This is my fifth year teaching 8th grade Language Arts and a Reading/Writing Lab in a public middle school. The district is extremely tech-centered, utilizing resources such as 1:1 iPad ratios, a SmallLab, an EnergyCenter, and a Creative Media Center. We also have a Dream Factory, which focuses on providing interesting STEAM learning experiences for middle school students. In addition to working at this progressive school district, I also work at Duquesne University's Reading Clinic--discovering new ways to engage students in critical reading strategies.
I believe in creating learning experiences to engage students in the processes of understanding. Project-based learning is my favorite way to create lessons where students are actively participating in the learning process. While creating all of my own curriculum resources and materials, I integrate best practices, proven and supported by leading researchers on reading comprehension and writing composition.
**I am a 2018 presenter at the Future of Educational Technology Conference.** I presented academic papers at the International English Society's convention. I was awarded the designation of a "schools-to-watch" teacher and am a PA Schools to Watch Ambassador. I am an Apple-Certified teacher. I was also an inaugural member of the Duquesne University Urban Education Program
I have a Bachelors of Arts in English, a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education, a Masters in Reading / Language Arts and a Reading Specialist Certification, all from Duquesne University.
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Critical Thinking, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween, Informational Text, Close Reading