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My Philosophy of Education

My Philosophy of Education is that all students want to learn and can learn. It is my job as an educator to research and design the best methods for teaching ALL students. If a student is not learning, I need to research and re-evaluate my pedagogy.

Each student is unique and follows a different path toward success. I strive to include many research supported methods, alternative methods and utilize my own creativity to help students find success. I teach my students growth-mindset; that unsuccessful attempts are part of the learning process. I also present evaluation as an integral part of learning and improvement; specific feedback provides specific results. 

My classroom is a community with many constituents who have a stake in student learning. They are involved in all facets of classroom management, planning, learning, assessment and data analysis; their input is encouraged, valued, accepted and used to drive instruction.

There are many barriers that keep students from learning. I teach to show students how to navigate those barriers and enter their personal path to life-long learning. 

Teaching Certifications

May 2010Jun 2022

Business 6-12- Professional Educator's Certificate

State of Florida D.O.E.
Apr 2005Jun 2022

Computer Science K-12 - Professional Educator's Certificate

State of Florida D.O.E.
Jul 1997Jun 2022

Music K-12 - Professional Educator's Certificate

State of Florida D.O.E.
Nov 2003Nov 2013

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


Work experience


C.T.E. Business Teacher

Newsome High School

Currently teaching a variety of C.T.E. business courses to students in grades 9-12. Courses are organized and managed through various learning management systems such as Edsby and Canvas. Students access, complete and submit all projects digitally for a true paperless classroom experience. Instruction is delivered within a blended learning model utilizing both online video and live lessons. Student projects are real world Project Based Learning such as writing business letters to invite local businesses to speak, submitting designs for local contests, or creating digital content such as websites, flyers, logos or business cards for emerging companies. Business courses are also aligned with other subject areas to assist with school improvement goals. Students have earned Industry Certifications in Microsoft and Adobe products including InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Dreamweaver CC; Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW-IBA Certification); Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Office Master Certifications. Current C.T.E. subjects include: Digital Information Technology, Customer Service 1, Legal Aspects of Business and Digital Design levels 1-4. Previous classes taught: Emerging Technology in Business, Foundations of Web Design, Administrative Office Technology 1 and Computers for College and Career.  Extracurricular activities include Co-sponsoring Future Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.), AVID site team member, Instructional Leadership Team and Business Department Professional Learning Community. Active volunteer for district career and technical business projects.  

• Awarded "Best and Brightest" performance pay 3 years in a row. 
• Class averages on mid-terms and final exam scores are consistently in the top tier. 
• 154 student certifications earned this year before online transition. 22 additional students have earned certifications during at home testing; additional students are still working toward certifications.
• Established community partnerships with local businesses. These Business Partners assisted with C.T.E. book adoption committee, Great American Teach-In, Interview day and classroom teaching presentations.
• Active member in extracurricular projects for C.T.E. - Conducted multiple Professional Education Day trainings, curriculum writing projects and standards aligning sessions for business courses. Volunteered for exam revisions, textbook adoption committee, canvas piloting, Certiport pilots for Microsoft and Adobe exams, curriculum resource pilots and new teacher mentoring. Conducted Zoom training sessions for teachers during Covid-19 online teaching.
• AVID trained site team member for the third year. Attended Summer Institutes. Earned certification for the technology strand- Microsoft Advancing Technology Office 365.
• C.T.E. department representative for the Newsome Instructional Leadership Team where I also conducted Zoom technology training during Covid-19 online teaching and summer leadership sessions. Moderated an online technology support group on Edsby for teachers, a Business PLC group and a student FBLA group. Also provided peer support for DIT, Customer Service and Emerging Technology Edsby Groups.

Sep 20052017

Independent Contractor

Melinda Brody & Company

Performed covert video customer service evaluations for corporate clients. Traveled in state and out-of state to complete assignments. Projects involved attention to detail, extensive travel, time management, organization and meeting time sensitive deadlines. Position required extensive technology usage and maintenance of a home and mobile office.

  • Selected as a part-time corporate trainer and recruiter responsible for supervising new employees throughout their probationary period. Trained recruits on company procedures, project organization, project research and report writing. Training involved modeling shops and coaching new shoppers. Assisting shoppers with technology purchases, mobile and home office set up, equipment usage and training/feedback on initial customer service evaluation shops.
Aug 2014May 2015

Information, Communication and Technology Literacy Coach (I.C.T. Literacy Coach)

Pasco County Schools

Coached and supervised teachers on technology and language arts integration. Performed general installation, set-up and maintenance on MAC equipment. Provided teaching and learning resources for teachers. Planned and co-taught with teachers to improve teaching and learning. Researched, designed and delivered professional development to support teaching and learning of technology and literacy.

