Work History

Work History

Contract Consultant (Summers of 2003 to 2006)

Innovative Designs for Education
  • Instructional Strategies, Educational Technology and Educational Reform.
  • Responsibilities include the development and implementation of professional development programs to include working with Jersey City teachers implementing problem based learning, differentiated instruction, development of rubrics, student centered classrooms.

Director - Camp Discovery (Summers of 2008 and 2009)

Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Responsible for the Instructional Leadership of 300 elementary students grades K-6 and 30 staff
    • Developed and implemented a rewarding summer program for students with organized classes in Science and Nature, Games and Athletics, Art, Theater, and World Discovery.
    • Selected and oversaw weekly field trips.
    • Class enrollments were 16 - 22 students, with a certified teacher and two counselors per group.
    • Evaluated performance via parent questionnaires which resulted in the highest evaluations in the history of the summer program.
Jul 2010 - Present

Principal, School No. 1

Fort Lee Board of Education
  • Responsible for the Instructional Leadership of 630 elementary students Pre-K to Grade 6 and 88 staff members.
  • Demonstrate Educational Leadership by a Shared Vision of Learning
    • Meeting AYP my first year of assuming the principal position through the collaborative work of staff and data driven action plans for students. Indicators not meeting AYP had been Students with Disabilities in Language Arts and Math and students who were Economically Disadvantaged in the area of Language Arts.
    • Effectively communicate through active involvement with regular staff meetings, grade level and cross-grade level meetings, attendance at all PTA functions, attendance at all board meetings, attendance at community events, and invitation of community members to school events.
    • Evaluating plans by all stakeholders including the "Principal's Cabinet".
  • Student Learning and Staff Professional Growth
    • Based upon the belief that all students can learn, developed and implemented collaborative classrooms in all grade levels consistent with the least restrictive environment to best meet the needs of the current special education population of 80 students. NJPASS results in Grade 2 with the collaborative model in the first year resulted in 88% of special education students scoring advanced proficient and 12% scoring proficient in math, and 50% scoring advanced proficient and 50% scoring advanced proficient in language arts. Prior to the collaborative model, student had been pulled out of the classroom for instruction and no student had scored advanced proficient.
    • Honoring and modeling life-long learning through the implementation of professional learning communities.
    • Model best practices in literacy based upon regular attendance at Teachers College reunions.
    • Implement strategies to meet the needs of all students as a result of becoming a GCS Fellow, following a Fellowship with Joseph Renzulli and University of Connecticut.
    • Support student learning through the execution of the I&RS process.
  • Ensuring a Safe, Efficient and Effective Learning Environment
    • Ensuring that the environment of School No. 1 is orderly, calm and safe providing a constructive climate for learning.
    • Assessing and addressing issues of safely in light of aging buildings.
  • Community Collaboration
    • Develop and implement ongoing successful Parent Workshops recognizing that parents are an integral part of a child's education. Parents were surveyed to best meet interests and needs. Workshops and materials were translated into three languages and childcare was provided. Topics included: Balanced literacy, NJASK, Homework Help, Self-Esteem, and Bullying. Over 100 parents and guardians attended.
    • Organized and conduct regular School Climate team meetings composed of parents and staff members.
    • Develop and implement School Parent Compact consistent with Title 1 requirements.
    • Invite key community member to school events such as Dr. Seuss Day and Earth Day.
  • Integrity, Fairness, and Ethics
    • Greet and welcome all students every morning.
    • Counsel students on a daily basis in academic, social, and emotional issues.
    • Implement consistent, well-documented disciplinary action procedures.
    • Support guidance initiatives to include: monthly character themes, peer mediators, K-6 buddies, Kelso's Choice, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
  • Influencing the Larger Political, Social, Economic, Legal and Cultural Context
    • Ensuring that all decision are based upon what is in the best interest of children.
Jul 2009 - Jul 2010

