A native of Bucks County, PA, I have lived in the midwest since leaving home for college. I fell in love with the discipline of comparative literature my first semester at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (loved it so much that I completed my B.A, M.A and Ph.D in the program there). At some point along the way, I discovered Nietzsche, then Kafka, then existentialism as a whole (not necessarily in that order)... and things never looked the same to me again.
Since 1999, I have taught courses in literature and religious studies at DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN, where I have crossed paths with so many extraordinary students. These students, and my passion for innovative teaching strategies and public education, inspired me to found and direct The Castle, a nonprofit organization that partners with local public schools to build a culture of high-impact, high-energy, relevant and authentic learning. It’s all about giving kids the space to learn for themselves what their learning is for.