8th Grade Team
"My pronouns are they/them/theirs. I recently graduated from Hampshire College with an interdisciplinary degree in History and Labor Studies. Outside of teaching, I'm a children's storybook illustrator. The books I've illustrated are a grassroots collaborative between working-class parents, kids, and myself. We all recognized early in our lives that there aren't enough books depicting rank-and-file workers as protagonists in the fight for justice. I am constantly empowered by working families like my own as we collectively struggle for a better world.
I'm excited to teach 8th Grade ELA at Impact Prep. Plan on drawing at least one comic or mini-storybook when you're in my class!"
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 1991 and in 2001 obtained a certificate in Jewelry Making and Repair from the North Bennett Street School. I have been tutoring Math for more than 40 years and have been a teacher of art and math for 30 years. I also worked as a professional artist in photography, glass and metals. This will be my 11th year at Chestnut. I look forward to getting to know new students as well as seeing familiar faces.
I am new to IMPACT but not new to the Springfield School System.I am native of Springfield where she attended elementary and middle school. I graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Springfield College. Prior to joining the IMPACT, I was the first Latina to hold the position of Manager of the Anesthesiology Administration at Baystate Health. I changed careers and came to teaching instead of climbing the hospital administration ladder is because I have learned, education is one of the most important and malleable determinants of health. I am a performing artist who enjoys singing, musical theater, acting and Harry Potter.
“Hello everyone, I am excited to teach 8th Grade Social Studies once again! After graduating in 2011 with a degree in Social Studies Education I taught 8th grade U.S History for three years, then spent three years teaching AP US History and Black History on the High School level out in Oklahoma City. Before making my return to teaching I got a MA in History (University of Central Oklahoma 2017) and MA in Afro-American Studies (UMass Amherst, 2021). When I’m not teaching, I’m reading comic books or working on my dissertation which explores how Black writers and artists critiqued the concept of the human by using the figure of the Black child. I’m excited to be back doing what I know best: pushing students to ask important questions as they make sense of the world around them. Should you have any questions I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org”