  • Developed a process and worked with small groups in Kindergarten who lacked foundational reading skills and were not making enough progress with their classroom teachers. My methods brought them up to grade level in 4 weeks.
  • Created student self-guided lessons that integrated art with "Close Reading" skills. This Project Based Learning aligned with our parent night "Reading under the Stars" and promoted book fair sales for our school fundraiser.
  • Created a process for student owned reading practice. It also supported parental communication by showing parents how to practice individual Power Goals at home.
  • Designed activities with the Math I.T.C. Coach for professional development sessions and parent night.
  • Increased the number of iPad 1:1 classrooms by utilizing unused iPod Touches for K classes. iPod implementation doubled the time on task reading of K students. Also implemented QR Codes for assessment and immediate feedback for K students.
  • Supported iPad and iPod Model classrooms by providing training, resources and classroom modeling.
  • Trained teachers to utilize and create blended learning environments using Canvas.
Dec 2010Jul 2014

Technology Resource Teacher

Booker T. Washington Elementary

Taught integrated and remedial classes using technology at a (Title I) School for students in grades K-5. I also taught curriculum infused technology classes through the EdVenture after school program. This program was part of an extended school day model for at-risk low performing schools.

  • Provided technology support, training and curriculum integration for teachers and staff. Created a special kindergarten technology curriculum to meet the new common core writing and publishing standards. 
  • Conducted summer training for FSTE (Florida Society of Technology in Education) for teachers in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties focused on differentiated learning and writing resources.
  • Member of the Elementary Technology PLC.  Assisted in creating a curriculum outline for implementation of the Technology CCSS.  
  • Trained parents on the use of technology by submitting instructional articles in our school's newsletter, sending home tri-lingual tutorial sheets to assist in accessing technology at home, and by providing bilingual technology trainings for parents through our school's parent involvement group "Open." 
  • Mentored teachers through the National Board Certification process in the areas of Early Childhood Generalist and Middle Childhood Generalist. Also assisted National Board Candidates with technology issues and ideas for technology Integration.

Aug 2007Jun 2008

Exceptional Student Educator

Trinity School for Children Charter School

Implemented teaching/learning strategies to meet a variety of student disabilities; taught E.S.E. students within an inclusive general education environment utilizing a co-teaching/co-planning model.  Created additional specialized lessons for individual students and small group instruction.

  • My documentation (Individual Educational Plans, progress reports and student narratives) were selected as team examples because of my clear goal & objective writing, In-depth student observations and narratives, and parent friendly communication. 
  • Conducted a variety of technology trainings for ESE Team and integrated technology into the general curriculum.
  • All students in my caseload were successful achieving I.E.P annual goals/objectives, passed F.C.A.T. and were promoted to the next grade level.
  • Assisted with the supervision of interns and first year teachers. Mentored a teacher candidate (Dr. Rewa Chisholm) in the successful completion of the National Board Certification for Language Arts: Literacy.
  • My position was eliminated due to attrition in the 2008-2009 school year due to educational budget cuts.
Jan 2008May 2008

Project Teacher

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA)

Co-developed the curriculum for FMoPA's Pilot Outreach Project, "Literacy through Photography"; taught curriculum to at-risk youth grades K-12. 

  • Successfully piloted this grant funded project at the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America. (100% of at-risk students completed the program and 83% of students and families attended the museum's exhibit night.)
  • Developed an additional (S.T.E.M) technology component for the project.
  • Developed the photography instruction and evaluation tools for Grades K-12.
  • Two of my photography students were selected as regional winners of the "2010 Image Makers" National Photography Contest and one of those students advanced to become a 1st Place National Winner in the Color Process category.
Jul 1997Jul 2005

Music Specialist

Hillsborough & Pinellas County Schools

Taught general music, chorus and instrumental ensembles to students in an inclusive environment at low socioeconomic (Title I) Schools.

  • Students were selected to sing and/or play instruments in All County Honors Chorus and All State Honors Chorus.  Schools previously did not have any participants in these honors ensembles.
  • Selected as a district leader for various projects and committees including, curriculum writing projects and mentoring projects.  Provided Teaching and Technology Training throughout the district as a member of C.T.I.P. (Curriculum and Technology Integration Project.) Mentored teachers through National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Mentored new teachers as a founding member of the New Teacher Mentoring Cadre.
  • Leadership roles as School Representative to the Superintendent, School's Technology Committee, Florida Orchestra Education Committee, Membership Coordinator for the Pinellas County Music Teachers Association and Textbook Adoption Committees.

Portfolio Samples

Student samples from standard based inter-curricular projects.  
(Click on image to view description of project.)

Technology Skills & Certifications

Adobe Visual Design Specialist

Certifications in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator CC 2018. 

Microsoft Office Master Specialist

Word Expert, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.

AVID Microsoft Office 365 Certification

Microsoft Advancing Technology- Office 365

Professional Development Trainer

Expert Level

Curriculum Integration and Curriculum Writing

Expert Level

Windows & Mac OS operating systems

Advanced Level