Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Jul 2014 - present

Director of Education

Laurel Springs School
  • Develop and implement the strategic plan for Laurel Springs School’s educational program and curriculum
  • Assure academic outcomes that exceed national averages and grade level standards
  • Manage the assessment of all education initiatives and oversee the accreditation program for Laurel Springs
  • Manage all reporting needs for the Education Department and stakeholders including the appropriate administration of grants
  • Hire and supervise deans, department heads, managers, teachers, coordinators, and specialists in the Education Department (Teacher Services, Counseling, Curriculum, Assessment & Compliance)
  • Ensure that teachers exhibit and maintain a high level of professionalism, instructional support and customer service
  • Work with cross-functional teams to manage projects and improve processes for the school
  • Oversee budget and forecasting for the Education Department including management of the expenditures in cooperation with Finance Department to meet financial obligations
  • Provide guidance and expertise for the selection, development, and revision of curriculum materials
  • Work closely with the Director of Human Resources to develop and deliver professional development and training for deans, department heads, managers, teachers, coordinators, and specialists in the Education and various other departments as appropriate.
  • Assist the Director of Partnerships with the strategy to support partnerships with other schools, both blended and fully online implementations
  • Plan and support the integration of Laurel Springs School programs to support both professional development and classroom instruction with partnerships
  • Negotiate and manage national contracts relating to educational services
  • Create, deliver and support presentations to the Board of Directors and others parties interested in LSS educational programs
  • Represent LSS at educational conferences and with membership in various associations
Jul 2012 - Jun 2014

Academic Dean

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
  • Provided academic leadership for the faculty, students, parents, and larger community

  • Supervised instruction for all teachers grades 6-12 through classroom visitations, goal meetings, as well as formal and informal evaluations

  • Reviewed curriculum and evaluated curriculum in its scope and sequence using backward design

  • Designed online and print versions of the Curriculum Guide

  • Created the Master Schedule through Senior Systems.  Responsible for the creation of all testing and special schedules.

  • Responsible for academic grade reporting and review through My Backpack

  • Directly supervised Department Chairs and the Learning Support Specialist

  • Worked in conjunction with the IT Department to move the School to a Google Apps platform and a Bring Your Own Device program.  Provided instructional support to teachers through weekly workshops.

  • Coordinated High School Graduation, Academic Awards Assembly, AP Exams, Follett Book Orders, Act 90 materials, Back to School Night, Ninth Grade Parent Meeting,  and conferences

  • Served as Acting Principal in the absence of the Principal

  • Collaboratively worked with administrators and teachers to design, implement, and review the PBC (Performance Based Compensation) for faculty

  • Sat on the following committees:  JS Admissions, HS Admissions, Curriculum, Academic Affairs (sub-committee of the board), PBC
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012

Curriculum Specialist PreK-8

Montgomery School
  • Developed and organized professional development throughout the school year including a summer novel study of Habits of Mind, workshop with Bena Kallick, and a screening/discussion of Race to Nowhere
  • Held division coffees for the parent community on curricular initiatives
  • Responsible for driving the work of the Department Chairs
  • Met and set goals with all Department Chairs for the upcoming school year
  • Designed a cloud based curriculum mapping system for all teacher to utilize
  • Responsible for the professional development program for teachers and administrators
  • Utilized Google Apps to create collaborative digital report cards and recommendations for secondary school placement
  • Individually supported PreK-8 teachers in technology and curriculum on a weekly basis
  • Co-implemented the Singapore Math program for grades PreK-2 as a math coach
  • Created workshops and professional development for the implementation of Singapore Math into the Lower School curriculum
  • Designed a meeting schedule for all departments and divisions for the entire year
  • Planned full faculty meetings with a focus on professional development
  • Spearheaded curricular initiatives in six traits writing, portfolio assessment, Singapore Math, Habits of Mind, Google, and Stratalogica
Sep 2001 - Jun 2012

Middle School Teacher, Humanities Department Chair

Montgomery School
  • Taught 5th grade language arts and math, 6th grade language arts and science, as well as 7th and 8th grade language arts
  • Served as Humanities Department Chair since 2004
  • Designed and implemented a middle school advisory program for grades 6-8
  • Created a global, integrated humanities curriculum for grades K-8
  • Integrated web 2.0 technologies throughout the middle school language arts curriculum with a focus on blogging
  • Guided students by using Socratic Dialoguing as well as the Harkness Discussion method
  • Facilitated a curriculum team of board members, parents, teachers, and community leaders while scripting the new strategic plan
  • Differentiated and individualized instruction for students of various ability levels within the classroom
  • Conceptualized and developed the make.a.difference project, an intensive year long interdisciplinary project focusing on a person or organization who made a positive difference in the world
  • Individualized instruction using netbooks in a 1:1 classroom setting
  • Piloted a Google Apps program in my 7th and 8th grade classes in order to move my instruction to a digital writing workshop model
Sep 1999 - Aug 2001

4th Grade Teacher, Charlestown Elementary School

Great Valley School District
  • Taught advanced language arts, above grade level math, social studies, science, health, and computer skills in an inclusion-based classroom
  • Co-taught with gifted and special education teachers for math and language arts
  • Utilized various multiple forms of assessments and student reflections including student led conferences
  • Involved in many IST and IEP procedures
Sep 1994 - Aug 1999

7th Grade Teacher, Bala Cynwyd Middle School

Lower Merion School District
  • Co-taught with a learning support teacher for 2 out of 5 classes on a large team with 110 students
  • Wrote, developed and implemented a pilot program called Communique based on discovery learning and multiple intelligence theory
  • Facilitated block scheduling for a program that is project-based andcontent-driven that teaches 40 students of all ability levels
  • Included the Communique four main goals of communications, connectedness, critical thinking, and cooperative learning into each unit of study
  • Utilized portfolio assessment and other alternative assessments along with traditional means of assessment for the non-graded, rubric-based program

Awards

Recent Workshops and Trainings

Objective

To pursue a leadership role in a public or private educational institution as an educator or as an administrator in curriculum instruction or design.

Philosophy

The purpose of education, in my opinion, is to teach the whole child while giving students meaningful experiences that connect subjects, ideas, as well as people. By teaching character education and values along with a 21st Century curriculum, students will be prepared for their future roles as citizens and employees. They will be able to work collaboratively, be problem solvers, and have an understanding and tolerance for people who are different than them. Students are entering a flat world, where they will be expected to interact with people their parents never imagined working with, which makes teaching the whole child a vital part of education today. My goal is to learn as much from my students and faculty as they learn from me.

Consulting

Trustee

Web 2.0 Proficiencies and Initiatives

  • I have been a PLP fellow and an active member in the PLP Leading Edge Community.
  • I utilize the following programs on a daily basis in my classroom:  google docs, google apps, blogger, wordpress, wiki, skype, voicethread, twiducate, photostory, twitter, podcasting, smartboard technology, NING, prezi, diigo, social bookmarking, google reader, smartphone technology, flip camera technology, picasa, movie maker, youtube, slideshare, Stratalogica, Livescribe pens and pencasts, android tablet use for education, Google+ and many more.
  • I co-moderate a New Teacher Chat #ntchat on twitter on Wednesday nights to help support new teachers around the world.

Professional Organizations

Certifications

Certifications
May 1994 - present

Elementary K-6, Level II

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Jun 2011 - present

PA Principal K-12

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Jul 2011 - present

Certificate of Singapore Math Teacher Training

SDE