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Education

20122014

Online Graduate Courses

Colorado State University

Continued education by taking education courses related to technology.

20072011

Bachelor of Arts

Elon University

Special Education and Elementary Education

Certifications

20152021

Professional Certificate

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

-Early Childhood Education Grades PK-4

-Special Education PK-8

-Library Science PK-12

20112016

Virginia Collegiate Professional License

Commonwealth of Virginia

-Elementary Education K-6

-Special Education K-12

What are we doing in school today?

Below are some examples of lessons plans, pictures, and other items to get a glimpse of inside the classroom.

Work History

August 2016Present

Second Grade Teacher- Long Term Substitute

Peters Township School District, McMurray
  • General education teacher in second grade class with 23 students. 
  • Expands the range of learning through whole class, individual, and small group instruction
  • Communicates with parents through weekly newsletters, emails, and parent-teacher conferences
  • Establishes positive relationships with students, parents, fellow teachers and school administrators/staff
  • Facilitates classroom learning for the purpose of improving student success in academic, interpersonal and daily living skills
  • Manage student behavior to provide a safe and optimal learning environment
  • Implements the state and district approved curricula to ensure that all students meet grade level standards/expectations
May 2016June 2016

Special Education Extended Substitute Teacher

Peters Township School District, McMurray, PA
  • Extended substitute teacher in a special education fourth grade inclusion classroom with 20 students on the caseload
  • Execute lesson plans to the highest ethical and educational standards
  • Maintain the established routines and procedures of the school and classroom
  • Implement engaging learning activities for students
  • Attend to the safety and welfare needs of children in a class
  • Conduct teaching assessments of children
  • Encourage high standards of behavior
August 2016Present

Substitute Teacher

Canon-McMillan and Peters Township School Districts, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Maintain the established routines and procedures of the school and classroom
  • Implement engaging learning activities for students
  • Attend to the safety and welfare needs of children in a class
  • Encourage high standards of behavior
Aug 2011Jun 2015

First Grade Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

● Focused on planning engaging, inquiry-based lesson plans that align with curriculum guidelines set by Fairfax County Public School District

● Prioritized the integration of technology in all curriculum areas using materials such as document cameras, mobile labs, SMART Boards, and MyOn books

● Strengthened the parent-teacher and parent-child communication by holding regular parent-teacher conferences and consistently communicating through weekly newsletters, Blackboard, and direct emails

● Led weekly planning meetings with grade level teammates in a Professional Learning Community, exhibiting strong collaboration skills by focusing on curriculum and student progress

● Worked with the school's special education staff to design behavioral models for students who have been diagnosed with autism, attention deficit order, and other learning impairments

● Maintained thorough and detailed records of student progress by diligently observing and assessing student performance

● Identified early signs of emotional and developmental problems in students and follow up with parents

● Administered the Development Reading Assessment(DRA2) to guide instruction and gauge reading progress throughout the year

Aug 2012Aug 2014

Private Tutor

Fairfax, VA

● Tutored multiple students per week, specializing in math and reading, to continue growth throughout the summer

● Asked by numerous families to tutor previous students individually to help with difficult subject areas

● Prioritized working with students to develop academic confidence and study skills; received positive feedback from parents, resulting in consistent referrals

Aug 2008May 2011

University Guide

Elon University

● Nominated and selected to be part of a small group of students to represent Elon University, providing tours to prospective students and families

● Counseled prospective students regarding academic programs and admissions requirements

● Assisted in development of informational sessions and recruitment events

● Participated in the development of admissions brochures and videos using own personal Elon experiences

Leadership

Team Lead First Grade                                                                                                         2013-2014
● Main point of contact between school administration and first grade team
● Lead for development of weekly collaboration meeting agenda


Fairfax County Superintendent Teacher’s Advisory Council                                                  Representative                                                                                                                       2014-2015
● Selected to represent Sangster Elementary School; voiced teachers concerns to superintendent, diligently taking notes and providing key information back to school staff


Responsive Instruction Team Member                                                                      2013-2015
● Key representative to implement response to intervention plan, a multi-tiered approach to identify students with learning and behavior challenges


Sangster Elementary Social Committee Member                                                2012-2015
● Assisted with the planning and coordination of engaging activities for the Sangster Elementary community

Technology Skills

  • Windows computers, Macintosh computers, SMART Notebook, FLIP Camera and Software, Document Camera, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, Blackboard
  • Applied and was accepted into Fairfax County School Based Technology Specialist pool Fall 2014

Adult Instruction

Taught MyOn Lesson to Sangster Staff                                                                                         February 2012

  • Received positive feedback from colleagues and Sangster administration and requests for follow-up on individual lessons

Presented Google Docs Demonstration to the Sangster Staff                                          November 2013

  • Developed an engaging lesson to clearly and easily assist staff with daily usage of online Google Documents software

Continued Professional Development

  • Science Workshop, Spring 2015
  • DreamBox Webinar, Winter 2014
  • Differentiation: Using Technology to Plan, Organize, Assess, and Instruct Each Student, Winter 2014
  • Math Matters in the Summer, Summer 2014
  • Pathways to Leadership Conference, Spring 2014
  • Virtual Environments, Games, and Simulations, Spring 2014
  • Responsive Instruction Training, Winter 2013
  • Teach for Success: What Readers Need, Winter 2013
  • Using Social Networking for Professional Learning, Winter 2013
  • Teaching with Google Apps, Fall 2013
  • Using iPads for Instruction, Summer 2013
  • Harnessing the Power of Digital Images, Summer 2013
  • VoiceThread: Teacher and Student Created Interactive Activities and Projects, Spring 2013
  • Using Interactive Whiteboards in Your 21st Century Classroom, Fall 2012
  • Reading in Grade 1: A Balanced Literacy Framework, Fall 2012
  • DRA2 in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 Assessment and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning, Fall 2011