacher leader roles focused on increasing student learning and supporting new teachers.
If I could have a cup of coffee with any of my former teachers or mentors, it would be...my second grade teacher, Ms. Rubinski, who planted a seed that grew into a passion for equity by introducing me to the story of Harriet Tubman. (Now Ms. Rubinski is my Facebook friend!)
My favorite book is...Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. My first-grade students loved it, and now so does my son. The illustration with the ladder on the roof of the car is hilarious.
One thing that many people may not know about me is...I’ve lived in seven different neighborhoods in Baltimore City: Fells Point, downtown, Brewers Hill, Evergreen, Medford, Mid-Town Belvedere, and Bolton Hill.
A leader that I admire is...Thurgood Marshall, who graduated from Frederick Douglass High School, because he persisted in the face of injustice. Despite being denied admission to the University of Maryland’s law school due to his race, he went on to become the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. As an attorney, his most famous case was been Brown v. Board of Education, which earned a court decision that moved America closer to fulfilling its promise.
The best thing about my role is…I am part of a big team of people across the city who dedicate their days - and many nights - to helping our young people achieve their dreams.