In my research, I have come to see the fundamental role educational policy and practice play in the immigrant experience. I am committed to helping schools create meaningful, equitable educational opportunities for immigrant youth and their families. My work focuses on leadership in the context of immigration, drawing on multiple methods of empirical research to develop an understanding of how schools adapt to support an influx of language learners. Recent work also focuses on instructional leadership in the context of reform, with an emphasis on subject-specific supervision as a lever of reform.
A former middle school teacher, I began my career in education at Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain. Since then, I have taught in charter schools and a bilingual school in Central America. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school leadership from the Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, where I worked on the Distributed Leadership Study. My current research includes a study of family engagement in partnership with the Watertown Public Schools, as well as the study of Instructional Leadership for Science Practices (sciencepracticesleadership.com).