The past five years have been a steady incline of accomplishments in my professional life. I began working for Montclair High School in 2011 as a job coach in the Transition Program. Within this capacity I realized my career path should be in education. I enrolled in a post baccalaureate certification program to become certified to teach elementary school. During my graduate study I maintained a strong GPA and received my K-6 certification in two years (four semesters). This past year I accepted a job in Rutherford, NJ as the Gifted and Talented/Keyboarding teacher. Since I received my bachelor’s degree in Humanities, I had enough credit requirements to apply for the middle school Social Studies and English Language Arts endorsements upon passing the Praxis exam for both subjects, which I did.
Being a musician has taught me many valuable lessons which make me an outstanding teacher. In order to be a successful musician one must be patient, intelligent, diligent, meticulous, and good at multi-tasking. Not only am I a musician, but I have played in several bands since I was thirteen years old. Being a part of a band requires one to be a productive team member, creative, responsible, committed, and passionate. When my fingers were bleeding from playing the guitar for six hours straight, while trying to play a riff just right, I learned how to believe in myself and trust that my hard work and dedication will prevail. When I had worked a forty hour work week and had to drive three hours to play an overnight, weekend show, it took passion, commitment, and dedication to show up for my band mates, ready to play and enjoy every second of it. As a teacher, when I am presented with a challenge, I believe in my abilities to problem solve, my experience with working cooperatively with others to find a solution, and my passion for succeeding; all of which I have developed as a musician over the past sixteen years.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Montclair State University - Bachelor in Arts, Humanitites
Graduate Degree: Montclair State University - Unknown, Elementary Ed
Playing, writing, and recording music, spending time with my family, reading and writing, and exercising/staying active.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
In any successful society, it is important to provide children with a proper education. By education, I mean awareness, not only of the fundamental practices such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also of one's thoughts, words, ideas, and actions. With the integration of technology into our everyday lives, the way in which we communicate, work, shop, travel, etc., is constantly evolving. In order to keep up with this way of life, we, as educators, must be constantly evolving as well. By providing a proper education to the young members of our society, we are preparing them to be an active part of our communities of the world. The role of the student in education is that of an explorer. It is in our nature to be curious of the world in which we live. Exploring and learning is something that comes naturally to all people, no matter their background, culture, socioeconomic status, or gender. The way in which students learn is dependent on the environment, individuals, and leaders they are surrounded by. The role of the teacher in education is that of a guide. It is the teacher's job to provide the setting, environment, and tools for learning to occur. The teacher cannot make learning happen. They can only provide the safest, most efficient environment for learning to take place. Meeting all students where they are and caring for their needs in terms of academics, social growth, and emotional development is my main focus as an educator. To sum up my philosophy of education, I find that this quote does a far better job than my own words could: "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." - Arthur Ashe