I have more than 28 years of teaching experience, including 14 years in middle school and 14 years in high school. I have been a classroom teacher, an academic coach responsible for training and supporting other ELA / Reading teachers,, and a Reading Interventionist. I also have extensive experience in writing district curriculum materials for both delivery and assessment.
I believe students need to take accountability for their own learning, and it is my job to provide them with the tools necessary to challenge themselves to reach ever higher levels. Critical thinking is at the foundation of all I do. My classroom motto is "Question Everything." It is a great day in the classroom when students open my eyes to new insights based on their own valid and critical reasoning.
I have been a school-based Teacher of the Year and was awarded the "Greek" prize for Intellectual Inquiry when I completed my masters program in Reading. I have participated in the Princeton Scholars' program through my district, and I was selected to participate in the Approaching Walden Seminar sponsored by the Thoreau Institute.
I earned my B.A with a double major in English Literature and History at New York University in 1982. In 2005 I completed a M.Ed in Reading at Jacksonville University.
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