Drama Teacher and Director of Theater Programs
Why are you an educator? Why do you love teaching?
I love sharing my love of the theater and all aspects of the arts with teenagers. Young people are so impressionable and imaginative as it is, and drama allows them to explore current issues in a safe and fun environment. Drama helps kids find true and unique voices and gives them courage and confidence to speak up as individuals. Watching a student open up after a semester of drama class, or come to life on stage in a play, is exhilarating. I love being able to teach and encourage creativity, empathy, and passion for the arts.
What makes the School of the Future experience different from others you’ve had?
SOF students are so diverse and unique in their own ways. It’s wonderful to see different kids from all over the city, and even the world, collaborate in a school environment. SOF is a school that celebrates being an individual. There are no cliques or outcasts, which is very rare in a high school. Students are encouraged to speak their minds and stay true to who they are.
What other activities/programs (at SOF or outside of the school) are you involved with?
I direct two plays each year—a fall drama/comedy and a spring musical that are audition-based. I also collaborate with the art and music teachers to put together a Winter Arts Showcase every January that highlights the work we have done in our classes, and an arts festival, SoulFest, in June that combines singing, acting, dancing, and a lot of soul food!
What is your advice to aspiring teachers?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from colleagues. Make them your friends. They are smart and successful and are usually willing to help.
Why do you like working at SOF?
The community at SOF is young, artistic, charismatic, and full of life. The teachers and students all seem to have a specific energy that I have not seen in other schools. The staff truly supports each other and does whatever they can to help young people succeed. I also really appreciate being able to incorporate my drama curriculum with other subjects and being able to collaborate with teachers to enhance the relevance of the arts in our school.