Instructional Supervisor - Schools No. 1 and 4

Fort Lee Board of Education
  • Responsible for support in the supervision and evaluation of elementary staff (K-6) in the content area expertise
    • K-6 staff development in all subject areas.
    • K-6 program assessment in all subject areas.
    • Track student progress and ensure each student's instructional needs are being met.
  • District responsibilities included:
    • Work with the Director of Curriculum and K-12 curriculum supervisors to achieve the goals of the State's Core Curriculum Content Standards, including technology integration into the K-6 curriculum.
    • Collaborate with K-12 curriculum supervisors in curriculum studies, articulation, and mapping to support curriculum development and dissemination.
    • Collaborate with the principals and K-12 curriculum supervisors in the review, evaluation, recommendation and adoption process for educational materials that support elementary classroom instruction.
    • Coordinate with all stake holders to determine K-12 district professional development needs, and provide content expertise and leadership in K-6 staff development by furnishing training, mentoring, and coaching in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
    • Participate in annual new teacher orientation and collaborate with elementary principals to provide ongoing new teacher training throughout the school year In collaboration with elementary principals and K-12 curriculum supervisors, support teachers in utilizing formatted assessment to drive instruction, and obtain feedback about data-driven instructional approaches and student achievement.
    • Collaborate with school media specialists and K-12 curriculum supervisors overseeing content-area collection in the school media centers to assure a coherent collection of K-12 resources for student and teachers.
    • Provide budgetary input regarding elementary instructional needs in content area.
    • In conjunction with elementary principals and K-12 curriculum supervisors, plan and conduct grade level meetings that facilitate program design, development, implementation, articulation, maintenance and evaluation as needed.
  • School and Community Relations
    • Promote on-going, two-way communications with student, school personnel, parents and others to enhance the educational program and the school district.
Sep 2008 - Jul 2009

Teacher - Lewis F. Cole Middle School

  • Seventh Grade Language Arts
    • Implemented balanced literacy.
    • Conducted professional development for peers for balanced literacy and cross curriculum opportunities.
    • Implemented learning centers that offered peer editing, quiet reading, and a classroom library stocked with books for every interest.
    • Challenged students through critical thinking, writing and reading.
    • Maintained daily routines and established classroom rules.
    • Demonstrated disciplined requirements that were a reflection of high expectations for all students both in behavior and academics.
    • Met the needs of all students based upon differentiation of instruction.
    • Participated in district activities and shared professional expertise.
    • Infused technology into all lessons.
Sep 1999 - Jul 2008

Teacher - Elementary and Middle School

Old Tappan Board of Eduction
  • Fourth Grade Self-Contained Classroom
  • Fifth Grade Self-Contained Classroom
  • Fifth Grade Language Arts
  • Sixth Grade Language Arts
  • Fifth Grade Music
  • Seventh Grade Language Arts
  • Eighth Grade Language Arts

Achievements

  • Successfully piloted looping from fourth to fifth grade.
  • Successfully piloted Problem Based Learning which later became a district goal.
  • Developed and implemented a Character Education Program for the fifth grade.
  • Honored by the Secretary of the State of New Jersey, DeForest B. Soaries, as being one of the five schools in New Jersey to implement the V Free Program.
  • Worked with Isoke Nia, Director, Reading and Writing Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, to develop a reading and writing curriculum for Charles DeWolf Middle School.
  • Secured and implemented High Five Grant, an Integrated Language Arts and Journalism Curriculum for Middle School students. Selected as one out of four schools in New Jersey; selected as one of twelve teachers in the United States.
Jul 2005 - Jul 2008

Contract Consultant

The Record
  • Curriculum Development for Newspapers in Education

Education

Education

Teachers College

Columbia University

Graduate work, Summer Institutes, and Reunions

Jul 2007 - Present

Fellowship with Joseph Renzulli, “Confratuate”

University of Connecticut
2004

M.A.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Cumulative Grade Point Average 4.0

1999

M.A.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Cumulative Grade Point Average 4.0

1975

B.A.

Susquehanna University