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Sep 2007Present


Adelphi University

I am currently pursuing an MFA degree in poetry, and will complete my studies in May, 2011.

May 2004May 2005

Master of Arts

Adelphi University
Sep 2000May 2004

Bachelor of Arts

Work experience

Jan 2010Present

Peer Learning Assistant

  • Worked with undergraduate students and graduate students on a one-to-one basis to help them improve their writing skills
  • Advised students on how to self-edit grammatical errors, organizational problems, and problems in structure or argument
  • Taught test preparation classes for the verbal sections of the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT
  • Conducted informal English conversation sessions and reviewed basic grammar skills with English Language Learners
  • Represented the Learning Center at recruitment functions and open houses for prospective students
Jan 2010Present

Adjunct Professor

Adelphi University
  • Developed personal syllabus for a section of Introduction to Creative Writing, an undergraduate course
  • Utilize Moodle to continue class discussions and workshops outside of the classroom; monitored and tracked student performance
  • Facilitate group discussions and organize in-class workshops
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings
Feb 2006Jun 2009

7th and 8th Grade English Teacher

Massapequa Public Schools

  • Advised the school newspaper, The Berner Beacon, which was named “Best Middle School Newspaper” by Newsday, 2008
  • Incorporated differentiated instruction, technology, and character education into lessons on a daily basis
  • Prepared students for NYS ELA Exams
  • Contributed to summer curriculum writing projects
  • Acted as staff development teacher trainer to train colleagues on grading state assessments in accordance with state standards and grading rubrics
  • Guided students through completion of an extensive writing portfolio which included letter writing, persuasive essay writing, creative writing, and expository writing
  • Completed coursework for the “Intel: Teach for the Future” program
Aug 2005Feb 2006

Long Term Substitute

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD

  • Taught 7R and 7H English classes
  • Developed a unit on short stories that incorporated current NYS ELA standards for the 7th grade
  • Incorporated multicultural perspectives and balanced literature into units
  • Designed extensive poetry unit that encompassed literary terminology, literature, and creative writing; unit also included a research project that incorporated computer usage
  • Administrative duties included ISS/lunch detention room duty and weekly bus duty


Computer Skills
I am comfortable with PCs and Macs.  Specifically, I am highly competent in Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel (for PCs) and Keynote and Pages (for Mac).   As a teacher, I advised the school newspaper and used Publisher and Pages to create thirty-page publications.


Matthew Lavery

Mr. Lavery is the Director of the Learning Center at Adelphi University.

Richard Garner

Dean Garner heads the Honors College at Adelphi University.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Professor LaMon is the director of the MFA Program at Adelphi University, and currently teaches in the program.  


I'm a teacher and life-long learner seeking a challenging job that keeps me on my toes and keeps my mind full of strategies and new ideas. I like things that often scare people about jobs: public speaking, leading/being part of a team, analytical thinking, a fast-paced environment, and having little down time.

How do I define success? Having the guts to attempt to be a jack of all trades while mastering as many as I can. My interests are varied (knitting, tennis, baking, reading poetry) but many of the skills and the on the job experience that I possess will help me move toward my life's goal: to find a job that is challenging, fulfilling, and fast paced

Currently, I am seeking jobs in the fields of education, writing/editing, and auditing, but I am open to and ready for anything!

Original Publications

  • Writers' Bloc (Spring 2010)
  • The Write Room (Spring 2010, 2010)
  • Barefoot Muse (Winter 2007, 2008)
  • Symposium: the Honors College Journal of Ideas (2004,2005)
  • Adelphi University History Department Journal (2003)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Honorable Mention, Don Axinn Award for Creative Writing in Poetry (2009)
  • Honorable Mention, Best Essay in Literary Criticism, Theory, or History (2009)
  • Winner, Don Axinn Award for Creative Writing in Poetry (2005)
  • The Ruth St. Denis Prize for Outstanding Work in Fines Arts for senior thesis entitled “Found in Translation: the Villanelle, Pantoum, Rondeau, and Sestina in English Language Poetry (2004)
  • Adelphi University English Department Honors, Creative Writing (2004)
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Symposium: the Honors College Journal of Ideas (2004)
  • Adelphi University Presidential Scholarship


I enjoy reading, writing, crosswords, knitting, crochet, intelligent conversation, organizing, cleaning, laughing, trivia, and good times spent with family and friends.  


Sep 2005Sep 2011

New York State Initial Certification

New York State Department of Education