Before and while earning a B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts from Brown University, I served in many roles with various theatrical organizations. My focus was acting, writing, and directing – all of which are skills that I have brought with me to the NYSoP.
I work in childcare because imagination is something that is very strong during youth, and can remain strong throughout the aging process as long as it has a solid foundation. During my childhood, I had counselors, teachers, and mentors who encouraged the growth of my imagination. Especially in this modern world where kids have access to all kinds of artificial entertainment, I enjoy helping them embrace and cultivate their imaginations in a fun and healthy manner.
The most inspiring part of working at the NYSoP is the community. We all have each other’s backs. We teach “The Social Contract,” which is something we wouldn’t be able to do effectively if we didn’t practice those values ourselves.
In my free time, I like to play D&D – both as a player and DM. I also compose music, both songs, and orchestral scores. I’m currently working on a musical. I also like to bake – my favorites to make are custard tarts and cinnamon rolls.
The value that drives me most is empathy. I strive to listen to others and put myself in another person’s position before I make decisions or judgments. Apart from that, imagination. Human creativity is something unmatched by anything else in the world, and it would be a waste not to use it at every opportunity.
Improvisation. Throughout my career in theatre, I’ve learned how to improvise well, especially in stressful situations. So whether that means coming up with a new game to play, making up a storyline to follow, or figuring out what to say to help a kid jump a metaphorical hurdle, my improvisational skills never lie dormant in this job.
D&D, Fantasy Frontier, Board Games
- D&D Class – Druids because of their versatility. I love finding creative solutions to difficult problems, and the Druid class has so many cool features and abilities that I am never at a loss for creative solutions.
- Pokémon – Bulbasaur. It’s adorable.
- Quote – “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi