WRITING                                                                                                                   

Book Author (2007-present)

Author of more than 100 nonfiction and fiction children’s books for brands including Disney, Sesame Street, Time for Kids, and the Smithsonian, and publishers including Scholastic, Lerner Publishing Group, Lucent Books, Teacher Created Materials, and Capstone Press.

 

Freelance Writer (2007-present)

Produce content including articles, scripts, and web copy for magazines including National Geographic Kids, Discovery Girls, and Bridal Guide, and organizations including NASA and the Arthritis Foundation.

 

Book Awards

 

2018                Locked Up for Freedom (Lerner Publishing Group, 2018)

                         Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 

                         Junior Library Guild Selection

                         Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College

                                Best Children's Book of the Year

                         NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies

                         Trade Book for Young People

                         New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

                         Jefferson Cup Award

                         Cybils (finalist)

 

2014                Freedom Riders: A Primary Source Exploration of the   

                         Struggle for Racial Justice (Capstone Press, 2014)

                         Eureka! Honor Award

                        

                         Girls Rebel: Amazing Tales of Women Who Broke the Mold                                 (Capstone Press, 2013)

                         Kansas NEA Reading Circle

                         

2013                Girls Rebel: Amazing Tales of Women Who Broke the Mold                                 (Capstone Press, 2013)

                         Eureka! Gold Award

 

2011                Make Good Choices: Your Guide to Making Healthy             

                         Decisions (Capstone Press, 2012)

                         Junior Library Guild Selection

                         Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

                         2011 Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction Title

TRAINING

 

Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs, NY

Adult Acting Intensive with Paul Sigrist

 

Improv Boston, Boston

Musical Improv Bootcamp with Mike Descoteaux

 

The Arts Center, Troy, NY

Playwriting course with actress/playwright Jackie Roberts.

 

The Mop & Bucket Company, Schenectady, NY

Improv classes in scenework, narrative, character, environment, and song.

 

eba Center for Dance and Fitness, Albany, NY

Dance class: modern.

 

SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY

Dance classes: modern, jazz, ballet.

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Caught in Limbo

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Department of Health

PERFORMANCE

 

Improviser, The Mop & Bucket Company (2018-present)

Member of The Mopco Improv Theatre mainstage company, performing long-form, short-form, musical, and non-musical improv.

 

Party Guest, Caught in Limbo (2018)

Support character speaking role in TV pilot.

 

Lead, NYS Department of Health Public Service Announcement (2018)

40ish mom, off-camera speaking role.

 

Lead, MVP In-House Commercial (2018)

30ish mom, on-camera speaking role.

 

Improviser, Down the Rabbit Hole, Schenectady, NY (2017-present)

Member of The Mopco Improv Theatre house team. Perform long-form, short-form, musical, and nonmusical improv.

 

Singer/Songwriter (2017-present)

Write and perform for area children and adults, including singalongs and other interactive program features.

 

School Performer and Workshop Instructor, The Mop & Bucket Company, Schenectady, NY (2016-present)

Demonstrate and teach short-form games and musical improv.

Shows/workshops at Proctors Underground Theatre, Schenectady; Mohonasen High School, Schenectady; Stevens Elementary School, Burnt Hills; Tamarac Middle School, Troy; Brighter Choice Elementary School, Albany.