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Work experience

Sep 2006Present

Instructional Specialist

Terry A.Taylor Elementary

English Language Arts Teacher Leader

Math Teacher Leader

May 2007Present


Spencerport District Reading and Writing Clinic

Summer program for at-risk students.

Feb 2010Mar 2011


Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES

Summer School Program for two component districts.

Dec 2000Jun 2006

Classroom Teacher

Leo Bernabi Elementary

Team Leader

Differentiation of Instruction Mentor


Aug 2010Present

Doctorate (Ed.D) candidate

University of Buffalo

Dissertation topic: School Leadership, data driven instruction and the role of feedback

Jun 2005Aug 2007

Certificate of Advanced Study

SUNY Brockport
Jul 1998Jan 2003

Masters of Education

Roberts Wesleyan College
Sep 1989Dec 1993

Bachelors of Arts

Binghamton University


Quality Literacy Instruction

Career Highlights

Striving for Excellence through Coaching

As an instructional specialist, I spend time coaching teachers to differentiate instruction.  Through careful planning, teachers learn to develop respectful tasks to meet the needs of a range of learners.   Please click on the link below to see a video example of

How to Tier a Lesson

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21st Century Skills

Creating, communicating and collaborating using technology:

·eDoctrina Web-based Software for assessment, curriculum development and data analysis

·Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Publisher)

·Moodle Learning System Course Design and Development

·Interactive Whiteboard (SMART Board, Promethean)

·Website Construction Using SchoolWorld

·Audio Editing (Audacity)

·Image Editing (Adobe Photoshop)



·Google (Docs, Calendar)

·Various Web 2.0 Tools (Voicethread, Kerpoof, Glogster)

·Ability to Effectively Communicate and Collaborate

Accomplishments and Professional Affiliations

Advised teams of fourth and fifth graders who placed first in Stock Market Simulation Game in Greater Western New York Region (2007, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010)

Published article, "Playing for Tolerance" in Teaching Tolerance magazine (No. 32, Fall 2007)

Awarded $2000.00 grant to increase food allergy awareness using digital photography (2006)

Received $500.00 Sam's Club Grant Award for a school garden (Spring 2003)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

National Science Teachers Association

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Professional Statement

 I am eager to lead to a dynamic and supportive team that educates and empowers educators to help all students to become responsible, productive members of society. As an instructional leader, I provide opportunities to collaborate and create rigorous learning experiences, and research and implement best practices to achieve success. I work with teachers to ensure high-quality instruction for all students. Through careful planning, modeling and co-teaching, I strive to promote that all lessons, whether on historical eras or on sentence fluency, are engaging and relevant to all learners.  I am dedicated to building a team of responsive teachers who nurture and empower each student in a diverse learning community. My attributes include a calm demeanor, the ability to listen and critical thinking skills.  I am goal-oriented and visionary, and I make data-driven decisions to improve instruction. I welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications to assist in leading a school into the 21st century education.

Professional Development

District Turn-key Trainer/Workshop Presenter 

Provide district wide staff development including:

  • NYS Common Core Shifts in ELA
  • NYS APPR Certification Training
  • NYSED approved Core Knowledge Skills Strand and Listening and Learning Domains for K-2
  • NYSED approved Expeditionary Learning Modules for Grades 3 - 8
  • NYSED approved Odell Proficiency Units for Grades 6 - 12
  • Close Reading: text complexity and text dependent questions 
  • Expository Writing
  • Instructional Technology
  • Differentiating Math Investigations
  • Differentiated Literacy Centers
  • Differentiation of Instruction: Awareness
  • Differentiation of Instruction: Basic Training
  • Differentiation of Instruction: How to Tier a Lesson
  • Differentiation of Instruction: Curriculum Compacting
  • Differentiation of Instruction: Digging Deeper
  • Word Journeys Program
  • Math Investigations
  • Math Strategies for Teaching Assistants
  • Developing Essential Understandings in Math 
  • Present at Hilton's Differentiated Instruction Summer Institute on active learning structures, tiered lessons and differentiated spelling, July 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Present at the National Science Teachers Conference to 125 participants about Science Inquiry and Literacy Integration in the Primary Classroom, Anaheim, CA, April 2006