My Background

A wealth of experience

I have over 30 years experience working as a teacher, mentor/coach, workshop leader, meeting facilitator, consultant, and designer of professional development in public education and the non-profit world. Prior to starting my own consulting business, I worked for 10 years as a Senior Program Consultant for the nationally renowned New Teacher Center.

I bring a wealth of professional development experience, knowledge and practice in Cognitive Coaching, Adult Social and Emotional Learning, Resilience work, Mentoring for Equity, Culturally Responsive Mentoring and Teaching, Mentoring for English Learner Success, and Anti-Bias Education.

Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Lens

Culturally responsive practice integrates examining social identities and culture, tools from social emotional learning, anti-bias work, relationship building, and achieving rigorous standards for teachers and leaders. I will help you integrate a culturally responsive lens into the work you do.

As a white-identified woman leading and learning from this work, I can also help support other white people looking at the role of “whiteness” in cultivating anti-racist,culturally responsive practices, while supporting and learning from people of color in the organization.

Learning From Others, Working With Conflict as a Creative Force

I’m always learning from others, and working to improve my abilities to work effectively across differences. I seek out opportunities to learn about my blindspots, learn from my mistakes, and lead others to do the same. In my work as a meeting facilitator, I’m very interested in supporting groups to address conflict, and in pushing my own edges to work with conflict as a creative force.

Supporting Others to Grow Their Wisdom

I’m passionate about coaching, and continuing to build my skills at deep listening and reflective language in order to empower the person being coached to grow their own wisdom. I’m passionate about designing and leading professional development that is interactive and truly worth the time of the people that attend. I’m passionate about helping to address injustice and inequity whether it lives in systems, or in individual bias. I love the process of collaboration, and the creativity that can be found in working with people of diverse points of view and experience to create new ideas and practices. I’m curious and excited to see how professional development that formerly relied on in-person contact can now be re-imagined within the on-line world that is required of us now. Within the current crisis there are also new possibilities.

More About Me

I’m a writer and have been working to bring to the page my insights and experiences in Coaching for Equity that I hope will be of use to others. In my off time, you may also find me writing fiction and narrative non-fiction. I’m also an outdoor enthusiast and the proud mother of two grown children.

Partial Client List

Contra Costa County Office of Education

San Francisco Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District

Benicia Unified School District

Evergreen School District

Reach Institute for School Leadership

Berkeley Unified School District

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