I completed my BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College and an advanced certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders at CUNY Brooklyn College. I am the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Special Learners Chair. I am a special education music educator for the NYC Department of education, where I have taught elementary and secondary general music, string orchestra, and musical theatre to students who have moderate to severe disabilities, in addition to students classified as gifted and talented. This autumn, I will be joining CUNY Brooklyn College as adjunct faculty. I was a finalist for the NYC Big Apple Awards in 2019. I am a classically trained cellist and have played across the NYC area.
Since teaching students with exceptionalities is an ever-growing important topic, I have discovered the importance of sharing the teaching practices that work in my classroom with other teachers. I have presented workshops at the state, national, and international level. In addition, I have had articles published at the state, national, and international level. The primary academic focus of my work is neurodiversity in music settings, using music to build lifelong connections for all students, students with autism spectrum disorders in music environments, and the adapted string orchestra experience for all students.
It is the diversity of my teaching experience, combined with my performance experience, which have prepared me for a rewarding career as a music educator.