I am the Community Specialist at Teachstone, but I have served in other roles during my time here. I am a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. After graduating from Monticello high school, I went on to obtain a BA in Anthropology from James Madison University. Following my undergraduate studies, I became a Corps Members with Teach For America, where I taught high school Spanish in eastern North Carolina for two years.
I have been with Teachstone since April 2018. During my time here my roles have included serving as a bilingual customer support representative as well as a specialist on the implementation team.
I am eager to have the opportunity to support you all, and I am looking forward to getting to know all about the incredible work that you all do.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Many teachers will agree that their first year of teaching can be one of the most grueling, challenging, and stressful experiences for them as they take on the task of educating our youth. In my first year of teaching, I was not familiar with the CLASS tool and its impact in the classroom. I was not aware of the dimensions, indicators, and the tremendous power of interactions. Looking back, I recognize the many ways the CLASS tool was reflected in my classroom, but I also see the value in how familiarity with the CLASS tool could have benefitted my classroom. Although many external forces impacted my role as a high school Spanish teacher, the CLASS tool’s invaluable purpose could have made a profound impact on my first year teaching.