Teacher/Case Manager (Wheaton North High School) (June 2007 – Present) Best Brains Teacher/Tutor (June 2011 - Present) Professional Development/Tech Inservice Provider SciTech Hands on Museum (Summer 2012, Summer 2013) National Energy Education Development Project (April 2013 - Present) -Curriculum developer -Member of Teacher Advisory Board
My style is unique. I utilize technology and media to engage my students. We don't just study projectiles, we study the Blues Brothers jumping a bridge. We don't just study rates and ratios, we plan a road trip using Roadtrippers.com. I encourage my students to try, not just give up. There's a difference between "I don't get this" and "I'm too lazy," that difference is a page full of wrong answers versus a blank page. I teach in a flipped class model, including custom made videos and guided notes for my physics and algebra classes. As a special education teacher I am very data-forward. My lessons are all based in Learning Targets which are assessed to compose an image of student understanding of the Essential Standards that the class is based on.
University of Illinois Deans List (2003 – 2007) “Picture This…Film Festival” Educational Category Winner -“I am a Child with Autism.” (2008) New 200 Foundation Grants -Projector and Wiimote-based interactive whiteboard (2009) -Projectors and 2 Smartboards with wireless video connection for netbooks (2011) We Are Teachers Grant - Physics in motion project. Flip video cameras and video editing software (2011) Donors Choose Grant - Backchanneling: An Open Physics Discussion (2012) Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year Award nominee for District 200 in the category of classroom teacher (2014)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (August 2003 - June 2007) -LBS1 (Special Education Degree) Bachelors -Highly Qualified in Science, Math, English, Language Arts, and Reading -Progressed from Initial to Standard Certificate (2011) Concordia University (August 2009 – August 2011) -Educational Technology Masters -Type 10 Technology Specialist Certification (Additional Coursework)
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