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Career Profile

Highly-qualified, enthusiastic, and dedicated Professional Educator with 17 years of classroom teaching experience. Strong ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Expertise in differentiating instruction to meet the learning goals of all learners. Proven-track record in effectively collaborating with teachers, administrators, and families to increase students academic achievement. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Adolescent Literacy 
  • Academic Interventions 
  • Special Education 
  • Curriculum Development
  • Educational Research
  • Differentiation
  • Common Core Standards
  • Turnkey Training 
  • Technology Integration
  • Collaborative Practices
Professional Experience
Academic Intervention Reading Specialist 09/2015 to 06/2018 PS 131 Academy School Buffalo, NY
  • Teach Academic Intervention Reading (AIS) classes to students at risk in 7th through 12th grades
  • Develop and implement reading intervention lessons in comprehension, vocabulary, and writing
  • Design engaging literacy cultural responsive lessons 
  • Adapt and modify curriculum to meet the needs of students with disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Provide differentiated reading support in general education classrooms
  • Create and present professional development turn-key training on Bloom Taxonomy Higher Order Questioning
  • Collaborate with colleagues developing cross-curricular lesson plans 
  • Provide Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) monthly Educational Workshops to parents
  • Actively participate on the School Leadership Team
Instructional Literacy Coach 09/2014 to 06/2015 PS 45 International Elementary School Buffalo, NY
  • Served as an instructional coach for Pre-K through 8th teachers and school administrators to increase students achievement.
  • Led and facilitated grade level teams meetings of teachers to enhance the effectiveness of their teaching practices.
  • Developed teacher's capacity to collect and analyze multiple sources of data to improve students learning.
  • Provided support to classroom teachers in planning and implementing reading differentiated instruction lessons.
  • Assisted teachers with curriculum development, grade level reading assessments and implementation of reading programs.
  • Delivered research-based professional development training on the Common Core Learning Standards 
Support Reading Teacher 09/2008 to 09/2014 PS 305 McKinley Comprehensive High School Buffalo, NY
  • Taught Academic Reading Intervention classes to students at risk in grades 9th through 12th 
  • Successfully designed and implemented standard-based literacy and ELA lessons 
  • Authored and published The Reading Teacher Intervention Manual for Secondary Education Teachers
  • Led on-going Professional Development Turnkey Training on the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy Instructional Shifts 
  • Launched the Readers are Leaders Club to encourage school-wide reading and writing
Special Education Teacher 08/2005 to 05/2008 PS 97 Harvey Austin Elementary School Buffalo, New York
  • Taught 15:1-1 Special Day Class students with learning and behavior disabilities in grades 7th through 8th
  • created and implemented lesson plans in Reading, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics, and social skills according to students Individualized Education Plans (IEP's).
Special Education Resource Teacher 09/2002 to 06/2004 PS 301 Seneca Comprehensive High School Buffalo, New York
  • Adjusted and modified curriculum for students with learning disabilities in grades 9th through 12th
Certifications

New York State Professional Teaching Certification

  • Reading Specialist , Grades 5-12, 2008
  • Students with Disabilities Generalist,  Grades 7-12, 2005


Education
Master of Science: Literacy Education 2008 Canisius College Buffalo, New York

Concentration: Emergent and Adolescent Literacy

Bachelor of Science: Exceptional Education 2001 SUNY at Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York

Concentration: Elementary and Secondary Education


Professional Development

• Culturally Linguistically Responsive Teaching, 2018
• Restorative Justice Practice for the Classroom, 2016
• Trauma Informed Practices Overview, 2016
• Teaching Dyslexic Learners, 2016
• Translanguaging in Our Classes & Schools for ESL/ELL, 2015
• Specialized Designed Instruction, 2015
• Secondary Literacy Instructional Strategies, 2015

  • Bloom Taxonomy Higher Order Thinking Skills, 2015
  • Three Perspectives on the Autism Epidemic, expert presenter Roy Richard Grinker, PH.D, 2012
  •  Growth Mindset, 2012
  •  NYS Common Core Teacher Ambassador District Training Program, 2012-2013
  • Special Education Integrated Co-Teaching, 2011
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Summary

Dedicated educator with a strong educational background and 23 years of teaching experience that is committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive for all students.

