- Mother and Wife to an awesome, multi-cultural, multi-national family
- Assistant Superintendent for Learning – International Schools Group
- NESA PDAC Committee
- COETAIL Coach
- ISTE DSN Executive Committee Member
I believe in innovation in education and am excited to be exploring innovation and breaking down existing barriers and changing paradigms. Educational technology is the tool by which we can transform education and through this blog, I hope to confront existing truths and present an alternate reality.
I began my education journey in Phoenix, Arizona teaching inner city special needs students. Having grown up in Sweden, my goal was always international teaching, so while I loved my position stateside, I decided to set out into the world of international education.
Now in my 17th year of teaching, I have been overseas for 14 years. I spent five years at a lovely small school in Taiwan – AST – teaching English and ESL in middle and high school. It was a great school to expand my teaching repertoire and become involved in many things from scheduling to PD to community building.
In 2005 I moved to the American School of Kuwait, where I have worked ever since. From the moment I stepped onto our campus, I have felt I was home. Our students are fantastic, inquisitive and charming individuals and I am blessed to be able to spend my days with them.
In my career, I have taught middle and high school English at all grades, creative writing, AP Literature and Composition and served as English Department Chair. In the States, I taught high school special education and worked with students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional Needs. In this role, I taught Algebra I, English, Reading, Health, World History and General Science. I have served as ESL Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator and EARCOS Rep. I have led district-wide textbook adoptions and worked as a representative for interest-based negotiations. In all my roles, my motivation and passion is learning. I want the experiences because they deepen my understanding and engage me with education, my main passion in this life.
After 10 years of teaching, I needed to try something new. Having gotten my masters in Educational Leadership and my Principal Certificate, I took on the position of High School Assistant Principal. I love the classroom and I am in love with the principalship.
As Principal, I have been very involved in creating teacher learning communities through incorporating common planning time (CPT) into the master schedule. As an admin team, we work closely with teachers in these teams sharing ideas and supporting learning. My current goals include expanding teacher leadership capacity and strengthening school culture with increased learning options for students and teachers. Technology is the key to reaching this goal.
I am also a poet and am working on a second masters, an MFA in poetry. Currently, I write poetry and creative nonfiction with an emphasis on unlocking perception and seeing truth from all perspectives.
Master of Fine Arts – Poetry 2014
COETAIL Technology Certificate 2013
Master of Education – Educational Leadership 2000
Bachelor of Education 1997
Bachelor of Science – Psychology 1997
Secondary English 7-12
English as a Second Language K-12
Special Education (LD, MR, ED) K-12
As a mother and a person…
I’m a true TCK and have never felt more at home than when in the world, not being at “home.” My mom is American, my dad Malaysian (by nationality and Sri Lankan by ethnicity). My two daughters are American and British, though they both believe they are from Kuwait, our home and their birthplace. At 5, Mia is a talented, inquisitive and thoughtful girl. Madison, at 2, is humorous and fun-loving. Becoming a mother has been the most insightful, meaningful, rewarding and challenging experience of my life. It has transformed my view on perception even further and made me a much more compassionate human. It has also taught me that perfection is a far-reaching dream and that part of the joy in each day is learning from our mistakes.