I have been an educator for 22 years at Kittatinny Regional High School in New Jersey. I began my career as a social studies teacher and am now a Gifted Education Services Coordinator and teacher. I have been a National Geographic Teacher Consultant and coordinated the state level of National Geographic Bee for five years. I have presented at many state and local conferences, with topics ranging from Feng Shui in the Classroom to Creative Teaching Strategies. I taught all phases of the NJ Alternate Route program for educators. In addition to teaching, I serve as the Professional Learning Facilitator for my district.
In my student-centered classroom, I utilize a variety of techniques in my instructional and assessment methods, with great emphasis on hands-on learning. My creative and innovative lessons produce a high level of student engagement. Not only are my students interacting with content, they are practicing collaboration, decision-making, and creative expression.
I was named the Kittatinny Regional High School Teacher of the Year, Sussex County Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007. I was awarded a National Geographic Education Foundation Grant for "A Medieval Banquet at the Alhambra." Four of my projects have been successfully funded through Donors Choose, including "Poetry: For Rhyme and Reason" and "Cinderella Connections."
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University, majoring in History, with minors in Secondary Education, Anthropology and American Cultural Studies. I pursued a Master's degree from University of Scranton in Curriculum and Instruction and went on to earn a graduate certificate from Rutgers University in Gifted Education.
Where can you find me after my teaching day? I'll be at the soccer fields with my daughter, along the volleyball court with my son, leading a Girl Scout meeting at the school, or helping at my church. I could be reading another education book in my mobile office (read "car"). Once in a while, I'll be home.
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, The New Year, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Close Reading