My Journey

My Journey

Before deciding to become a public school teacher, I was a newspaper reporter and editor. I worked as news and features writer and a community and online editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix for more than three decades. I won awards, traveled, met fascinating people and, at times, helped readers solve problems or better understand our complicated world. The work was fun, challenging and satisfying.

Then, in 2012, I saw people working in a career I suspected I might enjoy even more than journalism.  I was assigned to cover the Common Core standards debate and new brain-science based teaching methods that go along with them.  As I sat in on classes and watched the way 21st Century teachers work, I was mesmerized.

Teaching became something I wanted try myself.

I took a buyout from the newspaper in November 2015 and begin a 30-month journey to the classroom. I built on  BA and MA degrees I held in Spanish from Ohio State University and Arizona State University and became a certified secondary education Spanish teacher by May 2018.  I enrolled in Rio Salado College’s teacher training program and trained as a teaching intern in the Kyrene and Tempe Elementary school districts from 2016 to 2018.

I wrote this blog, The Classroom Scoop, to share my experiences as a new teacher, and to what I learn about education science, theory and policy along the way.

I finished my program and obtained my certificate in 2016. I continue to write independently about education and teach full time in a Tempe, Ariz. middle school. If you would like to get in touch, please contact me at