Fifteen years of teaching experience: Middle School: --5th grade Humanities (English/History combination) --6th grade English --7th-8th grade Creative Writing --8th grade Language Arts (held this position for 8 years) High School: --9th grade World History --10th grade American History --11th-12th grade: Sociology and Minorities --9th grade English --10th grade English I have worked with homogeneous and heterogeneous groupings, which gave me experience with a wide range of student abilities. I have also worked in public and independent schools, in both co-ed and single gender classrooms. I also do contract work as a scorer of standardized tests.
I tend to be structured and challenging, but very caring and real. I adapt my pedagogy and curriculum to meet the changing needs of my students from year to year. I do my best to keep a sense of humor and create a fun learning community.
I served as a curriculum mapping leader in middle school Language Arts. I was on building cabinet. I took part in a two year literacy partnership with the Center for English Learning and Achievement at SUNY Albany. I have had the privilege of taking part in some great summer professional development programs. Some of these were: the Favorite Poems Project at Boston University, National Endowment for the Humanities Socratic Ethics Seminar at Williams College, Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities American Constitutional Law Seminar at Monmouth College. I have had personal essays published and have read some on the radio.I also published a feature article in a teaching publication and an academic article in an English journal.
BA, University of Pennsylvania (English/History) MA, University of Michigan (Education/Curriculum Development)
I am an avid reader and do my best to keep up-to-date on changes in educational policy and best teaching practices. I consider myself a "work in progress" and genuinely appreciate the feedback and encouragement that other educators have offered me on this site.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History, Middle Ages, Physical Education, Drama, Other (Specialty), Sociology, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature, Business, Anthropology, Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Winter, Presidents' Day, Tools for Common Core