I am a dedicated professional with 14 years of teaching experience with Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland. I have worked in a variety of different assignments and in different capacities in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts. This year, I have shifted my focus and am currently teaching high school English (9th and 10th grade) in Arizona.
My background in theatre has afforded me creativity and originality in my instruction and has helped my students become imaginative and expressive young adults. I form a positive rapport with my students founded on trust and honesty; my students know I care deeply about them. With this relationship, I receive buy-in from my students and feel that they genuinely want to learn.I believe that students need to feel valued and motivated to learn. It is my responsibility to help students take ownership of their schooling and connect real life application to what they are learning. I set high expectations for my students and model clear and concise behaviors to help them be successful.
Teacher of the Year, Bohemia Manor Middle School - 2006 National Board Certification, Early Adolescence English Language Arts: 2006 National Board Renewal Certification, 2015
Washington College, Chestertown Maryland Graduated May 2002, Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama Education Certification Program Minor in German Collegiate Honors: Dean’s List all semesters, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Society of Junior Fellows, Silver Pentagon Honor Society, Departmental Honors in Drama, Stewart Drama Award, Directing Thesis - Honors Gratz College, Melrose Park Pennsylvania Graduated May 2009 Master of Arts in Education Thesis: The Impact of Specific Strategic Instruction Model Devices on Concept Retention of Seventh-Grade Language Arts Students of Varying Abilities
I am a Teacher Leader and a continuous learner. I have led my language arts department at my middle school, my grade level teams, as well as countless professional development sessions in my school, county, and across the state of Maryland. I have attained my National Board Certification and renewal certification. I am reflective about my practice and always strive for improvement. I am excited for my new journey as a high school teacher in Arizona and look forward to the challenges and inspiration it brings. :)