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Aug 2009May 2011


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

-Relevant Coursework: Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Work Practice with Individuals, Groups and Families; Motivational Interviewing; Sustainable Development; Evidence-Based Practices; Health Access & Disparities Policy

Aug 2004May 2008


Duke University

Graduated Cum Laude

-Honors Thesis: An Exploration of the Dimensions of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and a Proposal for Maximizing the Potential for Communicative Growth at a Participation-Based Summer Camp

-Academic Honors: Dean’s List Fall 2005, Dean’s List with Distinction Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 

Work experience

May 2008Present

Substitute Teacher--Pre-K Exceptional Children's Classrooms

Durham Public Schools

-Assisted teachers in preparing and implementing activities for 3-5 year-old children with special needs

Aug 2010Jun 2011

Family Support Worker (Independent Contractor) & MSW Intern

Center for Child and Family Health--Healthy Families Program

-Engaged first-time mothers in weekly home visits

-Conducted biopsychosocial assessments to determine relevant goals, objectives, and activities

-Connected clients with community resources

-Applied knowledge of child development, parent-child interaction, and dynamics of child abuse/neglect to

       improve parenting skills

-Coached parents in learning problem-solving and coping skills by providing supportive counseling

-Provided psycho-education on child development and age-appropriate developmental activities

-Facilitated support group for pregnant/parenting teens at Southern High School

-Maintained all necessary paperwork; collected information for family assessment and program evaluation

-Developed and conducted staff training on early childhood nutrition and “Eating the Rainbow” curriculum

Sep 2009Apr 2010

MSW Student Intern

Wake County Health and Human Services-Ready to Learn Program

-Completed developmental screenings of children ages 0 through 5

-Networked with local agencies and community resources to meet the needs of families in the Ready to Learn


-Case managed families using the strength-based model and family-centered practice principles

-Facilitated parent workshops and support groups on such topics as Temper Tantrums and Healthy Eating

-Created and maintained on-line blog and forum for parents in the Ready to Learn program


Aug 2008Jun 2009

Corps Member

AmeriCorps/Child Care Services Association

-Provided release time to early childhood educators participating in the T.E.A.C.H scholarship program at

     Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center

-Created and implemented literacy and nutrition projects appropriate for 0-5 year-olds

-Upheld health standards and maintained safety of all children

-Gathered and disseminated information concerning nutrition to parents and child care professionals

-Participated in on-going professional development including conflict resolution, diversity, and inclusion

-Collaborated with twelve other corps members to lead and organize monthly service projects benefitting

     young children and their families (full list of projects and trainings available upon request)

-Recruited community members to volunteer with community service projects

Projects Led:

National AmeriCorps Week

-Conducted a drive for office and craft supplies for six in-need child care centers in Durham and Orange


-Developed donation forms; contacted stores; collected donations

-Lead and supervised a 12 person group

AmeriCorps Diversity Project

-Developed a diversity project entitled “Durham’s History Created Its Diversity” that was displayed in the main

      branch of the Durham County Library

-Lead and supervised a 5 person group

Marbles Kid’s Museum

-AmeriCorps event: Developed two nutrition activities for preschool children

-Lead a group of 9 volunteers at the museum’s Power 2 Play exhibit opening

Feb 2007May 2008

Research Assistant

Duke University Language Development Lab

-Recruited participants and scheduled appointments for research studies

-Administered experiments and analyzed data to determine infant perception for speech stimuli

Jul 2007Aug 2007


County Speech: Speech-Language Pathology Clinic

-Assisted camp director plan and organize daily activities at day-camp for non-verbal, special needs children

    using AAC devices

-Acted as personal counselor, facilitating language by creating opportunities for communication and

    conversation with one camper each week of camp

-Gathered data for the completion of an Honor's Thesis (see education) 


Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Filemaker  


Marilyn Ghezzi, LCSW

Griffin Sloop, LCSW

Jan Williams, LCSW


May 2010Present

North Carolina Early Childhood Credential

NC Division of Child Development
Oct 2009Present

Red Cross Disaster Relief

American Red Cross
Jun 2008Present

Basic School-Aged Care (BSAC)

NC Division of Child Development



All genres of music, cooking, documentaries, biographies, live performances, the beach, volunteering

Community Involvement

TROSA, Durham, NC

Jan 2011-Present

Volunteer—GED Education Classes

-Provide academic consultation and support to individuals enrolled in GED tutoring program as part of TROSA’s residential substance abuse treatment program

Durham Rescue Mission, Durham, NC

June-Aug 2008


-Collected and managed weekly deliveries of surplus milk to the Durham Rescue Mission on behalf of Durham Parks and Recreation