For the past ten years I've taught mostly ESL and ELA, mostly grades 4, 5, and 6, and mostly in New York City. In five years as a co-teaching ESL teacher, I worked directly with 22 different teachers. As challenging as that was, I learned an immeasurable amount from experiencing other teachers' classrooms on a daily basis. I also did brief stints in first and ninth grade, taught overseas, and now work as a consultant in NYC public schools.
In a student evaluation, one of my sixth graders once said I was "mean and no fun." I wanted to say "damn straight" and put it on my classroom door. Another student wrote me a note thanking me for taking a chance on her, being patient when she didn't deserve it, and teaching her how to love reading. That one made me cry. I can't articulate my teaching style, but it's somewhere in the middle of those two evaluations.
ELA Master Teacher at The Equity Project Charter School Member of the 9th Cohort of Bank Street School of Education's Bilingual-ESL Teacher Leadership Academy Presenter at ESL Professional Development Day for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Member of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society Recipient of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer's Scholarship at New York University
Bank Street College of Education, BETLA, Teacher Leadership Certificate, 2011 New York University, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2006 College of William and Mary, BA in English Literature and Public Policy, 2002
I fell into teaching by accident as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Best random decision I ever made.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Geography, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Professional Development, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, Coaching, Close Reading