English Teacher / Program Staff
As a 9-year-old, I remember sprawling on the lawn at A/U Ranches with my journal, writing. I’d muse about birds, mountains quivering on the lake, clouds slowly turning pink, and horses I had ridden that day. Now, I’m thrilled to be back in Buena Vista with that same spirit, sharing my love for words and for these mountains with students every day.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon; Brookings, South Dakota; and Sherborn, Massachusetts. Everywhere I went, I was riding horses, kicking soccer balls, writing, and playing piano. For college, I headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I studied English at Harvard University. When I wasn’t discussing literature or writing poetry, I was riding, tack-cleaning, and stall-mucking at the Harvard Polo barn. With the Harvard Polo Team, I traveled around the world, competing against teams in Argentina, England, France, and China.
After graduation, I moved to New York City and began a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University with a focus on poetry. For two years, I wrote, edited, and rewrote poems while commuting to my job at a small marketing studio downtown.
When 2020 came around, I moved to Buena Vista, where my mom has lived for the past eight years. I worked with kindergarteners in the Leadville school district for three months, and then became the English teacher at Chaffee County High School, another fabulous alternative high school in town.
I love teaching, and all the opportunities that come from reading and writing as a community. Most of all, I love seeing students develop their own imaginings and identities in this beautiful mountain setting.