Thank you, Mrs. Walcott, Miss Hayes, Mrs. Brunzel, Miss Wesson, and Mr. Cronin for warmth and confidence laced with healthy fear. 


1980     Bryn Mawr College: A.B. in Anthropology
1985     Universita' Italiana Per Stranieri: Italian Language and Culture
1994     Istituto di Dante Alighieri: Italian Language and Culture


1997     “Critical Equations” in Teaching Tolerance Magazine
1999     Book Straddling the Borders: The Year I Grew Up in Italy
2002     Book The Wisdom of Angels: Unearthing My Italian Roots
2002     “A Daughter of Italy” at the Dante Alighieri Annual Dinner Dance
2003     “A Lilac in Winter”
2007     “A Tribute to Our Fathers” in Army Engineer Magazine
2009     “The Hands of Our Fathers” in Army Engineer Magazine


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PRIVATE TUTOR 1997 – 2019

Areas of Expertise
·    standardized test preparation: ACT, SAT, SSAT
·    mathematics support: Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, AB Calculus
·    English support: writing, research, grammar
·    college process: common application, other applications, writing support
·    study skills, organizational skills, restoration of balance, stress reduction

THE RIVERS SCHOOL 1989-1997    

Director of Diversity, Head of Middle School, math teacher, and basketball coach

·    led transition from all-male to coeducational middle school
·    increased diversity of population and enrollment by 82% over five years
·    developed a cross-disciplinary Holocaust unit
·    was awarded the Anti-defamation League: Golden Teacher Award (1995)
·    was twice elected by peers as faculty leader of the Head of School Search Committees
·    was twice elected by peers as faculty leader of the Interim Head of School Search Committees
·    led or served on committees that wrote the following school’s documents
     mission statement and core values
     student/parent handbook and directory
     faculty evaluation process
     mentor/mentee program
     channels of communication
·    served on the following boards and committees
     Board of Trustees (ex-officio)
     NEAS&C Accreditation Executive Team
     Strategic Planning/Drafting Committees
     Head of School Evaluation Team
     Facilities Committee

math teacher, grade level dean, and admissions officer

PURNELL SCHOOL 1980-1985         
math and anthropology teacher, varsity field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse coach, Director of Athletics, Co-director of College Counseling, Director of Community Service, and international trip leader