Master of Arts
University of South Florida
Secondary Education focus.
My Philosophy of Education is that all students want to learn and can learn. It is my job as an educator to research or design the best methods for reaching and 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 un-successful attempts are part of the learning process. I also present evaluation as an integral part of learning and improvement; without feedback, the road to improvement is obscured.
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 they can navigate those barriers and enter their personal path to life-long learning.
Secondary Education focus.
Bachelor's Degree- (Dual Program) Music Performance and Music Education.
Coach teachers on technology and literacy integration. Perform general maintenance on technology equipment. Provide teaching and learning resources for teachers. Plan and co-teach with teachers to improve teaching and learning. Research, design and deliver professional development to support teaching and learning of technology and literacy.
Teach Integrated and remedial classes using technology at a (Title I) Renaissance School for students in grades K-5. I also teach curriculum infused creative technology classes through the EdVenture after school program. This program is part of an extended school day model for at-risk low performing schools.
Perform project based covert video customer service evaluations for clients throughout the United States.
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.
Co-developed the curriculum for FMoPA's Pilot Outreach Project, "Literacy through Photography"; taught curriculum to at-risk youth grades K-12.
Taught general music, chorus and instrumental ensembles to students in an inclusive environment at low socio-economic (Title I) Schools.