I am currently a music educator for the NYC Department of Education, where I was a finalist for the NYC Big Apple Awards in 2019. I have taught K-8 general music, 6-12 adaptive string orchestra, and K-8 musical theatre in a variety of class ratio settings. In addition, I am an adjunct faculty member at CUNY Brooklyn College, where I am also the NAfME Collegiate Chapter advisor. I completed my BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College, and an Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from CUNY Brooklyn College. I am a classically trained cellist and have performed throughout the NYC community.
I have mainly worked with students who are exceptional learners. My philosophy is to incorporate a strength-based learning environment for all students, in addition to utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). I have spent the past thirteen years developing a curriculum that is meaningful, enriching, inclusive, and diverse. Through adapted and differentiated content, I have seen significant success for all types of learners.
Lastly, I am proactive in the professional education community. I am the NYSSMA Chair for Music for Special Learners. I was previously on the executive board of MEANYC, where I was the membership chair, professional development chair, the District 75 teaching representative, and the editor of the digital journal Presto! In addition, I have presented workshops, and published articles - both at the local, national, and international levels.
It is the diversity of my teaching experience combined with my professional experience, which has prepared me for a rewarding career as a music educator.