Certifications
  • Elementary Self-Contained, Grades 1-8
  • Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-KG

  • Elementary Social Studies Composite, Grades 1-8
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental
Experience
Second Grade Teacher
August 2011 to Current
Garland Independent School District Garland, TX
  • Instruct Second Grade curriculum for all subjects by designing and developing programs to meet the academic, intellectual, and social needs of students
  • Enhance student academic and social growth by using varied teaching strategies and techniques; including whole group, individual, small group, and cooperative grouping
  • Integrate literacy and math work stations in classroom
  • Implement R Time program to create an environment that supports and enhances good manners, respect, and citizenship
  • Utilize Thinking Maps and Foldables to encourage critical thinking and to support a deeper level of understanding
  • Acting Second Grade Team Leader for six plus years
  • Serve on school's Campus Improvement Team and Accelerated Reader Committee
Reading Specialist Teacher
August 2010 to June 2011
Garland Independent School District Garland, TX
  • Worked on a daily basis with small groups of at-risk students in reading from First, Third, and Fifth grades
  • Implemented the SRA Early Intervention in Reading program with First and Third grade students
  • Collaborated with classroom teachers and facilitated reading groups in classrooms
  • Observed and assessed student performance and kept thorough records of progress
Second Grade Teacher
June 2000 to June 2010
Garland Independent School District Garland, TX
  • Instructed Second Grade curriculum for all subjects by designing and developing programs to meet the academic, intellectual, and social needs of students
  • Enhanced student academic and social growth by using varied teaching strategies and techniques; including whole group, individual, small group, and cooperative grouping
  • Served as Cooperating Teacher for Stephen F. Austin Student Teacher
  • Mentored high school students interested in pursuing a career in teaching profession
  • Provided training to staff on the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficient Assessment System) to assess progress of limited English proficient students in learning the English language
  • Acted as Second Grade Team Leader



Fourth Grade Teacher
August 1997 to June 2000
Garland Independent School District Garland, TX
  • Instructed Fourth Grade curriculum for all subjects
  • Acted as Fourth Grade Team Leader
  • Coordinated the school's Science Fair for two years
  • Mentored high school students interested in pursuing a career in the teaching profession
Third Grade Teacher
July 1996 to July 1997
Fort Worth Independent School District Fort Worth, TX
  • Instructed Third Grade curriculum in English/Language Arts and Social Studies in a preparatory math and science program for talented and gifted students
  • Acted as Third Grade Lead teacher
  • Earned 32 hours of district provided gifted and talented training
Third Grade Teacher
August 1992 to June 1996
U.S.D. 259, Wichita Public Schools Wichita, KS
  • Instructed Third Grade curriculum in all subjects
  • Served as Cooperating Teacher for Wichita State University Student Teacher and Reading Practicum Students
  • Safety Patrol Sponsor for three years
  • Social Committee Chairperson for two years
  • Building Committee Member
  • Training in Crisis Prevention Intervention, REACH Training of Trainers, Leadership Development Training
Education
Master of Science : Special Education with Emphasis in Learning Disabilities, 1995 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
  • GPA: 3.90/4.0
Bachelor of Science : Elementary Education, 1991 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
  • Concentration in Social and General Science
  • GPA: 3.74/4.0
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Alumni Association
  • Wallace Elementary PTA Member (2008 - Present)
  • Wallace Elementary Clothes Closet Delegate for Richardson Independent School District's Clothes Closet
  • Heather Glen Elementary PTA Member (1997 - Present)
  • Member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Wedding Coordinator at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (1998 - Present)
  • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Member
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Professional Summary

Education professional with strong leadership and communication skills. Experience in school improvement planning, providing professional development and teaching in a classroom environment. Adept at providing academic interventions based on students' needs and interests. Effective collaborator committed to creating an atmosphere that is encouraging and supportive for everyone. Highly organized and easily adapts to new situations.

