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Summary

I want to be part of the process that increases rigor and success not only in our school, but within our district through creative changes. I believe that we learn by doing, so I envision a successful classroom that is busy with collaborative conversations, problem solving activities, and student centered learning. 

My vocation is to motivate students to continuously seek out opportunities to learn within and outside of the classroom.  I want to inspire them to ask questions regarding their everyday observations and constantly push themselves beyond their comfort zone to learn new skills and accept greater challenges without allowing the fear of failure to stop them. 

I hope to increase Advanced Academic success by providing our teachers the resources and training to teach their students the learning skills necessary to succeed in Advanced/AP classes and score successfully on the AP exams. This will be accomplished through an organized summer program that can be accessed by the entire student population and through year long collaboration between all teachers who teach advanced academic courses.

Work History

Jul 2013Present

Science Department Chair

Hayfield Secondary School

*   Manage instructional resource budget

*   Act as a liason between department members and school administration

*   Act a liason between department members and county instructional administrators

*   Organize and manage the school science fair

*   Assist administration with hiring and teacher schedules

*   Assist administration with professional development

Aug 2011Present

Chemistry Teacher

Hayfield Secondary School

*   Develop and implement lesson plans, activities and labs to support the program of   studies for General Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry and team taught chemistry

*   Prepare students for the end of the year SOL (Ave 85% pass rate)

*   Collaborate with the Chemistry team to improve rigor and differentiation

*   Successfully collaborate as a team teacher with Special Education


Jan 2011Apr 2011

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

Hayfield Secondary School

*   Create and implement lesson plans for Biology, Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science

*    Maintain grade book and blackboard account for primary teacher out on maternity leave

*   Collaborate with the Biology CLT

Jan 2010May 2010

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

Carl Sandburg Middle School

*  Create and implement lesson plans for 8th grade science curriculum for a vacated position

*   Prepare the students for the end of the year SOL exam

*   Collaborate with the Middle School Science Team

Sep 2009Dec 2009

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

West Potomac High School

* Create and implement lesson plans for Biology as well as Anatomy  & Physiology classes

*  Maintain grade book and blackboard account for primary teacher out on maternity leave

*   Collaborate with other members of the science department

*  Returned as a long term sub for a Chemistry teacher at the start of May to prepare students for the SOL

Sep 2004May 2009

Music and Art Teacher

Virginia Hills Baptist Pre-School

* Created and implemented curriculum for pre-school music instruction

*  Created a new pre-school art program to support pre-school teachers

*  Organized and produced the end of the year and Christmas showcase music programs

Education

Sep 2011Dec 2013

Continuing Education

Trinity University and Phoenix University

Completion of course work necessary to satisfy the requirements for a provisional license.  Classes completed were: Human Growth and Development, Curriculum and Instructional Procedures, Foundations of Education, Classroom and Behavior Management and Reading in the Content Area.  Cumulative GPA was a 4.0.

Aug 1983Jun 1987

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a Business Concentration

University of Richmond

In addition to degree coursework, I worked 20-30 hours per week as a waitress and lab assistant and Head Resident. 

Additional Information

* Praxis certified in Chemistry

* Science Olympiad Coach 2012-2014

* Science Honor Society sponsor 2012-present

* Gave up planning period to co-teach vacated AVID class December 2015-Present

* Awarded SMGS grant for Science Courtyard Improvement

* Interim AP Coordinator: Currently in the process of drafting Advanced Academics Grant for the 2016-17 school year and advocating for school to participate in a pilot program that will assist in data collection to analyze successful teaching methods in the AP classrooms.

* Member of National Science Teachers Association

* Level 1 Certified Lacrosse Coach

* Career prior to teaching was as a Certified Safety Professional where I held a position as a Senior Loss Control Representative at Chubb Insurance Companies.  Within this position I worked with large commercial clients such as the World Bank, Fannie Mae, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation implementing Disaster Plans and assisting them with Safety and Security plans to minimize property and liability losses.  I held this position from June 1987 until December 1997 when I decided to take time off to raise my children.