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Margaret Hayes

Educator. Leader. Learner.



M.Ed., Moderate Specials Needs and Elementary Education

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

B.A., Elementary Education and Human Development

Boston College, Lynch School of Education


Elementary Education K-6

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Reading Specialist

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Elementary Education, 1-6

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Work experience

Jan 2016Present

Adjunct Professor

Saint Joseph's University

Teach special education courses for graduate students. Instruct online sections of Inclusive Classroom Practices as well as Family, Schools, and Community.  Communicate objectives, content, and feedback digitally.  Provide guidance with course curriculum, structure, and field experience requirements. Facilitate discussions, oversee community agency visits, and provide thorough assessment reports.  Taught one undergraduate course on campus in Spring 2016 and five online graduate courses to date.

Aug 2001Present

Fourth Grade Teacher

Garnet Valley Elementary School

Teach regular, gifted, and special education students in an inclusion classroom.  Design coherent, effective learning experiences with a rigorous, responsive curriculum. Integrate use of iPads to engage and challenge students in all subjects. Co-teach with a special education teacher; collaborate to analyze student data, set instructional outcomes, and differentiate. Use workshop model for instruction in math, reading, writing workshop; provide authentic word study instruction. Communicate with parents digitally to inform about curriculum and classroom learning. Serve on the School Planning, School Environment, and PSSA Core committees; participate in the Connected Leadership cohort and faculty book clubs. Present sessions on staff professional development days.  

Aug 2004Present

Team Leader

Garnet Valley Elementary School 

Lead grade level educators of regular and special education.  Facilitate weekly meetings to provide information and support team development. Promote professional dialogue about school initiatives, best practice, and student data.  Coach team members in the planning and implementation of goals. Communicate feedback with administration. Organize and share agendas, notes, and resources using Google Drive.  Plan grade level events such as field trips, assemblies, and service projects.  

Jun 2001Aug 2006

Director of Aquatics

ESF Summer Camps, The Haverford School

Supervised team to monitor the safety and instruction of hundreds of children per day. Trained aquatics staff in effective, responsive swim instruction. Organized weekly staff training of safety drills. Gave performance reviews and hosted regular feedback conferences. Wrote curriculum for leveled instruction; designed progress reports to communicate skills taught and mastered.

Aug 1998Jun 2001

Fifth Grade Teacher and Athletic Coach

Episcopal Academy

Implemented a workshop approach for reading and writing to differentiate according to students' needs, interests, and learning styles.  Conducted service learning activities with whole class.  Served on the Admissions Committee.  Assisted in coaching Varsity Water Polo, Middle School Swimming and Track & Field.

Sep 1997Jun 1998

Special Education Liasion and Co-Teacher

The Edward Devotion School, Brookline, MA

Taught third grade in a diverse, literacy rich classroom; monitored progress and educational services of special education students.  Wrote IEPs and conducted IEP meetings with parents.  Provided intervention in ELL, reading, and writing.

Sep 1997Mar 1998

Assistant Swim Coach

Boston College

Coached NCAA Division I Boys and Girls' Teams.  Designed multi-tiered workouts; recruited incoming freshman; planned travel for large group.  Provided performance feedback as well as academic and personal guidance for team members.  

Professional Development

Penn Literacy Network Courses:

  • 1: Forming & Reforming Reading Writing Talking Across the Curriculum 
  • 13A: Literacy Study Group -Reading Workshop
  • 13B: Literacy Study Group - Writing Workshop
  • 18B: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum Infused with Technology

Garnet Valley Schoology Course: Learning Mathematics - Jo Boaler

NCTM Math Forum Course: Differentiated Math Instruction - Using Rich Tasks 

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project - Saturday Reunions (bi-annual 2016 - present)

PAWLP Fellow, West Chester University

PA LETRS Training, Modules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Technology Academy, credits through Neumann University

Math Academy, credits through Kutztown University

Recent Presentations

PA Department of Education SAS Conference 2018:  Building Culture, Growing Mindsets, Enhancing instruction to Prepare Students with Skills for a Global Society

Garnet Valley Staff Professional Development 2018:  Mathematical Mindsets: Transforming Your Math Community

Garnet Valley School Board Presentation 2017:  Using a Workshop Approach

Garnet Valley Staff Professional Development 2017:  

  • Math Workshop: Empowering Learners to Deepen Understanding 
  • Facilitating Accountable Talk in Reading Workshop and Beyond


Dr. Jason Kotch, Principal, Garnet Valley Elementary School, [email protected]

Caitlin Jones, Assistant Principal, Garnet Valley Elementary School, [email protected] 

Sheila Frederick, Instructional Support Teacher, Garnet Valley Elementary School, [email protected]