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To make a difference in the lives of adolescents by teaching Middle or Secondary Social Studies.


My foremost goal is to be able to make a difference in the lives of adolescents, and I hope to be able to do this as a Middle/Secondary Social Studies Teacher. Preparation for this goal includes my current experience as an Ed. Tech II, and also includes student teaching in Jay High School and Mountain Valley Middle School. I have gained more informal experience as a Fire Safety Educator and a Tutor.

Work experience

Sep 2009Present

Ed Tech II

Aiding students with developmental disabilities in contained classrooms and assisting differentiation for students with behavioral challenges and learning disabilities in the mainstream.
May 2009Aug 2009

Fire and Life Safety Educator

Office of the State Fire Marshal
A summer internship through the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. I taught fire safety techniques to nearly 1,000 children in all 16 of Maine's counties.
Nov 2006Jan 2009

GEAR-UP! Tutor

UMF Partnerships for Success
Tutored students in academics and college preparation in grades 5-12. Worked in a variety of Middle/Secondary Schools in Jay, Dixfield, and Rumford. Maine.


Project-based Learning
I am a firm believer that students learn best when given authentic, project-based assignments. The aforementioned Presidency Wiki is the best example of my dedication to this philosophy, but I have also had students right nominations  for Presidential Cabinet positions to help them better understand the process and duties of the executive branch of government.
Integrating Technology
This year I have been able to work in a school that initiated a 1-to-1 laptop initiative, something I was prepared for through my coursework and student teaching. During my time as a student teacher I used a SmartBoard to help decode a primary source document, had students create Wikis on a President as a formative assessment, and utilized Google Earth to to demonstrate the locations of historical events.
As an Ed Tech II I have been able to pick up on best practices in differentiation from master teachers this year while working with students with special needs. I was also able to gain experience with this crucial skill while student teaching in inclusive environments.





University of Maine at Farmington


Jul 2011

#200 Social Studies 7-12

Maine Department of Education