Professional Licenses and Certifications
  • North Carolina - Reading (K-12), Middle Grades Language Arts and Mathematics, Elementary Education.
  • Pennsylvania - Reading Specialist, Mid-Level English, Mid-Level Mathematics, Elementary Education

Skill Highlights
  • Higher level questioning
  • Student-centered learning
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Strong collaborator and team player
  • Data analysis to drive instruction
  • Effective communicator
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Flexible and adaptive
  • Positive learning environment
  • Student learning objectives
  • Technology skills
Experience
Wake County Public School System, Cary, NC Literacy Intervention, Grades 4 and 5 11/2014 to Current

Deliver effective instruction to improve literacy and comprehension skills.

Promote higher level thinking through creative questioning.

Encourage independent thinking and problem-solving.

Communicate effective with educators from various grade levels.

The School District of the City of Erie, PA School Wide Specialist 08/2011 to 11/2014

Assist with the implementation of the school-based improvement plan.

Support teachers with instructional strategies, data analysis, and co-teaching.

Develop, organize and monitor parent involvement activities.

Align curriculum and lessons with Common Core Standards.

Title I Teacher / Reading Specialist 08/2006 to 08/2011

Prepare small group and individual instruction; focus on math and reading.

Monitor student progress using a variety of assessments and measures.

Implement various strategies to enhance students' academic skills.

Middle Level Language Arts Teacher 08/1998 to 08/2006

Provide effective reading and writing instruction for students.

Design lesson plans to meet students' diverse learning needs.

Responsible for the school newsletter, newspaper, and yearbook.

Diocese of Erie, PA Middle Level Math Teacher 08/1997 to 08/1998

Facilitate algebra and math instruction to middle school students.

Offer concrete learning experiences to enhance understanding.

Establish clear objectives and align instruction with standards.

Education
PA Teacher Certification Program: Elementary Education Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, PA
Bachelor of Science: Business Administration Gannon University, Erie PA
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Profile

Accomplished educational professional with strong problem-solving skills seeking employment opportunities in education, administrative support, program coordination, and volunteer management.

Work Experience
Activity Leader 08/2015 to Current Little Helping Hands Austin, Texas
  • Facilitate and lead volunteer activities for over 20 activities at 30+ diverse nonprofits in Austin.
  • Engage children and young adults in philanthropic activities to develop future leaders.
  • Develop and conduct on-site training for over 100 volunteers.
Program Assistant and Volunteer Manager 10/2014 to 08/2015 BookSpring Austin, Texas
  • Planned and executed training orientation for over 50 "Reach Out and Read" clinic volunteers.
  • Taught Literacy to100 families through "Play to Learn" and "Parent Book Club" programs.
  • Recruited over 30 volunteers through websites,social media,and outreach events.
  • Streamlined administrative duties for program manager of literacy programs.
Special Education Resource Specialist 08/2013 to 06/2014 Pflugerville Independent School District Austin, Texas
  • Created innovative arts curriculum for kids with special needs using SMART Boards and iPads.
  • Increased student literacy levels up to 20% and administered school reading programs with active engagement and personal connection.
  • Advocated for student success by creating individualized education plans that targeted educational goals.
Special Education Teacher Resource Reading Specialist 08/2008 to 06/2013 Strasburg Independent School District Austin, Texas
  • Case managed 20-30 students with various learning disabilities.
  • Developed technology driven reading, writing, math, and science curriculum adapting to meet students' different learning styles.
  • Initiated an anti-bullying program to teach students about diversity.
  • Orchestrated a yearly Holocaust speaker to inform and educate over 500 students and teachers.
Volunteer Experience
Volunteer Lead 03/2015 to Current The Blanton Museum of Art Austin, Texas
  • Coordinate and train museum volunteers for large scale events.
Volunteer Manager 08/2015 to Current Micha 6 Food Pantry Austin, Texas
  • Organize and lead orientation for adult and child volunteers for food pantry operations.
Reading Coach 11/2014 to 06/2015 Austin Partners in Education Denver, Colorado
  • Provided literacy instruction for diverse students to increase reading levels.
Education
Master of Arts: Education 2013 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Marketing 2001 University of Denver Denver, Colorado
Certification : Volunteer Management 2014 Austin Community College Austin , Texas
Teacher Certification : Education 2008 Metro State University Denver, Colorado