Departments and Positions
Upper School English
B.A., English, Middlebury College
M.A., English and Film, Northwestern University
Ed.M., Literature, Journalism, Law and Education, Harvard University
An avid fan of Menlo School for the last two decades, I originally started as both a college counselor and an English teacher in 1999. That was, incidentally, the epic year when both The Chamber of Secrets and the now ancient-seeming film, “The Matrix,” came out. Fresh out of my second grad school foray, I was raring to get back into teaching and jumped in with AP English Literature and seminars such as Souls in Conflict, Film and Literature and European Lit.
That all went on pause during an unexpected 10+ year hiatus, where I moved to New Jersey for a time, focused on my horde of small children, and began writing a humor column called “Caution: Acorns” (which really meant pursuing a micro-career in self-parody). In the meantime, I tutored extensively and taught mini-classes in writing and dystopian fiction. I also maintained my core identity as a die-hard Star Wars, Sci-Fi and Lord of the Rings fan while working as an admission reader for the Ivy League, Stanford, and the UC.
Now back at Menlo as a literary operative, I continue to love teaching and learning. In my spare time, I like to offer people benedictions relating to the Force being with them and perform occasional Hamilton raps. Other favorite hobbies include baking literary pun treats for my students and reading sci-fi.