Most of you know me as a dancer. Some of you know me as a math teacher. And even fewer of you know me as a someone who would run the New York City Marathon. Here's how I got to this point...
I've been dancing since I can remember, from Dimensions Dance Center in St. Louis, MO, to the University of Iowa, all the way to New York City. Shortly after I moved to New York, my life took a dramatic turn away from dancing. Having tutored in math and science, met several influential people, and taught math and ELA in a summer program, I found myself in a position to accept a full-time teaching job as a math teacher. I taught 7th grade, 8th grade, and Algebra I to my first group of students in the 2014-2015 school year. I could not believe how much I loved my new job. I learned more than I could have ever anticipated both from the job itself and from my students. Unfortunately, the school at which I taught announced in the spring of 2015 that it was closing for good. It was no longer an option for me not to be a teacher, so I set out in search of a new school.
After a series of interviews, I found myself at The Nightingale-Bamford School: a school for girls on the Upper East Side of New York. Inside the walls of Nightingale, the warm and nurturing atmosphere, the curiosity and excitement in learning, the uniform skirts, and smiling girls throughout the building immediately reminded me of my experience as a student at Rosati-Kain: a school for girls in the Central West End of St. Louis. I felt completely at home. I began working at Nightingale in the math department in September of 2015. It has been an incredible year since then. My colleagues are welcoming, kind, and collaborative, and my students happy, engaged, and excited about learning. Nightingale is a remarkable place to work, to be, and to witness. Over the course of my year, I realized that every girl should have an opportunity to be at a place like Nightingale, with an irreplaceable education, life-long friends, and teachers who care and who are truly invested in their students. I realized I'd do anything to make that an accessible opportunity for all girls. I'd even run a marathon for this cause. And that's how I ended up here.
From now until November 6th, 2016, I will be raising money for the scholarship fund at Nightingale -- offering the opportunity to be at Nightingale to girls who would not be able to otherwise. Your support of this will not go unnoticed, and any amount helps! My goal is $2500, and hopefully we can reach that and more.
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