I grew up in Connecticut, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Western CT State University and a Master of Education degree from Sacred Heart University. I wrapped up my academic career at Southern CT State University, where I completed my Sixth Year degree as a Reading and Language Arts Consultant.
I had the privilege of teaching English at both the high school and the middle school level. I taught eighth grade language arts at City Hill Middle School in Naugatuck, CT. In addition, I taught juniors and seniors at Hamden High School. Some of my favorite courses to teach were American Literature and Expository Writing, as well as teaching some fun AP electives, such as Writing about Literature and Debate. I also had the pleasure of being co-advisor for Hamden High School’s Debate team, which also involved being a judge at several state wide competitions.
For most high school students, there’s a big shift that happens around junior and senior year. This is usually when kids start realizing their future is fast approaching. As their teacher, I had the opportunity to guide students, as they were about to make impactful life decisions, like where they’ll go to college or if they’ll go to college. My senior writing classes were required to write a college essay. It was during this time that students shared their hopes and dreams with me, both in their writing and in various conversations we had. It became less about teaching and more about the relationship I built all year long with each student.
Moving from a high school classroom to higher education has been a natural transition for me. My new role in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions involves overseeing the emails at Admissions@newhaven.edu. I love helping prospective students and their families in a way that eases their concerns and ensures prompt and accurate communication.