About Me


I teach math to middle and high school students, and am in my second year teaching Theory of Knowledge in Grades 11 and 12.  I have also taught art to students at the college level and in adult and community education.  I am currently teaching at an International School in Nicosia, Cyprus.  I am interested in collaboration, which helps and pushes student thinking, which improves kids relationships with math, and which helps to make connections between math and other content areas like art.  I love algebra especially.  This blog is, in part intended to nurture this collaboration, and help me to connect with other caring educators.

Schools at which I’ve taught:

American International School in Cyprus; Nicosia, Cyprus

  • K-12 Independent International School.  I am the head of the math department, which includes the I.B. Math diploma program.  I currently teach Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 to Grade 8 and 10 students, and Theory of Knowledge to Grades 11 and 12.  I have also led a Grade 7-8 Advisory group, and acted as the school’s Technology Coach.

Casco Bay High School; Portland, Maine

  • 9-12 Public High School, based on principles of Expeditionary Learning.  I am especially proud of my work with this excellent school.  I taught integrated math to students in grades 9-12, and was a Grade 11 Crew Leader.

Breakwater School; Portland, Maine

  • Pre-K-Grade 8 Progressive Independent School. I was a Grade 6-8 Middle School Classroom Educator.

Maine College of Art; Portland, Maine

  • Private Art College.  I taught design, sculpture and drawing here.

Southern Maine Community College; South Portland, Maine

  • Public Community College.  I taught sculpture and design here.

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