Dedicated educational leader with a career spanning 14 years of pioneering contribution to development and management of instructional programs at the middle school and high school level. Proven history of working with key senior management and faculty to design and implement targeted curricula and instructional plans with the goal of maximizing student engagement, learning, and retention. Skilled at adapting to the unique needs of students to ensure flexible learning plans capable of meeting the most stringent challenges. Outstanding facilitator and collaborator working with personnel at all levels to advance educational goals. Committed to integrating technology into the classroom as a tool for learning, growth, and communication.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
English Language Program Management · Curriculum Design & Development · Lesson Planning · Professional Development Training · Mentorship · Course Instruction · Collaboration & Team Building · Instructional Development · Educational Technology · Faculty Relations · Parent-Teacher Communications · Special Needs Education Services · Presentations · Staff Coaching & Development · Behavioral Management · Performance Growth · Process Improvements · Turn-key Training · Technical and Integrated Technology Training
PARSIPPANY TROY HILLS BOARD OF EDUCATION, Parsippany, New Jersey · September 2004-June 2018
School district with 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools.
Sixth Grade Reading/Writing Teacher
Instructed sixth-grade courses in Reading and Writer’s Workshop – including defining all educational objectives and creating lesson plans. Tracked changes in student behavior and academic performance, reporting to parents as needed. Collaborated with the district reading consultant in bi-weekly planning and observation sessions to support enhancement of the new Readers and Writers Workshop curriculum. Monitored in-class performance and scores. Participated in faculty and grade-specific team meetings. Met the needs of classified students through partnership and discussion with classified students. Provided administrative support to building administrators.
●Evolved to meet special needs and varying learning styles for sixth grade students by working with a collaborative teacher on identifying student needs and adjusting lesson plans as needed.
●Integrated Readers and Writers Workshop concepts into the sixth-grade curriculum as a contributor to a full rewrite and redevelopment.
●Provided a supportive environment for struggling students by offering help classes both before and after school.
●Successfully integrated into the school’s overall culture and environment by liaising with mentors and colleagues to gain insight into the needs of the school and the students.
High School English Teacher
Lead classroom instruction and course development for English and ESL classes. Prepare curricula for multiple courses, including working with the technology supervisor and counterparts to create the multimedia curriculum, educational objectives, and lesson plans – as well as building educational objectives and lesson plans for sixth grade Language Arts and high school English curricula. Cooperate with co-teachers to adapt curriculum for special needs students in co-taught classes. Facilitated World Language classes by contributing to podcast development. Form relationships with parents to monitor student behavior and performance, then discuss any changes or assistance as required. Maintain digital portfolios for sophomore and senior students in Google Docs. Foster integration of technology as a valuable educational tool by working with team leaders to discuss technology standards and ideas for incorporating technology in all disciplines. Assist students with multimedia
projects using various iLife series technologies. United faculty in daily lunch and team meetings to discuss student progress, objectives, field trips, co-curricular activities, and administrative concerns. Key member of the metacognitive strategies committee.
●Developed and implemented high-quality curricula for multimedia and English ESL.
●Spearheaded launch of a district-wide middle school mentoring program, including authoring and submitting a successful grant.
●Key contributor as co-author to an Active Reading Strategies course for district English and Reading / Writing teachers. Coordinated course implementation.
●Enhanced grading practices by facilitating teacher workshops on using Google docs, Genesis grading systems and other educational software for tracking student performance.
●Improved student communication, self-study, and collaboration by deploying a threaded discussion system categorized by units of study, as well as My Big Campus pages for all classes.
●Took an instrumental role in training district faculty on curriculum days for MacBook applications and hardware, as well as Tablet PC applications and hardware.
●Coordinated additional district training, including technology courses for Macs and PCs, and workshops for non-tenured teachers on development of Moodle web pages.
●Acted as key technical resource for technology support and implementation of various educational software applications.
●Delivered highly effective ESL units for special needs students from foreign countries, working with colleagues as needed to improve the curriculum.
●Adapted to the unique learning and environmental needs of a challenging class of classified and emotionally disturbed seniors by partnering with Student Services to modify and implement a flexible curriculum.
●Served as the webmaster for the middle school’s website.
●Private Tutor (2004 -Present)
●Director, Tot-Time – Parsippany Recreation (2014, 2015)
●SAT Prep Tutor – Parsippany High School (2013 – 2016)
Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction
Teaching Certificate: Elementary Teacher & Teacher of English
Caldwell College – Caldwell, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Management
Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Supervisor Certification in Instructional Leadership
Rowan University – Glassboro, New Jersey
State of New Jersey PARCC Workshops Microsoft Office Suite Training Nearpod and Padlet Workshop
Apple iPad and MacBook Training Moodle Workshop and My Big Campus Workshop
Google Classroom, Newsela, Linkit, Genesis, PowerSchool