I've taught in Middle and High School. Subjects I've taught are Drama, Chorus, Guitar, Music Technology, General Music. I've written curriculum for Drama, grades 6, 7 & 8 as well as Middle school music curriculum. I have written plays from short to full length and sight-singing exercises.
I believe in performance assessments. In the subjects I teach, it is important for the students to experience the subject and express themselves, not just write about it.
• CTL High School Music representative. June 2006-2007 • Mentor, MCPS Music Teachers, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 • Mentor Teacher for Teacher Intern from University of Maryland College Park, 2002. • Nominated for the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund Award, 2001 • Clinician, “Sharing Session: Assessment in General Music (elem/middle)”, MMEA Fall In-Service Conference, 2000 • Practicum teacher, Catholic University, 1999, 2000, 2001. • Judge, Md. Jr. All-State Chorus Auditions, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005
University of Phoenix, online, Phoenix, Arizona [May 2006-December 2007] Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. G.P.A. 4.00 MCPS: Mentoring the New Teacher Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va. Canter & Associates courses [Summer 1999, Summer 2000, Summer and Fall 2001] Courses taken: Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades; The High-Performing Teacher; Improving Reading in the Content Areas, Using the Internet to Enhance Teaching and Learning; Motivating Today’s Learner. Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania [August 1989 - May 1993] Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12, G.P.A. 3.68/4.
My passion is curriculum and quality instruction. I am always looking for ways to strengthen my teaching from writing plays to devising new units or incorporating more technology and visual examples. I always consider the various learners-visual, kinesthetic, aural. I love mentoring new teachers and helping them find their strengths and passions for teaching. My background in the arts has been a joy to my teaching. I have a background in singing, acting, art, and dance. I have worked professionally using all of these talents from a cake decorator to an on-stage actress and singer for various events such as weddings, church services, funerals, and business events. All these elements come into play in teaching theater, and allows me to experience my passions.