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“My philosophy is that every child can learn. Finding the method to reach the child on an academic level is a challenge I strive to each day.” - Cynthia Carrig

Nine years ago I started teaching in a self-contained classroom for students with moderate cognitive disabilities. I have a current professional teaching certificate in the state of Florida which is valid until June of 2016. I am certified and have experience teaching Special Education, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, and I am ESOL endorsed. I have taken five out of the six courses towards my endorsement in Reading and plan to have that completed by January of 2012. I applied for my Massachusetts state teacher license on April 15, 2011 and it is currently pending. I have a basic fluency in American Sign Language and have taught students with hearing impairments in my classroom.


So much as changed in the methods of education in the past decade, I have taken steps to seek out district trainings that keep me on top of the trends. I am an an active learner and strive to find the most effective way to present information to a diverse population of students. I also use technology in the classroom to assist in making the classroom an interactive place for learning. I've used SMARTboards, computers, assisted technology, and ELMOs to give students the chance to close the achievement gap.

Beyond the classroom, I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction works. In the area of fiction I both read and write science fiction stories. I collaborate with other amateur writers from around the globe to create stories. For non-fiction I have a great love of American, Norse and British history. I have researched my family tree to the year 490 A.D. and continue to fill in the gaps that remain in my ancestral line. I have both played, coached, and supervised Special Olympics sports. Building relationships through collaborative teamwork and fostering respect for people with disabilities has been a fantastic way to witness growth and confidence in children.

Work experience

Aug 2008Present

VE Teacher

Hillsborough County Public Schools - Durant High School
  • Providing a stimulating learning environment in which students can develop to their full potential.
  • Employing a broad range of instructional techniques to retain student interest and maximize individual learning within a group environment.
  • Utilizing computer resources, including educational software and the Internet, to promote interactive learning.
  • Helping to prepare students for the future workforce by introducing new technology and encouraging interactive group-work and problem-solving.
  • Evaluating and communicating student progress and liaising with other professionals to discuss individual student needs.
  • Preparing and implementing remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Providing assistance with career guidance, job placement and follow-up work with students.
  • Organizing and supervising extracurricular and after-school activities, such as Best Buddies and Special Olympics.
  • Maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge and researching new topic areas, resources and teaching methods.
Jun 2003Present

Site Coordinator

Hillsborough Parks and Receation - Camp Sparks
  • organized activities for 20-30 special needs children aged 6-22
  • supervised the hiring of staff including pursing applications and holding interviews.
  • Responsible for making sure all staff were up to date on trainings and coordinate any trainings that need to be held.
  • Supervised the daily operation of camp, remained on call during all hours of operation.
  • Maintained time-sheets for staff
Jun 2010Aug 2010

Travel Camp Lead Instructor

The Florida Aquarium
  • Worked with agencies to organize groups of thirteen disadvantaged youth for special week long camp program through the aquarium using the topic "Whats in your Watershed?"
  • A talent for involving and motivating students of all ability levels.
  • The ability to relate effectively to students of diverse cultural backgrounds and to tailor teaching methods to suit their individual needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey subject material in an accessible and compelling manner.
  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to manage challenging behavior calmly and effectively.
  • Established positive relationships with fellow professionals and parents.
Aug 2005Aug 2008

TMH Teacher

Hillsborough County Public Schools - Guinta Middle School
  • Taught students with mental and physical disabilities in the self contained classroom.
  • Planned, implemented, and assessed curriculum with and emphasis on developmentally appropriate activities
  • Evaluated student progress through ongoing observation and assessment, Cognitive, social and motor development.
Jan 2002Aug 2005

TMH Teacher

Hillsborough County Public Schools - Rodgers Middle School
  • Taught students with mental and physical disabilities in the self contained classroom.
  • Planned, implemented, and assessed curriculum with and emphasis on developmentally appropriate activities
  • Evaluated student progress through ongoing observation and assessment, Cognitive, social and motor development.
Jun 2001Aug 2001

Reading Center Councilor

Ramapo Anchorage Camp
  • Worked as a Reading Center Councilor for 10 weeks.
  • Camp had an intensive design to provide a camp setting for children aged 7 to 18 with Emotional Disorders and Autism.
  • Was able to work with all campers on reading skills and design lessons that related the stories to social/personal skills.


Sandy Denham

Melinda Wheately

Tristen Ware

Dr. Karen Colucci

Arlene Castelli

Sheryl Koza


Aug 1999Dec 2001

Bachelors of Arts

University of South Florida

Special Education Major, Graduated on December 15, 2001. Maintained a 3.88 average on a 4.0 scale. A member of the university wide Honors College, Sun Coast Area Teachers Association, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association, and Golden Key Honors Society.

Aug 1997Jul 1999

Associates in Arts

Miami-Dade Community College - Kendall Campus

Education Major. Graduated with honors and highest distinction with a 3.92 on a 4.0 scale. A distinguished member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. Held offices in Phi Theta Kappa including: Vice President of Communications and Director of Service.

Teaching Creditials


I am able to type 75 WPM.
Currently have a SMARTboard in my classroom and have been utilizing it for lessons daily. The SMARTboard is a projection board which is connected to the computer and enables students to interact with the material in the same way we can use a touch screen.
Microsoft Office
I have experience using all of the programs under Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Presentation) and use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a daily basis as part of my job. In addition I have experience teaching others how to use these programs and apply them to the workplace as well.
Special Olympics Training Day
Organized and ran Special Olympics Training Day which is a county wide event for Special Olympics athletes as a lead up to the Area games. Event was covered by local media. 


May 2010May 2013

Basic First Aid - Universal

American Saftey & Health Institute
Apr 2010Apr 2012

Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED

American Heart Association
Jul 2006Jun 2011

Florida Professional Teaching Certificate

Florida Department of Education