I have taught for 11 years. For six years I taught 9-12th grade ELA in an Alternative Education program, where I worked hard to provide engaging and differentiated lessons and activities. I then worked at a New Tech Network campus for three years, where I taught integrated courses (ELA and SS). I was a part of a 10th grade team and 11th grade team where we combined English II with World History, English III with US History, and AP Language and Composition with AP US History. Our primary instructional mode at New Tech was Project-based learning. I moved from New Tech to a new campus in my district (Dallas ISD), and began to learn how to teach through the Personalized Learning model. I honed my craft there to combine PBL and PL, where a colleague and I created a course that combined English I with the UN's 17 Sustainable Goals. I was promoted from this experience to a Personalized Learning Coordinator at an Personalized Learning elementary school in the district.
I believe in creating rigorous, engaging, and innovative learning experiences to all students. My teaching style tends to move away from the traditional teacher at the front to a more relevant and personalized experience for the student. My experience has allowed me to grow in Project-based learning and Personalized learning, as well as blended learning, and the station-rotation model.
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I have three degrees: a BA in English Literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, a MS in Teaching and Curriculum (Secondary Education) from the University of Rochester, and a MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am currently working towards a graduate certificate in Personalized Learning from Texas Tech University.
I have teaching certificates in both New York and Texas in 7-12 grade education. I also have an ESL Supplemental Certification in the state of Texas.