Hello! My name is Bridget, and I am excited about helping you fulfill your potential as a confident and capable student!
I recently completed my M.S.Ed as a University of Pennsylvania History Teaching Fellow at Miss Porter's School in Connecticut. This role required that I design curricula, rubrics, and assessments, teach and construct lessons for classes such as History of Africa, Feminism and Women's History and International relationships, and support the growth and well-being of my students. This fellowship was an immersive teaching position, and the focus of my work at Penn was identifying trauma's role in students' learning development. In response, I implemented trauma-informed classroom interventions to help develop a more inclusive and equitable learning environment. I have found that my practices in the classroom have extended to both my experiences in coaching and dorm life. More specifically, as I have become more aware of the positive impacts that a trauma-informed pedagogy has on students' learning, I have found that being conscientious of students' life experiences and working with them to develop positive coping strategies leads to significant growth in relationship building, conflict resolution, and self-esteem.
My interest in teaching was built through my independent academic work. I currently hold a BA from Bucknell University in English with a concentration in Film/Screen Studies and minors in History and Literary Studies. Combining this research of history, literature, and cinema, I completed an Honors Thesis on the cinematic representation of Irish colonial conflicts in Irish and Northern Irish produced and directed films of the 90s. The thesis totaled 215 pages and received a distinction for extraordinary work. I believe the most significant achievement of this project was its ability to develop my research capabilities and analysis of interdisciplinary texts. Simultaneously, it provided me with my first opportunity to teach and present information as one of the requirements of the thesis was an open audience presentation.
During my undergraduate degree, I was also a Division I Athlete in lacrosse. For my participation, I received a scholarship for $30,000 per year and trained for up to 25+ hours a week. Ultimately, my career at Bucknell included entering the Patriot League Quarter Finals twice, and being elected as a senior leader in my final year. Prior to Bucknell, I was a High School Academic All-American and a High School All-American in 2013. I was also captain of my high school lacrosse team in my senior year, All-District and Region in all years at the Varsity level, and team MVP for two years in a row. This experience taught me how to be resilient and overcome challenges through team-work and cooperation. Moreover, it taught me how to become more self-aware of my needs and the needs of those around me and how to communicate in a positive, growth-focused way to achieve a greater goal.
After completing my degree at Bucknell, I earned my MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Cambridge. While the title of the program is "Film and Screen Studies," I have found that it continued the interdisciplinary approach towards research that was critical to my undergraduate thesis. Specifically, this program focused on understanding how film operates in philosophical, historical, and literary modes. Primarily a research degree, this MPhil allowed me the opportunity to both expand my academic pursuits and mentor others. For example, I ran a "Feminist Film Course" where I curated different films with feminist themes and facilitated discussions on cinematic intersectionality, feminist film history, and interpretations of each film.
While here, I also served as the University of Cambridge's Graduate Women's and Non-Binary Officer. This position helped me develop the vocabulary and empathy needed to effectively engage in social justice work and advocacy. I ran events designed to promote the inclusion of women and non-binary persons within academia, personally advocated on behalf of individual student needs to academic departments and the Graduate Union, and meet with individual students to discuss and consult them on gender-related issues and concerns. One specific project that I devoted significant time to was a campaign focused on amending the University Disciplinary Procedure to be more comprehensive and include Intimate Partner Violence with two other students. This campaign was inspired by my own experiences as a woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community as violence disproportionately affects women and non-binary persons. From this experience, I acquired strong active listening skills, an awareness of the impact of trauma, and a firm belief in social activism.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bucknell University - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Masters in Education, Education
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 163
Running, Knitting, Painting, Reading, Lacrosse, Yoga, Playing with my dog, Learning cool historical facts, and Doing research!