Biography

Biography

I write fiction and non-fiction. My work has appeared in magazines including Highlights for Children, Muse, Odyssey, and Faces. I’ve also written for educational publishers from the PK-2 market all the way up to high level middle school readers. I was the 2016-2017 Fellow for Pen Parentis and a Promising Writer for Pennsylvania: West in 2015.

I’ve authored three books for the Heinemann Literacy Project (Fountas & Pinnell Classroom) for high level middle school readers. (Mind Game, Dangerous Crossing, The Spark and Blade)

My fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in magazines including Highlights for Children, Muse, Odyssey, and Faces.

I am the assistant regional advisor for SCBWI Pennsylvania: Western, and still a Highlights for Children reader. 

I live in Pittsburgh, PA, with my family. I’m a runner and a reader and I love learning about and trying new things, whether it’s a new dessert, a new hiking path, a new museum, new facts, or a new country!

Work Experience

  • Educator, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Curriculum and content development for classroom and assemblies, grades K-12.
  • Writer and Performer, Farm to Table, Pittsburgh, PA. Developed and performed healthy eating assembly & workshops for area schools for grades K-8.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA. Communications and Diversity instructor.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, History Department, University of Maryland
  • Docent, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.
  • Editor, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
  • Social Media Coordinator, Pittsburgh 3R Marathon.
  • Editor, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race blog.

Education

  • Master of Arts, American History, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Women’s Studies Certificate, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Salisbury University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Salisbury University
  • Minor, Chemistry, Salisbury University