What is your professional background?

I received both my B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Teaching from East Carolina University, and currently serve Craven County Schools as a district mentor and school improvement coordinator. As a School Reform Initiative (SRI) National Facilitator and Teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project, I'm committed to educational equity and excellence, by supporting transformational learning communities in schools.  I'm a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and recently co-authored the book, Rethinking Classroom Design: Create Student-Centered Learning Spaces for 6-12th Graders. 

What is your religious background? 

My brother and I were raised in a predominately secular household.  As a young adult, I studied in mosques, joined a Unitarian Universalist congregation, took refuge in Tibetan Buddhism, and later found my home in progressive Judaism.  I'm currently on the board of directors at Temple B'nai Sholem, which is a small Reform Jewish congregation in New Bern, North Carolina.  Although I'm fully-engaged in Jewish life, I have an equally strong humanistic worldview.  

What are your qualifications?

In 2013, I was endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant by the American Humanist Association.  As a Humanist Celebrant, I currently provide leadership, moral guidance, rites of passage, and life celebration services to other humanists on behalf of the Humanist Society. While many don’t prefer the ‘religious’ term due to the potential for inaccurate theistic or dogmatic associations, celebrants are religious leaders in every legal and practical sense.