I am a PhD Candidate at Penn State University in the Science Education department, working on the Science 20/20 Project under Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul and am co-advised by Dr. Uju Anya.
I am interested in understanding what interactions and experiences expand how white, monolingual teachers and researchers consider students and families of color. I am specifically interested in how equitable science sensemaking practices in elementary classrooms and long-term engagement with new immigrant families can surface deficit perspectives of white, monolingual English-speaking teachers and researchers, and how mutual interrogation of deficit perspectives can lead to more expansive teaching and engagement.
My interests in science education began during my junior year as an English Literature major at Northeastern University. After falling in love with geology through a field experience in Iceland, I subsequently minored in environmental science and went on to earn a master's degree in science education from the University of Texas at Austin. I went on to teach 6th-8th grade science at O.Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas for 6 years. I subsequently taught 9th grade Earth Science at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS) in Brooklyn, New York for two years. Following the birth of my daughter, I became a STEM coach at BPCS for a year, and then moved to State College, Pennsylvania, where I worked as an educational equity consultant for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as a consultant and curriculum projects manager and continued coaching science teachers. I now live in State College with my husband, daughter, and son, pursuing a PhD in Science Education.