I am motivated to teach because of the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people. I bring to the classroom my own education and experience. As a High School student at Wantagh High School I benefited greatly from my experiences in the honors Science Research Seminar course where I created a research project of my own design. After researching the growth of fungi, I entered this project in the 1997 Long Island Science Congress and was awarded an Honorable Mention. That summer I was selected to be a Community Summer Science Intern at Brookhaven National Laboratory and to participate in a workshop in recombinant DNA technology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. While I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, I was a United States Department of Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Research Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory where I used inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy and gamma spectroscopy techniques to research the ability of plants to remediate chromium, cadmium, silver, lead, rubidium, iron, zinc, copper, strontium, and nickel contaminated soil. As an Advanced Intern in Horticultural Science at Walt Disney World I gained experience in sub tropical pathology, horticulture and in customer relations through on the job training.
As an undergraduate at Rutgers University I was employed as a Biological Science Laboratory Teacher where I taught taxonomy and plant biology lab sections. Upon completion of my undergraduate education, I was employed as a General Biology Laboratory Teacher. Twice a week, I taught a General Biology three hour laboratory class to approximately fifty freshman students. At the end of the semester, my students came back and told me that after talking with their friends they had concluded that in my class, they had learned the most and had the most fun. The feeling of accomplishment and sense of pride expressed by my students was extremely rewarding. From these experiences I realized that I enjoy teaching and I decided to pursue a teaching career.
As a graduate student I benefitted from several talented and experienced professors. As a student teacher in Scarsdale School District I student taught in a seventh grade Living Environment, a ninth grade Regents Biology and a ninth grade Inclusion Biology class where I was responsible for creating and teaching lesson plans that were both age appropriate and differentiated for multiple learning styles, for running lab activities, for demonstrating laboratory techniques, for creating two units, for modifying existing instructional plans to accommodate individual students IEPs and for designing problem based learning situations. On February 7th 2011 I earned my Master of Science Degree in Adolescent Education at Mercy College where I graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Unable to obtain a full time teaching position I have been working in Real Estate and Mortgages. I currently hold dual certification in Biology and Students with Disabilities for grades 5 - 12.
I am a special education (ESE) teacher at George Jenkins High School.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelor of Science, Biology Teacher Education
Graduate Degree: Mercy College - Master of Science, Biology Teacher Education