As the newest crew member and Co-director at NGLC, I lead efforts to ensure excellence in program delivery, tools development, internal flow, and organizational learning and serve as the NGL “practice ambassador.” I also work on transformational design and infusing DEI/social justice into what we do on a daily basis.
Prior to joining NGLC in July of 2021, I served as the founding principal at the International High School at Langley Park (IHSLP) in Bladensburg, Maryland. It is an innovative community school that serves English language learners (ELLs) through a competency-based approach. The school earned high National and metro-area rankings in the 2021 Best High Schools. Prior to founding and launching IHSLP, I was a teacher and an assistant principal at high schools in the Bronx and served as a director of college counseling at College Bound Initiative. A Pahara Fellow, I have spoken about my work at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and University of Maryland.
I am a recipient of the NYC Teaching Fellowship and the Posse Foundation leadership scholarship of over $100,000. I hold an M.A. from CUNY at Lehman College and an M.A. from New York University. I also hold a doctorate from the University of Maryland - College Park where my research focused on culturally responsive mathematics and ELA classrooms in the context of instruction for ELLs. I recently co-authored a paper for the Rutgers University Reparative Justice, Racial Restoration, and Education Editorial Series titled “Unearthing Hidden Gems in an American Public High School: A Three-Pronged Approach to Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students Through an Equity Lens,” which will be released in August of 2021.