Teaching

My teaching experience is extensive. Since 2007, I have taught English and Spanish in the Toronto District School Board at the secondary level in Scarborough. I have also taught online, as an e-learning teacher, and served as a guidance counselor before taking a leave of absence for graduate school. Most recently, I taught English full-time at Earl Haig Secondary School, including remote instruction for Grades 9, 10, and 11 during 2020 school closures.

My work in the TDSB directly informed my dissertation research, the questions for which emerged from my teaching. Titled The Sky’s the Limit: On the Impossible Promise of E-Learning in the Toronto District School Board, my ethnographic study considers schooling as a formative process of identity formation and education as process of social and cultural reproduction, within which students bear the impact of inequity. My research examines how online learning – or e-learning – is spatially reorganizing and marketizing public education in secondary schools in Toronto, Ontario. Using ethnographic methods, I trace the effect of this turn on students, who internalize the depoliticized neoliberal logics of efficiency and flexibility.

I have also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto. In 2017, I was a Course Instructor for a seminar that I developed from theories animating my research, GGRD12: Special Topics: Place, Identity, and the Politics of Belonging. My teaching and research are guided by geographic questions that consider the relationship of place as it is configured socially and politically with identity and culture. I adopt pedagogy that builds collective consciousness toward social justice, community service, and democratic participation. More recently (2019) I independently designed and instructed WGS 372: Women and Psychology/Psychoanalysis. In 2018, I lectured for CITB02: Foundations of City Studies, an interdisciplinary mandatory gateway course to the City Studies Program, for which I managed four Teaching Assistants and lectured a large group of students. I have also served as a Teaching Assistant for GGRB28: Geographies of Disease. In recognition of my success, I have been nominated for consecutive teaching awards by my respective supervisors.