New Director of Learning Skills

I was born in the United States but moved to Japan with my family when I was four and my brother just one. My parents, both teachers, received an unexpected opportunity to live and work there, and decided to jump at the chance. What was going to be a "few year" adventure ultimately turned into 20+ years, and Japan came to represent my childhood and adolescence. It will always be "home." For college, I returned to the United States to attend Cornell University where I studied Government and East Asian Studies. I also ran on the track and field team and sang in an a cappella group. Not knowing entirely what I wanted to do after graduation, I entered the Hospitality field. It didn't provide that feeling of "making a difference" that I craved, so I applied to be a NYC Teaching Fellow. I received my graduate degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities from Pace University and have been in the field of education ever since. There is nowhere else I'd rather be! I have worked as a Special Education teacher, Learning Specialist, Study Skills Instructor and Student Support Coordinator in places ranging from New York City to Thailand to Uruguay. I am happy to now be rooted in New Hampshire with my family - my husband and our two young boys. That my journey has brought me here to Dublin and to its Learning Skills Program is unbelievably exciting, and I am thrilled to be a part of this community.

What book has made you think the most?: Three of my favorites are The Kite Runner, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Good Earth. I couldn't put them down. I remember stopping in the middle of various sidewalks so that I could finish a chapter! Books that touch me emotionally, that make me pause to reflect on the fragility and beauty of life, are the ones that stick with me.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Reading minds. And the ability to fly.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Adventurous, Patient, Thoughtful

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Before I'd invite anyone famous I'd round up my family! Parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, children, grandparents - I'd want everyone to be together under the same roof for the evening. Delicious food, lively conversation, games and laughter. We see each other too seldom.