Where are you from and where do you live now
I’m from Oregon, but I live in Brooklyn now.
What’s your favorite game besides chess?
I really like Dungeons & Dragons, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic. I’ve only played it once, but Wingspan is also pretty excellent.
Can you recall a particularly special or impressive moment from a Chess at Three lesson?
Once, a student of mine made a vicious tactical move. I was so excited, I just had to jump up and down for a while!
What’s your favorite story from the Chess at Three curriculum?
I think King Shaky is my favorite character, but the story I love telling the most is the first Secret Mission. I try to play up the suspense and mystery of Casanova the Dragon and Thalia the Octopus. Plus, I’ve given them each fun accents and I love doing different character voices.
You’re an amazing, in-demand tutor. What’s your secret?
I just try to connect with the students and have fun. I’m pretty passionate about learning in general…and chess in particular!