1971-76 Pemberton Township High School, Pemberton, NJ Teacher of Home Economics 1989-2009 Northern Burlington County Regional Schools, Columbus, NJ • Teacher of high school Family Consumer Sciences and Child Development • Teacher of 7th grade Language Arts 2002-2010 Contributing author to Crinkles Magazine 2005-present Instructor, Institute of Children’s Literature 2011-present Calliope magazine teacher’s guide developer 2012-present co-Founder of Entelechy Education (www.entelechyed.com)
I prefer an active learning style where the students take charge of their education. Before I retired, I hung a motto in my room: We help each other learn. This showed by students that I was more than a teacher, I was a lifelong learning coach.
1993 A+ for Kids Disseminator Grant 1993 1st Place, Smart Consumer Lesson Plan Contest 1994 Perkins Consumer and Homemaking Grant 1994 2nd place, Economics America Lesson Plan Contest 1995 Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education Grant 1997 Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education Grant 1997 NJ Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year 1998 Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers honoree 1998 Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest competition, “Your Assignment #101” 1999 President’s Recognition of Literary Excellence Award for poetry, Iliad Press 2000 Blue Mountain Arts 2nd place poetry award 2000 Ann S. McChesney Nutrition Education Award 2002 Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers honoree 2003 SCBWI Magazine Merit Competition honorable mention Letter of Merit for “Nepal Mythology” Crinkles July/Aug 2003 2005 SCBWI Magazine Merit Competition honorable mention Letter of Merit for “Snowflake Bentley” Crinkles Sept/Oct 2005 2008 SCBWI judge, Magazine Merit Awards 2008 Baldwin fellow, University of Wisconsin at Madison: Nanotechnology Meets Biotechnology 2009 Honorable mention, Acclaim Screenplay Awards Until the End (screenplay) 2009 Second round finalist, Austin Film Festival Until the End (screenplay) 2009 Quarterfinalist, Creative World Awards, Until the End (screenplay) 2009 First round qualifier, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, Until the End (screenplay) 2010 Quarter-Finalist, 14 Annual FADE IN Awards (screenplay) 2014 Mom's Choice Awards for book, Where's Green? 2015 Mom's Choice Awards for book, Everybody Cooks! 2016 Pacific Rim Book Festival Runner-Up Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating - Holiday Favorites Edition 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards – Gold award in the Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book category - Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating - Holiday Favorites Edition 2017 Special recognition for exceptional art, Light, Space, & Time online art gallery, Seascapes Art Exhibition: Rimi Rock 2019 National Association of Book Entrepreneurs, Pinnacle Book Achievement - Best Book in the Category of Cookbook - Chef Cappy's Kitchen: STEM Facts and Healthy Recipes for Family Fun / Holiday Favorites Edition 2021 Best Middle School & High School Homeschool Curriculum & Resources of 2021 for Teachers Pay Teachers store, All-American Teacher Tools, from www.howtohomeschool.net
BS, Home Economics Education, 1971, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ Institute of Children’s Literature basic course, 2000 Highlights for Children Writers’ Conference, Chautauqua, NY, July 2000 Institute of Children’s Literature advanced course, 2001 Institute of Children’s Literature workshop for instructors, 2005
I am author the following books: Chef Cappy's Kitchen - STEM facts and healthy recipes for family fun - Holiday Favorites Edition, 2019 Be the Master of your Mental Kingdom, KDP, 2018 What's the Matter? 2014 Oxygen Finds Friends, 2014 Where’s Green?, Entelechy Education, LLC, 2013 Ducklings in a Row, Character Publishing, 2012 Woody’s World, KDP, 2018 The Kinetic Classroom, Creative Press, 2011 Somebody Cares!, WestBow Press, 2010 Helping Kids Help. Zephyr Press, 2007 Feng Shui for the Classroom:101Easy-to-use Ideas, Zephyr Press, 2004
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Archaeology, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Physical Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Physical Therapy, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, For Administrators, Early Intervention, End of Year, Engineering, Women's History Month, Classroom Community