With more than thirteen years of teaching experience in high school and four years at the university level, I have secured excellent opportunities to instruct a variety of literature and writing courses, allowing me to diversify my teaching style and to achieve mastery over what I believe is the most fundamental principle in our profession: reaching students. Whether it be a developmental or advanced student, engagement is the key. The more individuals are empowered by their learning, the more they will thrive, thus reaching their fullest potential. Independent, critical thinkers are nurtured by innovative and inventive practices – practices delivered by passionate, responsive educators. This passion is shared when we make personal connections, when we engage in analytical dialogue and when we realize that education is a not an intangible objective but an organic process in which we all contribute. It is this community-based thinking that motivates me to become a TpT author-teacher.
In my experience many people think teaching is about lecturing on arcane content, about being an expert in your field; but for me being an educator means being a student. Education encourages life-long learning and it is our responsibility to model that to our students. Teaching, like learning, is a conscious act, in which a person invests considerable time and thought. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. I invest myself in my lessons in the hopes that the students will invest their trust in me.
•Named “Educational Leader and Mentor” by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council 2011-12, 2012-13; 2013-14 •Deemed Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars •Awarded “Teacher Who Rocks” by Greater Media of New Jersey 2009
MA in English, College of New Jersey; BA in Secondary Education/English, Magna Cum Laude, York College of Pennsylvania; Standard New Jersey Certification for English; Pennsylvania Instructional II Certificate for English ; Advanced Placement Certification in AP Literature and AP Language
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS: "ICED: The Key to Elaboration". National Council Teachers of English. ReadWriteThink. 2014 Maloney, Traci. “Methods and Strategies for Successful Peer Revision”. New Jersey Writing Alliance Conference. April 20, 2012; “ICED Writing Instruction: The Key To Elaboration”. Institute of Elemental Ethics. One Voice International Conference. Tarrytown, NY. October 22, 2011; “5 More Strategies to Better Prepare Your Students for College Writing. Jackson District In-Service Day. October 11, 2011; “High School Expectations for Writing – What Does that Mean for First Year Composition?” Monmouth University First Year Composition Workshop. November 17, 2010; Maloney, Mathias and Waldron. Teaching Composition E-Handbook. Jackson School District. May 2010; “ICED Writing Instruction: The Key to Elaboration”. Jackson District In-Service Film. March 26, 2010; “Bridging the Gap: Preparing Students for College Writing”. Jackson District In-Service. September 2, 2008
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