Mt. Lebanon High School, Mt. Lebanon, PA, August 2010 – present High School English Teacher – 9 Academic, 10 Academic, and 10 Honors English Developed curriculum collaboratively for each of my classes taught at both academic and honors levels Received consistent distinguished teaching evaluation rankings in areas of Preparation, Rapport with Students, Facilitation of Discussion, Communication with Parents, and Involvement in School, to name a few. Co-taught multiple times with various special education teachers and the reading specialist Worked as part of a teaching staff that was consistently acknowledged in the top 10 across the state and in Western Pennsylvania Worked as part of an English department at the 10th grade level that consistently earned impressive Keystone Literature exam scores – to include one year with a 99% proficiency rating on the writing portion Appointed to various prestigious committees within the school, including Teaching Evaluation Committee and Induction Committee for Professionalism Selected as PTSA Faculty Representative to meet monthly with parent organization and prepare faculty section of monthly newsletter Sponsored many student clubs and organizations, including SADD and student government Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, August, 2006 – 2010 Adjunct English Professor – Introduction to Composition (ENG 150) and Argumentation (ENG 151) Taught more than 10 semesters of ENG 150 and ENG 151, respectively. Created and facilitated multi-cultural instruction for the unit, “The World of Ideas,” including readings such as Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Martin Luther King Jr.’s The Letter from Birmingham Jail, bell hooks’ Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, and Frederick Douglass’ Narrative from a Slave. Encouraged student choice in essay prompts to allow students to produce their highest quality work based on their individual interests. Developed a strong rapport with students by ensuring mutual respect. Held individual conferences with students to discuss their writing, for the purposes of celebrating successes, advancing ideas, and/or addressing any concerns. Created safe and student-centered classrooms for diverse groups of students, including traditional and non-traditional peers. Five Star Development, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, August 2007 – 2010 Editor/Instructional Designer Promoted to editor after two years as instructional designer Edited and wrote training materials – traditional and online varieties – for new employees and those in continued professional development at Heinz, Bayer, and Highmark, to name a few. Wrote and developed content for monthly company newsletter
…Passionate, student-centered English educator who places primary importance on critical shared inquiry in the classroom by facilitating active and thoughtful participation…
Article published, “Creating a Stronger Community in the Carnegie Mellon University English Department,” Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 Graduated Cum Laude, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005 Member of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary Society, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005 Member of Phi Sigma Tau, Philosophy Honorary Society, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005 Dean’s List Scholar, Washington & Jefferson College, 2001-2005 Presidential Scholar, Washington and Jefferson College, 2001-2005
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Professional Year Teaching Certification, Secondary English Education, May 2010 GPA 4.0/4.0 – Honors in Student Teaching Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Master of Arts, English/Literary and Cultural Studies, May 2006 GPA 3.9/4.0 Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA Bachelor of Arts, English and Philosophy, May 2005 GPA 3.6/4.0
I am so pleased to be joining this community, because I am a passionate nerd when it comes to creating engaging lessons for students! My husband is in education as well. He is a Physics professor at Washington and Jefferson college. We enjoy life to the fullest with our two dogs (Gypsy and Thumper) and two cats (Robot and Noodle)!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Other (ELA), Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading