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Creativity. Ingenuity. Educational change.

Work experience

Field Archaeologist

Tetra Tech
  • Performed site mitigation on Phase I, II, and III archaeological sites.

  • Utilized skills such as mapping, orienteering, GPS, classification of historic and prehistoric artifacts.

Dec 2007Present

Director of Curriculum, Humanities

Sparta Township Public Schools
  • Implement curriculum initiatives in the English/Language Arts, social Studies, World Language, and Visual and Performing Arts Departments.

  • Coordinate Staff development in Humanities across K-12 District

  • Support Staff in individual professional Growth through clinical observation model

  • Use of the Understanding By Design Model to

    • Re-Model the PK-5 Language Arts Curriculum

    • Re-model the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum, PK-12, 2008-2009 Using the Understanding By Design Model

    • Create and add four electives to the High school Social Studies Curriculum, 2008-2009

    • Creation of “Connectionsa Language Arts Class designed to foster writing as thinking

  • Presentation of Methods at various educational conferences

Sep 2005Present

Freelance Writer

  • Developed and reported on community news and human-interest stories in the New York-New Jersey area.

  • Writing reflects both third and first person journalism.

Jul 2010Present

Supervisor of Humanities

Verona Public Schools
  • Analyze the implementation of district curriculum in the Humanities across the K-12 classrooms. 
  • Coordinate professional learning in the Humanities using both traditional face-to-face meetings and online platforms. 
  • Conduct analysis of student performance on standardized tests and identify areas of need within the current district curriculum. 
  • Challenge existing paradigms about student learning, homework, writing, and expectations
Jun 2006Dec 2007

Secondary Education Technology Director

Sparta Township Public Schools
  • Support a Student population of 2400 and a teaching staff of over 200 and aid them in embedding technology into their learning and lesson design.

  • Introduced processes of collaborative writing, planning, and learning to students and faculty through the use of Google Applications, and various other web authoring tools.

  • Set up and managed video conferences between authors and historians and our students

  • Manage Genesis Student Information System for two schools.

  • Re-shaped the philosophy of professional development classes on a district-wide level through a focus on pedagogy rather than tools.

Sep 2004Jun 2006

Teacher of Social Studies

Sparta Township Public Schools

Sparta Middle School

  • Responsible for the implementation of a civics-based curriculum aimed at preparing students to become responsible members of a democratic society.

  • Developed units of study that utilize various types of media and technology that enable the students to find inventive ways to assess primary source material.

  • Focused on visual learning strategies

  • Aided in the district revision of the 8th grade curriculum

Sep 2002Jun 2004

Teacher of English and Social Studies

Ramsey Township Public Schools

Eric S. Smith Middle School

  • Developed interdisciplinary units using case studies to focus student development on essential concepts of democracy and society.

  • Utilized the Newark Museum lending collections to augment research into geographic areas and cultural groups.

  • Worked with U.S. Campaign for Democracy in Burma to raise student awareness through a series of panel discussions and guest speakers from Burma’s National League for Democracy.

Jan 2001Jun 2002

Teacher of English

Immaculate Conception Regional School

Immaculate Conception Regional School, Franklin, New Jersey

  • Responsible for creating a writing-intensive Language Arts and Literature Curriculum for grades six through eight.

  • Instituted a school-wide program of holistic scoring in which I created rubrics for several types of writing for grades one through eight.

  • Faculty representative for Forensic Public Speaking League, Academic Team, Poetry Anthology, Literary Anthology, and Track and Field.