I grew up speaking Spanish and hearing Chinese. It's made my life more complicated and more fun. Once I realized how many worlds I had access to through two languages, I began writing. Once I began writing, I realized that kids must have just as much to say.
For children as much as college-bound teens, I believe that exploring the ways in which both written and visual stories can validate and celebrate our subjective experiences is pivotal for healthy development. The creative arts help us think critically and solve problems, and exercise our individuality and personality. Translation celebrates fluency of languages and cultural exchange, and requires children to consider the constraints and liberties not only implicit in our language, but also in our imagination and storytelling. I bring my love of translation and storytelling to families affected by autism, recent refugees, and kids of all kinds in my work as a teaching artist.
Brooklyn Prospect Middle School 6th Grade ELA Teacher (Brooklyn, NY)
School of the New York Times Course Leader (New York, NY)
Teachers & Writers Collaborative Teaching Artist (Queens, NY)
Children's Museum of the Arts Teaching Artist (New York, NY)
Columbia University Teaching Fellow (New York, NY)
Brooklyn Friends School After-school Teacher (Brooklyn, NY)
Curious Jane Art teacher (Brooklyn, NY)
Brooklyn High School of the Arts Columbia Artist as Teacher (Brooklyn, NY)
Sycamore Elementary Writing Workshop Teacher (Claremont, CA)