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The 2011/2012 school year marks my twenty-second year as a teacher in the Hartford School system.  I began as a substitute where I did a long term assignment for the Library Media Specialist at Kennelly School.  I decided that being a Library Media Specialist was an exciting possibility for me that I would later pursue.  My first teaching assignment was at Mary M. Hooker School as a grade 2, 3 and 4 classroom teacher.  I taught fourth grade for several years and was so excited to have four Mac LC IIIs and an ImageWriter printer right in my classroom! My interest in using and teaching with technology began to change the way I thought about teaching.   I began to explore what the impact of technology resources had on me, my instruction and most importantly on how my students learned.  At this time, I also began the Masters of Library Science program at Southern Connecticut State University.  I began my Library Media teaching career at Henry C. Dwight Elementary School in 1999 where I took  an outdated collection and created an automated 7,000 volume collection that reflects some of the best titles in children's literature.  We also had the good fortune to enjoy a radical transformation in how Dwight School students learned through classroom access to SMART Boards and a new technologically rich curriculum.  During those early years I created numerous professional development opportunities for staff to incorporate all aspects of technology from webmail, PowerPoint, Excel, Word to SMART Board software lesson design.  Now, several years into our technology infusion, my role has changed to full-time Technology Teacher. This year marks the first year the Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy is in session. A new school theme brings new technology challenges which I embrace daily! I continue to search for web 2.0 resources to enhance my technology skills and teaching repertoire to excite and challenge my tech savvy students!

Work experience

Aug 2010Present

Technology Teacher

Hartford Public Schools- Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy
Aug 1999Jun 2010

Library Media Specialist

Hartford Public Schools- Henry C. Dwight Elementary School
Mar 1992Jun 1999

Elementary Classroom Teacher

Hartford Public Schools- Mary M. Hooker Elementary School


Aug 2000Present

Master of Library Science

Southern Connecticut State University
May 1990Present


College of Our Lady of the Elms
Sep 1988Present

Study Abroad Program

Richmond College


iPad use in Elementary Instruction
SMART Board Proficient
Technology Professional Development for Teachers
Library Collection Development