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Work experience

Sep 2011Present

Special Education Teacher: Primary ECL

St. Monica Elementary School
  • Special Education System Class: Primary Education for Community Living
  • Individualized programming in a highly structured environment for students with developmental disabilities and multiple exceptionalities including Autism
  • Dynamic day to day collaboration, communication and planning with parents, integration teachers, educational assistants, specialists and consultants
  • Created class website and special education information resource for parents:
  • Creative use of technology, visuals, manipulatives and sensory and occupational therapy equipment to support students' needs and development
  • Fostering of the growth of a school wide inclusive community through integration with same age peers and circles of friends
  • Involvement: Circle of Friends, Organization of School Liturgies and Spirit Assemblies, Coaching Boys Volleyball and Handball, assisting colleagues with use of technology and development of class websites, Education Week Committee
Sep 2010Jun 2011

Teacher: Grade 5/6

St. Augustine Elementary School
  • Subjects: English Language Arts and Math
  • Comprehensive Literacy&learning through problem solving in Math
  • Preparation of grade six students for EQAO standardized testing
  • School website administrator, development of collaborative class website:
  • Involvement: Scrabble Tournament, Peer Mediators, Fundraising Committee, Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony Committee, Teacher Mentor
Sep 2009Jun 2010

Special Education Teacher: PGL

St. Elizabeth Elementary School
  • Program for Gifted Learners: Grades 4, 5 and 6
  • Regular Classroom with withdrawal 1 day per week for enrichment program with intellectual peers
  • Developed and reported on individualized education plans for students identified as gifted
  • Consulted with teachers and schools to help implement gifted programming in the classroom
  • Presented an overview of the PGL program at the OECTA, Special Education Part 1 course
  • Used technology such as Google Sites - student created websites, Audacity and podcasting, Clicker 5, Scratch, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop
  • Participated in Toshiba's ExploraVision and Poetry Institute of Canada competitions
  • Created the "I am Gifted" video, now used for PD and in classrooms all over the world
  • Developed a collaborative classroom website:
  • Involvement: School Technology Representative, Computer Club
Oct 2008Jun 2009

Teacher: Grade 5

St. Luke (Barrhaven) Elementary School

  • Subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics and Religion
  • Taught Grade 5 Blended (AM) and Grade 5 Immersion (PM)
  • Comprehensive Literacy – was given leadership in this area & helped prepare for District Review
  • Moving on Up Scholastic Reading Program for Junior Grades
  • CASI, data driven instruction and goal setting, cross-curricular planning with colleagues
  • Involvement: Peer Mediators, Air Bands, Ski Club, Social Committee
Aug 2005Jul 2008

Teacher: Grades 4 and 5

Colegio Nueva Granada (American International School)
  • Taught 4th grade for 2 years and 5th grade for 1 year
  • Comprehensive Literacy, 6+1 Traits of Good Writing, Constructivist Math and Science Programs, American Geography and History, team teaching
  • Training in and implementation of Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA2) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized testing (each occurring once a trimester)
  • Token economy classroom management system
  • Curriculum Alignment Language Arts Committee - writing of standards and benchmarks, scope and sequence, assessment and report card content (as part of School Improvement Plan)
  • Designed 6+1 Traits formal writing assessment rubric adopted by the school
  • Designed and gave presentation to staff on effective use and assessment of reader’s response letters
  • Created and organized a 4th Grade Science Fair and Science Unit implemented by all seven 4th grade classes
  • Involvement: Student Newspaper (enrichment), Destination Imagination judge, Classroom Without Walls, fundraising and volunteering for Hogar Nueva Granada 
Sep 2004Jun 2005

French as a Second Language Teacher: Grade 4 & 5

St. Rita Elementary School
  • Four Blocks, Focus on Oral Language, Music and Culture in FSL, Project Based Learning
  • Involvement: St. Rita Visual Arts Club, Ski Club, Choir, School Liturgies


Dec 2005Dec 2007

Master of Arts

University of Alabama
Sep 2003May 2004


University of Ottawa
Sep 1999May 2003


University of Ottawa

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Curriculum Writer

Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative (E.O.C.C.) - Ottawa, Ontario, Summer 2009

I worked with a team of writers from across Eastern Ontario to write curriculum to help prepare students for the Ontario Writing Assessment (O.W.A.)

International Programs Coordinator for The University of Alabama Masters in Education Program

Colegio Nueva Granada - Bogotá, Colombia, November 2005 to December 2007

I coordinated and organized courses, program administration and budgets, communication between students, professors and the university, proctoring of the comprehensive exams; assessment of program alignment with curriculum and School Improvement Plan goals.

Additional Qualifications

Special Education - Part 1 (2009)

Religious Education - Part 1 (2013)


Laura Shanahan

Laura Shanahan was my consultant while I worked as a teacher in the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL).

Gerry Proulx

Kim MacDonald

Ben Vallati

Ben Vallati hired me and has been my principal at Student Services for the last two years while I have taught the Primary ECL system class. He was also my principal while I taught grade 5/6 at St. Luke Barrhaven.