B.A. English
Wittenberg University

M.F.A. Dance
Smith College

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
University of Illinois at Chicago

Hello Jahn community! I am so happy to join you this year as dance teacher! This is my 10th year as a CPS arts teacher. Currently I am also serving our district as an Arts Instruction Specialist for the CPS Office of Arts Education.

I have worked as an arts educator in Chicago for over 20 years. My teaching experiences extend from dance studios to arts organizations to the K-12 classroom. I came to this wonderful city to perform with a modern dance company and work as a choreographer. I was fortunate to find work as a teaching artist along the way. Over the years, I have enjoyed working as a performer, choreographer, director, and writer.

I am very proud to have worked for several years in the education and youth programs at Hubbard Street Dance, where I helped to develop and teach the Autism Project.

I love learning new things! In 2017, I received a Fund For Teachers Fellowship which allowed me to travel to New York and study at the Dance Education Laboratory. this exciting adventure has greatly informed my teaching and I cannot wait to share my ideas and experiences with you!

In my free time, I love to take dance and yoga classes, read books, and ride divvy bikes. I live in beautiful Albany Park with my husband, son, and daughter.

Dance at Jahn

My goal is to create a joyful and engaging dance experience for all of the students at Jahn. Our curriculum will emphasize the development of dancers and choreographers through creative processes. We will explore improvisation, choreography, history, and dance technique. Very young dancers will play, create, and explore the elements of Body, Energy, Space and Time. As dance students grow, we will continue to create as well as develop skills in the areas of basic technique, grounded in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, and modern dance styles. Middle school students will continue to develop their technical skill as they explore the connections between dance and social studies, and other art forms. Middle school dancers will have the opportunity to develop their own creative voices through choreography.