• Teaching 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English for five years • Lesson planning using Understanding by Design technique, backwards planning, and the CCSS • SBAC preparation • Providing timely feedback and grading so that students may track progress on unit goals • Organizational skills for classroom, lesson and school-wide planning • Classroom management that reflects my philosophy of education • Parent and student communication to include both in the teaching and learning process • Curricula development to align with new national standards • Co-worker collaboration for vertical and horizontal teams, SBAC strategy planning, and co-teacher collaboration • Data tracking to measure progress on year long and unit long SMART goals • Use of projector, smart board and document camera for classroom instruction • Creating and tracking formative and summative assessments that are differentiated for learning modalities • Classroom differentiation that allows all students to access standards
My philosophy of education is that a successful classroom must be student led and inquiry based. I believe in a reader-based approach to teaching skills instead of text-based ones, and in pre-reading activities to help students meet strategic and conceptual demands of a text. I believe in student-led instruction that helps students perform critical analysis of a text and in instruction that is centered on transferable understandings and inquiry units that involve planning essential questions to generate the higher-order thinking the CCSS, and our global community, calls for.
• Graduated Summa Cum Laude • Graduated as an Honors Scholar • Completed honors thesis titled: “Writing the Wrongs of Chancery and Victorian Society: Esther Summerson of Bleak House and Defining the First-Person” • Honors thesis is published on UConn’s digital commons • Named New England scholar yearly as an undergraduate • Made Dean’s list all semesters as an undergraduate • Nominated and initiated into Phi Beta Kappa • Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) • Received ETS Recognition of Excellence for a perfect score on the English Content Praxis II exam
Teaching Certification in CT English 015 (7-12) • Holds Professional Certification Quinnipiac University—Hamden, CT May, 2012 • Master of Science, Teacher Leadership (GPA – 4.0/4.0) University of Connecticut—Storrs, CT May 10th, 2009 • Bachelor of Arts, English (GPA – 3.9/4.0) • Graduated Summa Cum Laude • Minor in Women’s Studies • Graduated as an Honors Scholar • American Sign Language, 4 Semesters
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