I have pursued many professional directions, including a lengthy tech career during an era when few women held roles similar to mine. My passion to participate in Chicago's public schools sprung from my son's inspiring teachers after he entered Kindergarten in 1995 through his high school graduation in 2008. My involvement include: parent volunteer, high school teacher, new teacher mentor and researcher, and community representative for my neighborhood elementary school Local School Council.
I have always been a reader, but found my voice as a writer in pursuit of my 2010 PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Education. My narrative dissertation is entitled "Meek, but Not Weak!": A Resilient Black Female Mathematics Teacher Composes a Purposeful Life. In the last five years I have felt compelled to study the craft of writing to pen my first novel, "The Measure of a Teacher" taking place during the 2001-2002 school year, a transitional time in the national educational landscape.