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Work History

Aug 2004Present

Secondary Teacher of the Gifted

Solanco School District
  • Developed a gifted and talented curriculum for students in grades 7-12. 
  • Monitored the academic and social needs of up to 75 students per year. 
  • Wrote curriculum for, and taught three elective classes
    • Gifted Explorations: a humanities class focused on the relationship between history and culture.
    • Gifted Applications: a competition-based class where students work cooperatively to achieve in various academic competitions
    • Gifted Independent Study: a program allowing students to explore various interests with the help of faculty mentors
  • Planned and facilitated various academic/vocational field trips and seminar
  • Coached four academic teams:
    • Odyssey of the Mind: a creative problem-solving competition utilizing engineering, music, and dramatic skills
    • PA Mock Trial
    • Susquehanna Valley Model United Nations
    • Knowledge Master Open academic contest
  • Served on various technology, research, and gifted education planning teams.
May 2008Present

Staff Writer

Operation Sports

  • Wrote informational articles and opinion pieces on the business of sports video games and software
  • Worked with representatives from Sony, Microsoft, as well as other companies within the industry
  • Wrote critical reviews of a variety of sports games and software
  • Traveled for interviews and hands-on demonstrations of new products
  • Member of an online staff, participated in Skype conferences and related methods of telecommunication
Jul 2006June 2016

Coach

Solanco School District
  • High School Baseball
  • Junior High Soccer

For both, organized and ran practices, evaluated players, managed paperwork and other responsibilities, coached teams during various competitions.

Aug 1999June 2016

Assistant Marching Band Director

Solanco School District
  • Assisted director in all aspect of his job, including instrument maintenance, classroom management, and music instruction.
  • Helped lead music and marching rehearsal for groups as large as 175 students. 
  • Led small sectional rehearsals
  • Designed/refined drill and visual routines.
Aug 2009June 2016

Virtual Academy Instructor (Music/Art)

Solanco School District
  • Taught and monitored students taking an online Music/Arts course through the Solanco Virtual Academy
  • Developed a set of online resources for students to use in their pursuit of music/art education
Jan 1997Present

Private Music Instructor

Gave private music lessons to students learning to play the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Tuba
  • Saxophone

Have taught all ages, from late elementary through adult, though most of my students have been in middle/high school.

Aug 2001Jun 2004

High School/Middle School Music Teacher

Eastern York School District
  • Taught 6-8th grade general classroom music
  • Led 6th grade jazz band, with a focus on developing jazz and improvisation skills
  • Taught high school instrumental lessons
  • Taught a high school electronic music elective course
  • Led 6th grade chorus
  • Led a guitar/"rock band" club for 6-8th graders

Education

Aug 1997May 2001

Bachelor of Science

West Chester University
  • Participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and select groups, such as the Masterworks Chorus and Criterions Jazz Band
  • Member/graduate of the WCU Honors College
  • Initiate member of Omicron Delta Kappa honors fraternity
  • "The Quad" newspaper staff writer
  • Played intramural soccer and softball

Relevant Volunteer/Service Positions

  • Developed and facilitated a Sports Camp curriculum, held interviews, and made hiring decisions as a member of the Camp Donegal (governing) Committee (Airville, PA).
  • Treasurer, Pequea Valley Church Softball League
  • Play as a member of New Providence Church of God's Sunday morning Worship Team, as well as accompany various Solanco community choirs (keyboard, trumpet).
  • Served as weekly "coach" and chaplain for Camp Donegal summer programs
  • Communicated with Alumni and raised funds as Chairperson of the Bart Township Alumni Scholarship Committee (Georgetown, PA)

Interest

  • Board games
  • Watching sports (baseball, football)
  • Playing Rec League Sports (softball, flag football, kickball, dodgeball)
  • Writing
  • Playing/Composing Music

Summary

  • I am a creative problem solver who likes to work with people in a variety of environments, including online and group settings.
  • I value creative and critical thinking, humility, and a willingness to be a lifelong learner.
  • My backgrounds are varied and include: education, music performance, sports management, and online journalism.