I had my first teatime in 1997 in Anaheim, California when my mom, Julie, read aloud Midsummer Night's Dream from the Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories. I ate lemon yogurt and thought Hermia was the most beautiful name I had ever heard. My love for words and narratives continued at the Ohio State University, where I earned my BA in Comparative Cultural Studies and French.
I have been working for Brave Writer for six years as a Book and Movie Club facilitator. At the same time, I have taught English in France at a junior high, done art therapy at a foster care agency in the Bronx, and been a counselor for at-risk youth in Brooklyn.
Five years ago I left the States and moved my Brave Writer office to cafes around the world, from Colombia to Malaysia. Some of my favorite memories are teaching the Miyazaki Movie Club while in Japan, listening to audiobooks on the backs of mopeds, and witnessing my students awaken to the power of stories.