Head of School
I am a native New Englander who grew up on the Massachusetts North Shore. Looking for a change as newlyweds, my husband and I left the Northeast and headed south to raise our two children (now ages 15 and 18) in Charlotte, North Carolina where we lived for 16 years. Ready to come home, we returned to southern New Hampshire in 2016.
I have a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Saint Michael’s College, an M.Ed in Teacher Leadership from the University of New Hampshire, and I am in the final stage of my doctoral work at Northeastern University examining student stories of metacognition, autonomy, and critical thinking in high school classrooms.
My career started as a classroom teacher in Rochester, New Hampshire where I was brought on to institute a two-person team model and develop a new curriculum that integrated middle school language arts and geography. I had the opportunity to be a teacher fellow with National Geographic during this time and worked writing curriculum in Washington D.C. that was published for the Five Themes of Geography. This experience sparked my interest in curriculum design. I went on to work within several other schools pioneering the two-person team approach in the 1990’s. After my children were born, I made the decision to do freelance curriculum work and this led me design curriculum for the Weather Channel’s Storm Stories series and I traveled to Boys and Girls clubs around the United States bringing the curriculum to life with children of all ages. Ready to have a more consistent schedule for me and my family, I took a position with Carson-Dellosa Publishing where I stayed until 2014. During my time at Carson-Dellosa, I led a team to co-write and design a standards-based, integrated comprehensive curriculum, designed an innovative student-centered curriculum that was marketed and adopted by state curriculum boards across the United States, and oversaw professional development and government relations initiatives. Most recently, I have worked for the University of New Hampshire as part of the RENEW program which is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. All of these experiences have supporting a strong core belief in the critical role of children’s learning as a trajectory built though meaningful experiences and individual paths of understanding.
I am very excited to be part of the Kreiva team and look forward to supporting the learning journey’s taking place here. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions regarding the Kreiva Academy curriculum and your student’s individual needs and goals.