Passionate educator with experience in high needs schools, licensed early childcare provider, online, and work at home business entrepreneur, with strong convictions that early learning and high quality educational settings provide children with the creative, emotional, social, and academic supports necessary to thrive developmentally. Utilizing my skills and experiences as a catalyst for social change within schools and institutions of higher education nation wide by providing the highest quality educational experience to children, supporting parents, and training new teachers. Solid Foundations Preschool, Bronx New York Director/ Early Childhood Educator • Own and direct a New York State licensed early childcare facility caring for children ages 6 weeks-6 years old. • Hire, manage, develop and evaluate staff consisting of lead teachers, assistant teachers and interns. • Operate and manage business accounts and payroll. • Obtain resources through community networking. • Implement early childhood curriculum for children. • Implement knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and needs to design appropriate learning curriculum activities. • Differentiate learning in a mixed age level environment on a daily basis as well as train staff to differentiate instruction. • Engage and involve parents and families in fostering the overall positive development of their child while in care. • Maintain a high quality early childcare environment New York City Department of Education Elementary School Teacher • Planned and executed daily lessons in all elementary subject areas individually and collaboratively in team teaching classroom. • Designed curriculum units using backwards design for all classrooms on grade level. • Led grade level meetings and planned content area unit culmination activities that fostered parental involvement. • Worked collaboratively with special educator in a team teaching classroom. • Raised student achievement and saw many students mainstreamed from special education to general education from inclusion classroom. • Participated in least restrictive environment committee and IEP meetings. • Involved in Literacy Leadership Team for school district. • Facilitated several professional developmental workshops to other teachers. • Attended numerous professional development programs in literacy, math, and class room management. • Trained in Responsive Classroom Management and Social Curriculum and implemented effectively in my classroom. • Participated in summer curriculum planning sessions. New York City Teaching Fellows Field Visitor • Observed new teachers in the New York City Teaching Fellows program at their summer internship sites during pre-service training. • Provided constructive and evaluative feedback on all lessons observed • Instructed and mentored new teachers on best practices in lesson delivery. • Communicated with administrative staff and other personnel to make the field training component productive for the incoming New York City teaching fellow. Prospect Family Housing/Solid Foundations for Healthy Families Inc Parent Educator • Design and facilitate parenting workshop on positive discipline, temperament and parenting child abuse and prevention, developmental stages and anti-bullying to parents from diverse backgrounds. • Work with adult learners using a variety of learning styles and tools such as power point presentations, media, and variety of engaging and effective teaching techniques. New York City Church of Christ Children’s Ministry Coordinator • Organize Sunday school and mid-week services for approximately 150 children between the ages 6 months thru 6th grade. • Recruit and screen 40 plus volunteers on a quarterly rotation. • Train volunteers in implementing Heart Shapers Curriculum effectively and nurturing the children in their classroom. • Maintain communication with parents and leadership on all activities involving children. • Manage and organize special events for children. • Create and direct productions that children present to the church. • Provide and lead parenting workshops. • Attend weekly staff meetings. • Conduct quarterly training for all volunteers on child abuse, child development and effective teaching practices. • Maintain curriculum materials, inventory and attendance records,
Facilitator teaching style that focuses on student-centered learning. Design learning activities that activate prior knowledge and foster group collaborations for learning.
CERTIFICATIONS/SCOLARSHIPS/LICENSURE • NYS Permanent Certification Pre-K – 6th grade • NYS Office of Children and Family Services Licensed Group Family Daycare Provider • New York City Teaching Fellows New Teacher Scholarship Program 2003- 2005 • AmeriCorps Community Service Scholarship 2005-2006 • Walden University Scholars for Social Change Award Recipient - 2012
Walden University PhD in Education; Early Childhood Education Specialization Mercy College Bronx, NY Masters of Science, Elementary Education Lehman College Bronx, NY Post masters 15 credits in Bilingual Education (TELL Scholarship) Fordham University Bronx, NY Bachelor of Arts, International Political Economy; French Language and Literature TASIS England American School High School graduate Cum Laude
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE Effective Implementer of Standards-Based Curricula, Ability to Differentiate Instruction for children of Mixed Learning Ability and Developmental Stages, Collaborative Leader and Mentor Effective Communicator and Listener, Team Teacher, Professional Development Facilitator, Responsive and Nurturing Classroom Manager, Implementer of Best Teaching Practices, Reflective Practitioner, Life-Long Learner, Early Childhood Specialist Passionate Teacher , Business Entrepreneur, Ph.D , Parent educator.