I will begin my 5th year of teaching this fall. I've taught preschool, kindergarten, and various ages with a gifted program. My passion in the field is seeing the growth in students.
I myself strive for improvement in my field. I became a certified teacher in Illinois through Teach For America (one of 13% accepted of 50,000+ applicants in 2012) and Dominican University. I attended many optional TFA professional development sessions ranging from understanding the developing brain of an ESL student to special education rights of students and families. After my 2 year commitment I moved to New York City to work for a progressive charter school, Harlem Village Academies. I worked with top professionals in the education field at HVA; from Shelly Harwayne of Teachers College at Columbia, to nationally recognized educator, author, and presenter Sharon Taberski, to Harvard Graduate School of Education's Ron Berger. In my classroom at HVA I worked with a student who I helped go from being violent and academically behind to being the model student and on the track of being considered a gifted student.
Much of my growth and success is due in part to my habit of reflection. My two years of co-teaching experience allowed me more time to work with small group and individual instruction. I was able to track students more closely, get to know each student's learning style, and use it to plan for the coming days and weeks.
I'm a progressive teacher, using student interest to make learning fun and engaging. I know from my experience and research that using student interest and play based instruction will produce high results. And I know how to then translate that knowledge into proving it on various types of assessments: worksheets, reading assessments, etc.
In my spare time I enjoy reading non-fiction political history books. I also have begun sewing for myself and friends.
University of New England - Bachelors, Political Science
Dominican University - Current Grad Student, Early Childhood Education