Award-winning educator in high-needs urban high school -turned American Literature teacher and schoolwide instructional coach in a Catholic High School with a faculty of 100+. ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2017. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council Member 2016-2018. Arlington Leadership Center 40 Under 40 Awardee, Class of 2017. In less than two years in one of Maryland's lowest-performing public high schools, my high-energy, hands-on approach to student-centered classroom design catapulted my classes' High School Assessment scores to the highest across all subjects in the building, and moved our school to the second-highest scoring in the entire county. In my current role, I now teach two English classes and spend the rest of the day working with teachers across all disciplines and oversee our school's professional development program. Duties include: + Oversight of schoolwide Instructional Rounds twice annually + Lead facilitator of ongoing #ObserveMe peer-to-peer network of 40+ classrooms + One-on-one instructional coaching with teachers in every department + Curriculum writing in humanities and STEM + Research and support in BYOD and one-to-one device integration + 21st century literacy and research standards across all content areas + Individual teacher support with lesson planning and unit design. Basically, I'm like a personal trainer for teachers.
High-impact, high-enthusiasm, and high expectations! Leading with passion and excitement leads to remarkable levels of student engagement. Bringing innovative student-centered lesson design and strategic use of instructional technology into the classroom to keep lessons lively and interactive.
ASCD Emerging Leader (2017) Member, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council (2016-2018) Arlington Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 Award Recipient (2017) Three time presenter at National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference (2015-2017) Three time presenter at Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference (2015-2017) Keynote Presenter at University of Notre Dame Play Like a Champion Today Annual Conference (2016) Four time presenter for the Arlington Diocese annual day of high school teacher professional development (2014-2017) Crossland HS Principal's Award for Excellence (2012) Crossland HS Vice Principal's Outstanding Educator Award (2012) Crossland HS New Teacher of the Year (2011) Classroom included in national commercial re: technology in class (2014) Classroom featured on ABC7 News re: school visit to White House (2012)
B.A. English, The Catholic University of America Graduate with University Honors Scholar distinction M.A. English, The Catholic University of America M.A. +15. Concentrations in Shakespeare, film studies, creative writing Selected for 2010 teaching cohort with The New Teacher Project Maryland State Certified Teacher Virginia Catholic Educators Association Certified Teacher
I spent five years in social media before making the jump to full-time teaching, and I've implemented a great deal of web-based technologies into my classrooms to meet the changing needs of the digital learner. When I'm not teaching, I run marathons and write screenplays. And devour any and all information related to school reform, 21st century teaching and learning, and education policy issues. Thanks for checking out my store!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World Language, Latin, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Drama, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer, For Administrators, Coaching, Test Preparation, Close Reading, Classroom Community