I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a dual degree in Studio Art and Philosophy, and a concentration in Philosophy and Literature. I have a master’s degree in English from SUNY Buffalo. While in undergrad, I spent a semester at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England. After college and graduate school, I received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for summer study at Amherst College in 2003. I am a New York State-certified teacher of English grades 7-12 and received my National Board of Professional Teaching Standards credential in November 2008.
My teaching career began at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum where I taught a summer art history course to underprivileged students from South Bend. After graduate school, I wrote for a newspaper in Pennsylvania and worked as a copywriter for Book-of-the-Month Club. I returned to teaching in 2002. I taught English at The Browning School, a private, all-boys school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After getting married and moving from New York City to Baltimore, I taught English at The Key School, a private school in Annapolis. From 2007 to 2012, I taught English at Canisius High School in Buffalo.
I have guided students through the college admissions process since 2009, when my colleague Allison Newman and I created Admissions Advocates, an admissions consulting firm. Allison is now the Scholarship Director for Say Yes Buffalo, and Admissions Advocates has transformed into Stress Free College Admissions. I am an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and currently devote myself full-time to college applications and academic tutoring.