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Elementary School Teacher, K-5 (NJ Standard Certificate)

Middle School Mathematics, 5-8 (NJ Math Specialization Certificate)

Math Basic Skills Teacher (K-8)& Title -1- Instructor

Pursuing Teacher of Students with Disabilities, K-12 (NJ State Certificate)

Teacher Certification

NJ Standard Certificate for an Elementary School Teacher (K-5) with

NJ Mathematics Specialization in Grades 5-8 (Standard Certificate)

Summary

  • Interested in integrating educational technologies meaningfully and thoughtfully into the curriculum such as ipads, Smartboards, polling, and other educational web resources.
  • Experienced in developing and working with rubric assessment.
  • Motivated, excellent sense of humor, quick thinker, strong problem solving ability, high mathematical and mechanical aptitude, artistic and creative, organized, reliable, conscientious, and dedicated to student learning.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective multitasking skills and successful at meeting deadlines.
  • Works well with others and open minded to new ideas.
  • Played a principal role in the upbringing of my nine year old daughter and three year old son.
  • Traveled, studied, and worked abroad.

Education

Sep 2010Present

Teacher of Students with Disabilities (N.J. State Certificate)

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Sep 2004Jun 2006

Master of Arts in Teaching

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Sep 1988Jun 1992

Bachelor of Science and Business Administration

University of Hartford

Work experience

Sep 2009Jun 2010

Sixth Grade Mathematics Teacher

B.U.I.L.D. Academy

Sixth Grade Mathematics Teacher & Second Grade Math Basic Skills Teacher, B.U.I.L.D. Academy (Grades 1-8), Paterson, New Jersey

Principal: Mrs. Rosalie Bespalko

(September 2009 – June 2010): School Closed in June 2010

  • Designed and taught my own lesson plans following the NJCCCS to prepare sixth graders for the NJASK exams.
  • Provided differentiated instruction individually and in small groups, thereby reaching all students of varying levels and abilities.
  • Fine-tuned classroom management strategies through the development of a structured, consistent, and nurturing classroom environment.
  • Planned, prepared, and organized materials for thematic units, and encouraged interactivity, active learning, and creativity in classroom activities.
  • Collaborated with parents, fellow faculty, and school administrators to promote individual student learning.
  • Provided mathematic reinforcement and basic skills to second graders in small groups.
Sep 2006Jun 2008

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Lodi, New Jersey

Principal: Mr. Robert Sciolaro

(September 2006 – June 2008): 2 Year Maternity Leave Position

  • Taught two sixth and two seventh grade NJASK classes.
  • Taught two eighth grade Tittle-1- classes.
  • Designed and taught my own lesson plans following the NJCCCS to prepare sixth, seventh, and eighth graders for the NJASK exams.
  • Worked with special education students in the classroom as well as taught, individually and in small groups, students at all levels and abilities.
  • Utilized effective teaching and classroom management strategies such as differentiation, hands-on approaches, and interdisciplinary activities.
  • Participated in many after-school activities with the students such as faculty versus student basketball games and chaperoned student dances.
Sep 2004Jun 2006

Substitute Teacher

Tenafly School District

Substitute Teacher, Tenafly School District, Tenafly, New Jersey

(September 2004 – June 2006)

  • Taught lessons in all subject areas, K-12.
  • Developed detailed reports for teachers explaining the class activities during their absence.
Jan 2005May 2005

Apprenticeship Teaching

Seven / Eight School

Hackensack Middle School (Seven / Eight School), Hackensack, New Jersey

Principal: Mr. Yannarelli

Apprenticeship Teaching (Spring 2005)Cooperating Teacher: Mr. Rhymer

  • Designed and taught extensive lessons following the NJCCCS to eighth grade pre-algebra and algebra students.
  • Used traditional methods, manipulatives, and technology to reinforce mathematical concepts.
  • Worked with special education teachers in the classroom as well as taught, individually and in small groups, students at all levels and abilities.
  • Assisted Mr. Rhymer on two Saturdays to prepare students for the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (G.E.P.A.).
  • Attended the Pupil Assistance Committee (PAC), Positive Behavior Support in School Committee (PBSIS), and New Jersey Junior Honor Society.
  • Participated in grade-level curriculum and interdisciplinary team planning meetings, committee conferences to discuss student progress and interpret school and state expectations, parent-student conferences, and many after school events.
Sep 1994Aug 2004

President

D & S Enterprises, Inc.

President: D & S Enterprises, Inc., Hackensack, New Jersey

(September 1994 - August 2004)

  • Owned and managed a bicycle and fitness retail store.
  • Handled merchandizing, purchasing, advertising, hiring and training of employees, supervising employees, inventory control, sales promotions, accounting, assisting and satisfying customers, neighborhood networking, and working closely with vendors.
  • Provided bicycle safety workshops to children at local schools.