My family loves Milton. Like many of our neighbors, my husband James and I chose to move here for our town’s schools, diversity, and rich community life. After getting settled in Milton, I was elected to Town Meeting in 2019 (Precinct 3), driven to serve by a desire to better understand how our town operates and how our school system’s budget and operations fit into the town context. I am an active parent volunteer at Tucker School, where our older daughter, Annie, is in first grade and our younger daughter, Julia, will start preschool next year.
I earned a doctorate in education policy and administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013, where I developed expertise on collaborative bargaining in education, working with unions, and teacher voice in education policy. I now serve as Program Director for a nationally leading education nonprofit called Facing History and Ourselves, where I lead over 4,000 educators throughout New England to advance social justice through education.
Through over 15 years of experience tackling complex educational challenges, I have gained practical skills for leading systemic, equity-driven change. I began as a high school English teacher in Bronx, NY and Boston Public Schools, where I proudly helped lead the Josiah Quincy Upper School to become Boston’s first public International Baccalaureate school, and also co-founded an action network for teachers to share ideas with and learn from local policymakers and scholars.
I brought my passion for teacher leadership to Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program, leading the creation of a regional STEM high school as a new model of public-private partnership. Between graduate school and moving to Milton, I also had the opportunity to launch and direct a new interdisciplinary program training undergraduate students at Yale University in education policy, practice and research. In that role, I developed community partnerships, worked across sectors, and innovated in the context of strong traditions - all things I hope to do as a member of Milton’s School Committee. Through various roles, I have managed budgets and built coalitions. I am a mission-driven problem-solver who collaborates and delivers results.
I have always loved doing what I can to make the world a better place, and I am eager to bring my skills, experience, and passion for educational excellence to the Milton School Committee, if given the chance. In my downtime, I enjoy tending to my garden, chasing my kids along the Neponset River Trail, and walking our dog Roz around Turner’s Pond or through the Blue Hills. My last big endeavor pre-COVID was running the 2019 New York Marathon to raise over $7,000 for Joslin Diabetes Center, where I get my care as a Type 1 Diabetic.