WARREN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS WARREN,NJ 9/2004 to Present Special Education Teacher Instruct Language Arts replacement class and provide in-class support. Develop and implement lesson plans according to students diverse needs. Incorporate unique teaching strategies, formal and informal assessment methods, and facilitate all different learning styles. Collaborate with general and special education staff to create a positive and nurturing environment, where each child feels safe, special, adequately challenged, and receives an enriching education. THE NEWGRANGE SCHOOL HAMILTON, NJ 7/2003 to 12/2003 Language Arts Specialist Utilized multisensory techniques and offered one-on-one support to meet each child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Focused on the Orton-Gillingham method and incorporated the Wilson Reading System and Project Read, improving literacy skills and instilling a love of literacy in all students. SAYREVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYREVILE, NJ 12/2001 to 6/2003 Special Education Resource Room Teacher (9/2002 to 6/2003) Special Education Leave Replacement Teacher (12/2001 to 6/2002) Collaborated with colleagues and support staff to fulfill students' social and academic goals. Recognized, assessed, and appropriately supported individual's emotional, physical, and cognitive needs in accordance with IEPs. Maintained a calm and productive classroom while promoting academic progress and personal development. Participated as a member of the Child Study Team. THE STATEN ISLAND YMCA SOUTH SHORE CENTER STATEN ISLAND, NY 7/2001 to 12/2001 Director of Early Childhood Oversaw development and assessment of all Early Childhood programs including Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Nursery School, Summer Camp, After-School programs, and Social Programs. Supervised over 40 teachers and support staff, offering beneficial training and guidance. Provided management in all center operations. Ensured a healthy classroom environment and enriching curriculum. Organized and participated in Parent Committee activities, cultivating strong community relationships. PROJECT CHANCE/TEEN AID FAMILY SERVICES INC. BROOKLYN, NY 12/2000 to 6/2001 Special Needs Services Coordinator Researched and coordinated outside services for children and families requiring support. Reviewed developmental assessments of children identified with delays, and made further appropriate referrals to receive additional support. Established mutually beneficial relationships with various community-based organizations providing services to the special needs population.
Highly enthusiastic teaching professional who is committed to providing a solid and enriching education for all students, regardless of their academic capabilities. Talent for liaising with colleagues to develop and implement effective programs, which enhance students' fundamental skills. Dynamic person, who promotes staff professional growth and development, and strives to facilitate all unique learning styles. Well-rounded educator, with exceptional communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills to foster strong relationships within the school community.
Elected Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee, 2006-2007 Recognized by Superintendent for proposal of a chat room called "Collegial Corner", which promotes the sharing of best practices and allocation of resources between staff members throughout the district. Selected by Principal to be a member of the Teaching and Learning Fellows program; attended monthly professional development seminars and acted as teacher-leader liaison for the school.
Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Child Study/Special Education Saint Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY, 2000 New Jersey State Certifications: Supervisor Elementary Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
I am the author of the book Peanut Butter and Jelly Possibilities: Youthful Inspirations.