Master of Arts in Teaching
- Creativity in lesson planning. While planning a unit I research and adapt a wide variety of materials to make the material accessible and engaging to my students. I can make complicated content accessible to students through a variety of analogies, texts, digital resources and engagement activities. I believe in the power of experience in the learning process.
- Integration. Reading, writing and math are the core skills and knowledge that elementary and middle school students need to develop in order to be successful learners and career ready. I fluently integrate social studies, science and specialty subjects into these core areas in order that students build background in these areas as they work to develop their core skills.
- Differentiation. I design lesson plans and materials with the goal of making learning accessible to all of my students. I create time to work on individual student needs through the workshop model and flexible grouping. I make modifications and adaptions so that each student works on material that is appropriately challenging and at which they can feel successful.
- Willamette University, Graduate School of Education, Masters of Arts in Teaching, 2014 (Elementary (3-5), Middle School Integrated Science, ESOL)
- New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Master of Arts, 2012 (Environmental Conservation Education)
- Villanova University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, 2010 (Major in History, Minor in Environmental Science)
- Battle Creek Elementary, Salem, Oregon, United States, 5th, Multiple Subjects
- Waldo Elementary School, Salem, Oregon, United States, 8th , Integrated Science
- Naturalist, Camp Arrowhead, Lewes, Delaware, United States, Managed a residential camp nature center and developed an environmental science curriculum for 180 campers. Supervised staff of 2 assistant naturalists in their planning, teaching and animal and grounds care. Led nature center staff in creating a 1 mile nature trail through the camp grounds.
- Children’s Garden Instructor and Assistant Coordinator, Project Green Reach Instructor, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Instructed groups of Pre-K students and 2 to 3 yr. olds with a parent in gardening skills, botany and garden ecology. Supported 10 instructors in planning and executing garden based education lessons for 50 youth. Mentored Garden Apprentices, youth age 13-18, in children’s education, horticulture, and professional skills. Taught 28 youth, ages 9-13, from Title 1 Brooklyn schools, in a botany and garden based education program.
- Educator for IWASH Program, New York City Audubon Society, New York City, New York, United States, Planned and delivered coastal wetland ecology lessons for 4 Jamaica Bay area public school classes (4th-12th). Coordinated and implemented 1 beach clean-up and citizen science outing for each class.
- North East Regional Intern, Roots and Shoots, New York City, New York, United States, Implemented a service learning teacher training for 50 NYC teachers and supported teachers in planning, implementing and documenting service projects with their students.
Student Teaching Supervisor
- Mr. Jesse Sutter, Battle Creek Elementary, Salem-Keizer School District; Salem, OR
- Mr. Ben Light, Waldo Middle School, Salem-Keizer School District; Salem, OR