I completed my BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music) and an advanced certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders at CUNY Brooklyn College. I am currently pursuing a second masters degree in Educational Leadership from CUNY Hunter College.I am a classically trained cellist, and have performed with various ensembles in the NYC community. Currently, I teach at PS370K (Jim Thorpe School). My teaching experience has led me to teach: general music, orchestra, performing arts, in addition to being the musical director. I am currently the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Special Learners Chair. I was a finalist for the NYC Big Apple Awards in 2019.
I have mainly worked with students who are special learners. I have worked with students who are: on the autism spectrum, have physical or cognitive delays, have emotional/behavioral disabilities, in addition to students who are classified as gifted and talented. I have spent the past ten years developing a curriculum that is both meaningful, and enriching to all populations. Through adapted and differentiated content, I have seen a large success in my special education population.
Since special learners is an ever-growing important topic, I have discovered the importance of sharing the teaching practices that work in my classroom with other teachers. I have presented, and co-presented, workshops for: NYSSMA, NYCDOE, SCMEA, OMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, NYSCAME, MEANYC, PMEA, ABLE Assembly, Balanced Mind, NAfME's National In-Service Conference, NAfME's Western Division Conference, NAfME’s Eastern Division Conference, in additional to to two online webinars for NAfME Academy. I have been asked to present, and co-present, workshops at: NYU, CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, Hofstra University, University of Connecticut and Crane School of Music.
Lastly, I have had articles published in: International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, School Music News, Tempo, Maryland Music Educator, Bluegrass Music News, Windsong Journal, and DARTS Newsletter magazines, in addition to having five articles published on NAfME's blog, Music in a Minuet.
It is the diversity of my teaching experience combined with my years of performing which have prepared me for a rewarding career as a music educator.