I’ve worked with kids since I was 12 years old, as a junior counselor at a day camp. I went through the ranks of junior counselor, counselor, and then director of the same camp I went to as a child. I thank my parents for exposing me and my sister to a wide variety of life experiences. My parents wanted me to develop a good knowledge base so that I could discover for myself what I liked to do. Because of them, I’ve experienced all that I could, whether it was traveling, social exposure, moving, or random job/internships; if the opportunity presented itself, I did it! I graduated from college in 2001 with a BS in chemistry. I worked at various labs and pharmaceutical companies with a technical background in Analytical/Wet Chemistry. I obtained a temporary job as a middle school teacher, teaching at a magnet school in West Baltimore while I was waiting to get hired for my job with the Drug Enforcement Agency. I worked with the DEA for 5 years, analyzing and identifying illegal substances that were seized by local, state and federal law enforcement. I left the DEA to pursue life outside a cubicle.
I was hired by Mater Dei Catholic High School as a biology and chemistry teacher. At the same time, I got involved with coaching club volleyball. I worked at a volleyball club for two years and started coaching at Mater Dei while I was teaching. I started my own business coaching off-season volleyball and personal training, in addition to coaching boys volleyball at Mater Dei. For three years, I worked as a club director for my own club. Although I still own my club, the ups and downs of self-employment were difficult. I returned to teaching as a substitute teacher at St. Rita’s School, which led to my full-time position as 7th grade teacher.
Teaching was not my life plan; I was going to be a doctor, then get my Ph.D., until recently, when I discovered that I have the ability to teach, reach, mold, and make a difference in kids’ lives. I like teaching, and feel confident that I do it well. I like the immediate gratification of students or athletes performing well after I instruct them, and they understand what I’m teaching them. I like progression, not necessarily perfection, in kids. I would like to be that one instrument that exposes them to the good things, the realities of life (with some filters), and to make a difference for them. I want to show them that eventually hard work does pay off, the importance of having a strong work ethic, and of staying true to your word.