Courtney earned her Masters degree from Columbia University, Teachers College, after graduating with a BA in history from Marymount Manhattan College. She began her teaching career at MS167, a math and science magnet school on the Upper East Side, where she taught 6th grade Social Studies and English Language Arts (Humanities.) Courtney was instrumental in developing the project based curriculum, implemented in the 6th grade. This is her 3rd year teaching Humanities in the Middle School at the French American Academy. She continues to enjoy creating hands-on and integrative Humanities and bilingual units to engage her students’ curiosity, while advancing their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.