As a young college graduate, I embarked on a 15 year journey through the corporate sector, enjoying a human resources career that began as an assistant to the assistant and finished up in the vice president arena. Once seasoned in my professional life, I felt ready for the challenge of teaching and returned to school to complete my Master's degree. During that time, I enjoyed three years as a Special Education Para-professional, was offered a seventh grade English teaching position, and now love teaching eighth grade English all in the Amity School District.
As educators, we must teach the student, not the subject. This educational philosophy has been loaned to me by a very wise educator from the public school at which I currently work, and I have adopted it as my own. One of the greatest challenges I face is making the connection between the student and the subject while making the subject material relevant to my students. In order to accomplish this great feat, I feel it is my responsibility to understand my students on multiple levels. It is necessary for me to first comprehend adolescence as a global concept looking to the psychological thinkers of the twentieth century for guidance. I then fold into this knowledge an understanding and acceptance of the significance of my studentsâ€™ roles as members of a multicultural society. Finally, I become acquainted with each of my students as the unique individuals that they are, considering their education in kind. I foster for them a classroom culture that lends support while fostering knowledge exploration and facilitating self-discovery.
ETS Recognition of Excellence on the PRAXIS II exam Ithaca College English Department Scholarship for Excellence Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society
2020 Alternate Route to Certification, New Haven, CT Certified Library Media Specialist 2010 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT M.S. with Teacher Certification in English 1997 UC Berkeley Extension Berkeley, CA Human Resources Management Certificate Awarded With Distinction 1990 Ithaca College â€“ Ithaca, NY B.A. in English with a Spanish Minor
My most recent research interest is linguistic grammar instruction. As a result, The Grammar League© is a classroom-ready, linguistically-based, comprehensive program for teaching the mechanics of language that I am currently completing.