Rochester, New York
What do you enjoy most about working/teaching at NSHS?
I enjoy building a relationship with my team and the students. I’m inspired by my students who have overcome challenges and are resilient and determined in achieving academic success. I appreciate my DSA for building a positive, supportive work culture, the office manager for her organizational skills and being on top of everything and I appreciate the students who are focused and are on task. It makes work and teaching enjoyable overall and I look forward to coming in every day.
How do you like to spend your free time?
In my free time I like to work out. I especially enjoy hiking, jogging, yoga and going to the gym. I’m pretty introverted so I enjoy calming activities like meditating, journaling, reading, going to museums, or hanging out in small groups. I especially enjoy talking and exploring thoughts and ideas. Something that I’m really passionate about is volunteering for a mental health nonprofit organization called NAMI, so I spend a lot of my free time spreading mental health awareness as a mental health advocate.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world would be by a calm beach on a slightly breezy, warm, sunny day.
What was the last book you read?
The last book that I finished was called Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I’m currently reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
Which authors have influenced you the most?
Brene Brown has been a highly influential person in my life. In her two books that I’ve read, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfections, she discusses the importance of embracing our whole selves, the good and the bad. She also touches on the importance of being vulnerable and how being our true selves is what fosters true connections with others. She’s inspired me to embrace who I am fully and to accept my past and present self as I move into my future self. She also has a couple of TED Talks and a 1 hour documentary special on Netflix. It’s a must watch! She’s hilarious.
What do you hope students will come away with after attending NSHS?
I hope students will walk away with the sense that they are in control of their futures and can achieve a high level of success as long as they take responsibility for themselves and work hard for it. Regardless of what their background is, their future is for them to mold. They have the opportunity to get a head start here with support as they start their college careers before high school graduation. I hope that they will take advantage of that and leave NSHS with the confidence to succeed in college.