If you've made it this far, you already know a few things about me: I like to write, read, and teach. I've written a book about women in the Cold War military. I like Doctor Who. There's plenty more to tell, but I think that gives us everything we need to start a good conversation.
By day, I get to explore history with my amazing students. Since 2011, I've taught high school history at an independent school in the St. Louis area. I've learned that I discover something new every time I teach a topic. I love getting to make new discoveries about the past, and being a teacher means I spend a lot of time thinking about how we study history and make it accessible to others.
In graduate school, I studied US and women's history with a side of world history. These days, I mostly teach US and world history, and know a surprising amount of modern African and modern Asian history for an Americanist. (Did I mention I love history?)
When I'm not teaching or lesson planning - a creative process all its own - I read a lot of books, write, and spend time with my son and husband. I love binge watching a good show (or re-watching Doctor Who), and recently caved to the Marvel Cinematic Universe experience (WandaVision > Falcon and the Winter Soldier any day). I root for AFC Richmond. My favorite authors include Neil Gaiman and Deborah Harkness, but I'll also never give up my love of all the American Girl books from my childhood, Ray Bradbury's works, and a good Agatha Christie mystery.
I dream about traveling again when the world is not in a pandemic: I've been fortunate to see most of the U.S. and take trips to wonderful places like Taiwan, South Africa, and the U.K.