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Work History

Sep 2015Present

Teacher Librarian

Somerville Middle School
  • Manages a  library serving a ethnically, economically and socially diverse population over 300 students and 40 teachers and staff members
  • Built and maintains a  school library web portal and professional development sites
  • Works with teachers to provide technology and research lessons to support classroom studies across all areas of study
  • Created a Makerspace which serves all the students in the school
  • Creates an open and inviting environment conducive to effective learning and collaboration
  • Trained teachers and staff how to implement a variety of technological tools into the curriculum
May 2014Aug 2015

Coordinating Supervisor of Educational Technology and 6-12 STEAM      

Parsippany-Troy Hills School District
  • Supervisor to K-12 Librarians, Middle School Computer and Multi-Media Teachers and T.V. Production Teachers for the District
  • Point person for 6-12 STEAM implementation for the District
  • Coordinates and develops the district's technology plan
  • Develops Professional Development Plan for the District
  • Trains teachers on effective use of technology in the classroom
  • Works with teachers to develop and write curriculum for computer, library and STEAM classes
  • Created Districts Course Selection iBook 
  • Transformed  Curriculum Writing Process through implementation of Google Apps
  • Created Makerspaces in each of the 14 school libraries 
May 2015Jul 2015

Educational Consulant

Sage Educational Consultants LLC
  •  As part of an an agreement reached over a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) South Orange/ Mapewood School District hiredl Sage to help the district address the underrepresentation of African-American students in high level classes identified in the complaint.

  • Offers knowledge and expertise in finding ways to address the achievement gap issues.
  • Coordinates communications for Sage Consulting with the community
Sep 2011May 2014

Teacher Librarian  

South Orange Middle School
  • Managed a  library serving a ethnically, economically and socially diverse population over 700 students and 80 teachers and staff members
  • Built and maintained school library web portal and professional development sites
  • Worked with teachers to provide technology and research lessons to support classroom studies across all areas of study
  • Created and sustained  an open and inviting environment conducive to effective learning and collaboration
  • Coordinated SOMS book club, Minecraft club, Sphero club, parent volunteers and after-school student helpers
  • First to conceive of and implement an e-reader based lending library in district which now includes 34 Nook devices loaded with over 100 titles
  • First in the district to bring Augmented Reality to the schools and to use with students
  • Piloted one-on-one computing 
  • Trained teachers and staff how to implement a variety of technological tools into the curriculum
  • Supervised and trained numerous student teachers 
Sep 2005Jun 2011

Teacher Librarian

Columbia High School
  • One of three Library Media Specialists to work with student population over 1,800
  • Worked with teachers to provide lessons to support classroom studies
  • Fostered work-study and parent volunteer programs
Sep 2001Jun 2003

Teacher Librarian

Highland Park Middle/High School
  • Managed library serving grades 6 - 12
  • Worked with Child Study Team to create a library based work-study program specifically targeting special needs
    students
  • Worked with teachers to provide lessons to support classroom studies
Sep 2000Jun 2001

Special Education Teacher

Washington Academy
  • Taught U.S. History to severely emotionally disturbed and mentally handicapped children ages 8-18
  • Small group instructor for Reading, Writing, and Spelling
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans for the Wilson Reading and Spelling Program
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans for SRA Reading Program
Sep 1998Jun 2000

Social Studies Teacher

West Orange High School
  • Teacher of World History and United States History
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans and activities within the framework of the established curricula for World and U.S. History
  • Assessed students progress through written, oral, individual and group projects

Accrediations

  • New Jersey School Librarian K-12
  • New Jersey Elementary Education K-5
  • New Jersey Social Studies Education K-12
  • New Jersey Supervisory Certification
  • Google Certified Educator

Education

2013

Education Supervisory Certification Program           

Seton Hall University
2002

Master of Arts, Education/Library Science      

Seton Hall University
1998

Bachelor of Science, History and Secondary Education        

Seton Hall University

Professional Affiliations & Committees 

  • President Elect, ISTE Librarians Network (ISTE)
  • Social Media Awards Committee Member, American Library Association (ALA)
  • ISTE Representative , New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL)
  • Past - Professional Development Chairman, ISTE Librarians Network
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Educational Technologists (NJAE)
  • District Technology Committee
  • District Professional Development Committee  
  • School based Literacy Leadership Committee 
  • Edmodo Certified Trainer
  • Edmodo Support Ambassador
  • GlogsterEDU Ambassador  
  • Google Certified Educator

Awards

  • 2016 PBS Learning Media Local Digital Innovator 
  • 2014 Bammy Award Winner - School Librarian Category 
  • 2014 Edublog Finalist for Best Open PD, Unconferences, or Webinar Series
  • Featured in an 2014 PBS Documentary on Technology in the Classroom - School Sleuth The Case of the Wired Classroom
  • 2013 New Jersey Association of School Librarians Jean Harris Progressive School Library Program of the Year Recipient 
  • 2013 ISTE Make IT Happen Award 
  • 2013 Edublog Best of the Web Winner - Best Use of Video and Media &  Finalist for Best Podcast or Hangout

Professional Development Presentations

Augmented Reality in the Classroom 
ISTE - June 2013
Tech Speed Dating - January 2014
Edcamp NJ - November 2013
WETech - March 2014
NJECC - March 2014, January 2015
ISTE - June 2014
ISTE Librarians Network Webinar - May 2015
Student Data & Achievement Summit - May 2015
ISTE - June 2015
ISTE - June 2016
Tennessee Library Associations Conference - November 2016


Branding Your School and Library
NJECC - February 2014
ISTE - June 2014
Keynote Address - October 2014
Hunterdon County Library Association - February 2016

Makerspaces and You Perfect Together
Nashville School Librarians - March 2016
Somerville Data Summit - May 2016
NJECC - January 2016


Breaking down the classroom walls with Google Hangout
Edcamp Philly - May 2013
Teach Meet NJ - August 2013
Edscape - October 2013
NJAET - October 2013, October 2014
NJEA - November 2014
NJECC - January 2015

Creating and Using QR Codes in Schools and Libraries
NJASL Conference – December 2011 & 2012
4T Virtual Conference – May 2012
Teach Meet NJ – August 2012 
NJAET – October 2012

Marketing Your Library 
ISTE - June 2014
Library 2.0 Conference - October 2014
NJECC - January 2015
NJECC - January 2016
Hunterdon County Library Association - February 2016
Bergen County Library Association - May 2016

Using Edmodo in the Classroom
Edscape – October 2012
NJASL Conference – December 2012
NJASA Techspo – January 2013
NJASA Spring Conference - May 2013
Edmodocon - August 2013
NJEA - November 201, November 2014
NJECC - January 2014
WETech - March 2014
NJECC - March 2014

Using Livebinders and Evernote in the Classroom
Edscape – October 2012
Edcamp NJ – December 2012
Reader and Writer’s Workshop (Columbia University Teachers’ College) – February 2013
WeTech - March 2013
NJASA Spring Conference - May 2013
4T Virtual Conference - May 2013

Using Twitter and Pinterest to Create a PLN
NJASL Conference – December 2012
NJASA Techspo – January 2013
KNAPP Elementary– February 2013
WeTech – March 2013
2013 School Leadership Summit– March 2013
Guest Lecturer Stockton College – March 2013
4T Virtual Conference - May 2013
NJEA - November 2013

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Social Media Contributions

Interviews

Media Mentions