207 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
SUNY Buffalo, Master of Science in School Library Media Studies (anticipated 2017)LINK
Mercy College, Master of Science in Elementary/Special Education (2006)LINK
University of Rhode Island, Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and Services (2001)LINK
New York State School Library Media Specialist K-12 (internship certificate)
New York State Elementary Education First through Sixth Grades (professional certificate)
New York State Students with Disabilities First through Sixth Grades (professional certificate)
HASTINGS ON HUDSON UFSD, Hillside Elementary School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (September 2014 - present)
Library Media Specialist/MakerSpace Facilitator
- Design standards based lessons for students in grades K-4 that meet the New York State Information Fluency benchmark skills, as well as integrate the Common Core Learning Standards.
- Collaborate with teachers to design lessons which support and enhance classroom curriculum.
- Design and facilitate events that promote family literacy, such as K-2 Family Reading Night and Parents as Reading Partners.
- Arrange visiting authors and illustrators to present material to students as part of literature appreciation.
- In 2015, facilitated the implementation of our schools first MakerSpace. Instrumental in the selection of materials, design of the space, as well as responsible for creating the curriculum and scheduling.
- Order, receive, catalog and display new books. Responsible for the increase in primary/early elementary fiction and non-fiction texts in our collection, which were researched and piloted with success, to broaden the range of reading materials available to our K-2 students.
- Provides professional development to faculty and staff upon request.
HASTINGS ON HUDSON UFSD, Hillside Elementary School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (September 2009 - August 2014)
Tenured Classroom Teacher (Grades 1 & 4)
- Created literacy-centered classroom environments with a strong emphasis on visual literacy and accountable talk. Guide students in daily balanced literacy block that incorporates whole class mini lessons, small group guided reading, and independent reading using the classroom leveled library. Create differentiated small group guided reading, literature circles, and literacy learning centers to address students strengths and specific areas of deficiency.
- Utilized both Everyday Math and the newly implemented EngageNY mathematics curriculum to introduce math concepts through whole class lessons followed up by small group instruction.
- Appointed as the K-4 Science Facilitator. Responsibilities included researching the Next Generation Science Standards, collaborating with teachers to modify existing science units to meet the new standards, and incorporating outdoor curricular experiences to the current curriculum.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, PS 028x, Bronx, NY (December 2006 - August 2009)
Tenured Classroom Teacher (Grade 4)
- Develop and implement curriculum for a homogenously grouped class of English Language Learners including a significant percentage of students with special education needs. Design data driven instruction based on extensive ongoing research, observations, conferring, and assessments.
- Selected to pioneer the Data Inquiry Project in 2007-2008 to explore, evaluate, and identify best instructional practices for teaching lower performing students. Participant on a 12-member team of educators, coaches, and administrators in 2007-2008. Lead-teacher in the initiative for the 2008-2009 school year. Collaborated with team to prepare a case study that serves as the foundation for school-wide curriculum development.
- Utilized Everyday Math curriculum to introduce math concepts through whole class lessons followed up by small group instruction. Work with the math coach to secure additional resources such as manipulatives and supplemental materials to promote students acquisition of foundational skills.
- Created and lead students in thematic social studies units that integrate literature, computer research, library research, and writing projects. Incorporate Smart Board technology daily, computers, visual learning tools, hands-on activities, and an extensive program of field trips into all content areas.
- In 2006, assumed mid-year responsibility for an under-performing class. Reassessed and accurately regrouped students. Established a highly structured class environment with clear academic and behavioral expectations, with all students achieving at least one level of improvement in literacy scores by year-end and over 50% of students being mainstreamed to general education classes.
- Participated in the A.U.S.S.I.E. Guided Reading Lab (12/06 to 5/07) and the Guided Writing Lab (9/07 to 12/07). Selected as a member of the Japanese Lesson Study Method Team. Instrumental in pilot initiative to evaluate the efficacy of using this innovative model of grade-wide lesson planning, peer observations, and ongoing curriculum refinement.
Fourth Grade ELA Academy Teacher (October 2007 to June 2009)
Fourth Grade Math Academy Teacher (January 2007 to June 2009)
Fourth Grade ELA Grading Team (January 2008 to February 2008)
Fourth Grade NYSESLAT Academy Teacher (March 2007 to May 2007)
Fourth Grade Summer Success Academy Teacher (Summer 2008, Summer 2007)
EAST QUOGUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, East Quogue, NY (September 2006 - December 2006 )
Permanent Substitute Teacher
ST. CASIMIR SCHOOL, Yonkers, NY (September 2005 - June 2006 )
Fourth Grade Teacher
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