Educator specializing in reading and writing, with experience teaching both children and adults; expertise in urban adolescent education. Pushcart Prize-winning personal essay writer, best-selling author of young adult novels. Exceptional writing, editing, technology and communication skills. Creative, strategic thinker, with organized follow-through.

Professional Experience


2006-present: The School at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

2014-present: Leaf and Pen, New York, N.Y.

2001-2006: The Computer School (M.S. 245), New York, N.Y.

1989-1993: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York, N.Y.


Editing and Publishing

1999-2000: Vice President, Content/Editorial Director,, New York, N.Y.

1995-1996: Editor in Chief, Her Online and Her Interactive, New York, N.Y and Albuquerque, N.M.

1984-1995 and 1997-1999: Freelance writer/editor/producer

1981-1984: Editor, Books for Young Reader, Cloverdale Press, New York, N.Y.

1980-1981: Scout and Foreign Rights Assistant, Writers House Literary Agency, New York, N.Y.


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

            In progress: EdM in English and The Teaching of English


Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2003: Master of Science in Education: Integrated Studies


Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

1980: Bachelor of Arts: Comparative Literature


Additional Experience and Skills

Conference Presenter

National Council of Teachers of English, annual convention, 2009

Institutes on Academic Diversity, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2008

Conferences and Professional Development Attended

NAIS People of Color Conference, 2014

National Council of Teachers of English, annual convention, 2010-2014

Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts, summer session 2001

Educational Technology

Google Glass Explorer, 2013

Chosen by Google as early adopter and experimenter for its wearable technology. Explored and blogged about educational uses for the device.

Organization Memberships

National Council of Teachers of English; Association of Writers and Writing Programs; International Literacy Association


English, Spanish, French

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