Teaching and Mentoring

A longtime educator with experience teaching both children and adults, I am committed to engaging my students by making content relevant and relatable. My Teachers College graduate students got important real-world experience when they designed and presented community-based nutrition education programs during Strategies for Nutrition Education and Behavior Change. To provide them a successful, supported experience, I coached them by modeling, and providing guided practice and individual feedback. I also built and maintained relationships with community organizations.

As a mentor, I have worked with a number of graduate and undergraduate students. During the past two years, I trained three dietetic interns, one undergraduate, and six master’s students in applied research. Several of these students have published papers and presented at national conferences.

Malaysia Nutrition Education Evaluation Workshop
Teaching at a childhood obesity prevention intervention workshop in Khota Bahru, Kelantan, Malaysia, Summer 2016

 

TEACHING AREAS

  • Nutrition Education and Behavior Change
  • Research Methods
  • Determinants of Health/Health Behavior
  • Program Planning and Evaluation

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teachers College Columbia University

  • Instructor, Strategies for Nutrition Education and Behavior Change (Fall 2014, 2 sections). Average course evaluation = 9.6/10
  • Teaching Assistant, Food, Nutrition & Behavior (Spring 2014, 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant, Strategies for Nutrition Education and Behavior Change (Fall 2013, 2012)

K-12 Education

  • Lead Instructor, Food, Health & Choices, NYC public schools (2013-2014)
  • Instructor, Food, Health & Choices, NYC public schools (2012-2013)
  • Curriculum & Professional Development Coordinator, Harbor Country Day School, St. James, NY (2008-2010)
  • Seventh Grade English, Eighth Grade English, and Fifth Grade Humanities, Harbor Country Day School (2008-2010)
  • Third Grade, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ (2004-2008)

New York City and New York State

  • Facilitator, Nutrition Curriculum DESIGN for Teachers, Bronx Health Reach, New York, NY (2015-2017)
  • Facilitator, Turning Teachers into Healthy Eating and Activity Champions
    in their Classrooms and Schools through Professional Development, New York State Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Initiative (2016)

Adult/Special Education

  • Nutrition Facilitator for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, JESPY House, South Orange, NJ (2010-2012)

The College of William & Mary School of Education

  • Teaching Assistant, Foundations of Education (Summer 2004)