JHU Master’s Portfolio

Portfolio Sections

About My Classroom

Teaching Philosophy

Teacher Growth

Student Growth

About Me

(As of August 2019. Please note this means my portfolio will utilize my maiden name throughout.)


Welcome to my portfolio! I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. I am in my second year of teaching at Kelly Miller Middle School in Northeast Washington, DC. I grew up primarily in Aurora, Colorado, but bounced around prior to then from Springfield, Missouri, Portland, Oregon, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in economics and statistics with honors. As such, I strive to provide my scholars a well-rounded education experience, where they are challenged by new concepts and ideas. I teach seventh grade math, and last year I taught both sixth grade and eighth grade math. I loved looping with my sixth grade scholars this year into the seventh grade, and am similarly thankful that I know precisely what they need to know to be successful in the eighth grade!

Prior to teaching, I did an extensive amount of social science research. I did everything from economic research into the benefits of education to sociological research into the culture of neighborhoods. The compelling question always remained in the back of my mind: how can everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, be prepared to become whoever they want to be? How can socioeconomic mobility be reality? How can everyone become a truly critical thinker in a world that increasingly values social conformity above all else?

I bring these values into the classroom and encourage my students to be their own intellectual force in this world. My portfolio highlights a few instances in which I implement this practice into the classroom.

Continue to About My Classroom