Resume & Credentials

Resume & Credentials

Summary

Highly Qualified in Biology  (grades 6-12) and Middle School Science in Virginia. After returning to the collegiate classroom to study Medical Laboratory Technology and receiving a full scholarship to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist through Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC , I realized I missed the educational profession. Excellent communicator, highly motivated, team and detail oriented with strong leadership and student advocacy skills. Currently pursuing an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from ODU.

 Experience

Name Redacted Public Schools, Northern VA       Aug 2014 – Current

08 Physical Science Teacher

Leads students toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, psychological and social growth while stimulating maximum learning in the science classroom. Develops lesson plans that meet varied student needs, while following Virginia’s SOLs. Evaluates and assesses children’s development, and implements study methodologies to enhance children’s progress. Works with all students (gifted and exceptional) in the advanced, inclusion, and collaborative settings.

  • Organizes personal learning activities to meet each student’s needs. Consistently assessing and evaluating each student’s knowledge while modifying activities to fit each student’s understanding.
  • Continually maintains student interest and provides an interactive atmosphere to allow for maximum learning success through cooperative learning groups.
  • Designed a creative program with short-term goals geared to each student’s individual academic level through activities and games that teaches children skills in a way that makes learning fun while preparing them for the Grade 8 Science SOL.

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD      Aug 2011 – June 2012

High School Biology/Intro to Environmental Teacher

Led students toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, psychological and social growth while stimulating maximum learning in the science classroom. Developed lesson plans that met varied student needs, while following Maryland’s CLGs. Evaluated and assessed children’s development, and implemented study methodologies to enhance children’s progress. Worked with all students (gifted and exceptional) in the advanced, inclusion, and collaborative settings.

  • Organized personal learning activities to meet each student’s needs. Consistently assessed and evaluated each student’s knowledge while modifying activities to fit each student’s understanding.
  • Continually maintained student interest and provided an interactive atmosphere to allow for maximum learning success through cooperative learning groups.
  • Designed a creative program with short-term goals geared to each student’s individual academic level through activities and games that taught skills in a way that made learning fun through the completion of projects and building a portfolio for remediation students in the Intro to Environmental class. Implemented a flip classroom model for some topics and took advantage of technology available to teachers (CPS, Smartboard, Sympodium, websites, etc.) while preparing students for the High School Biology HSA.
  • IG Pro Coordinator responsible for the successful use and implementation of 146 certificated teacher’s grade books and 2200 + student’s grades.

 

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD     Aug 2009 – June 2011

High School Instructional Specialist/Resource Teacher

Served as a liaison between the Division of Instruction and individual schools. Worked with Principal to coordinate successful learning communities at the school level. Served as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team. Facilitated productive team meetings for HSA-tested areas, AP teachers, and SAT prep-classes while overseeing the testing process alongside the Testing Coordinator.

  •  Met with Division of Instruction Staff to receive updates on the most current information regarding accountability, content-related information, instructional methodology, and best practices.
  • Collected, recorded, and monitored progress of all HSA-related subject areas and AP courses.
  • Analyzed student data and worked with teachers, counselors, and administrators to place students in remediation courses.
  • Trained teachers in the administration and scoring of assessments and analysis of data in order to improve instruction in the classroom and identity students in need of appropriate academic support.
  • Planned and delivered staff development at the school level for teacher workdays and provided multiple opportunities for embedded staff development throughout the school year.
  • Coordinator of the Bridge Plan for Academic Verification at my high school. Responsible for identifying, monitoring, and tracking the progress of each individual student until they complete all the assigned projects and meet their HSA graduation requirements.
  • Maintained the AMO/AYP chart for my high school. As seniors entered, changed status, or withdrew, I was responsible for updating the information and forwarding it to Central Office where Research and Assessment compiled it over the course of the year.
  • Member of the North Point Scholarship Committee responsible for reading and scoring students scholarship essays and applications over the course of the year to make sure the award money goes to the location most deserving.
  • Visited classrooms to provide instructional feedback to teachers and co-teachers and/or modeled lessons as needed.
  • Participated in content planning meetings to assist teachers with incorporating the newest learning strategies in the classroom.
  • Participated, collected, and compiled all collected information obtained during the School Improvement Planning Process while assisting in monitoring the implementation of the plan.
  • Mentored new teachers to assist with their transition into the classroom as needed by providing lesson planning and classroom management strategies.
  • Created a resource-rich environment for teachers, including teacher materials and professional resources to build knowledge/expertise.
  • Identified students for participation in the Extended Day Program and wrote the proposal for the funding to be turned in to Central Office.
  • Assisted with curriculum development/revision at the county level and MOCK AP scoring as needed.
  • IG Pro Coordinator responsible for the successful use and implementation of 146 certificated teacher’s gradebooks and 2200 + student’s grades.
  • Administrator of North Point’s Study Island and EdLine online programs.

 

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD       Aug 2008 – June 2009

08 Physical Science Teacher

Led students toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, psychological and social growth while stimulating maximum learning in the science classroom. Developed lesson plans that met varied student needs, while following Maryland’s VSC. Evaluated and assessed children’s development, and implemented study methodologies to enhance children’s progress. Worked with all students (gifted and exceptional) in the advanced, inclusion, and collaborative settings.

  • Organized personal learning activities to meet each student’s needs. Consistently assessing and evaluating each student’s knowledge while modifying activities to fit each student’s understanding.
  • Continually maintained student interest and provided an interactive atmosphere to allow for maximum learning success through cooperative learning groups.
  • Designed a creative program with short-term goals geared to each student’s individual academic level through activities and games that taught children skills in a way that made learning fun while preparing them for the Grade 8 Science MSA.

 Name Redacted School System, Baltimore, MD     2007 – 03/2008

Middle School Science/Social Studies Teacher

Led students toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, psychological and social growth while stimulating maximum learning in the science classroom. Developed lesson plans that met varied student needs, while following Maryland’s VSC. Evaluated and assessed children’s development, and implemented study methodologies to enhance children’s progress.

  • Chair of School Achievement Committee. Responsible for holding meetings with committee members to discuss student achievement and report information to the Student Improvement Team and administrators, worked with faculty and staff to improve the success rate of students, determined who needs remediation by reviewing assessment data and implementing various strategies to improve student assessment scores.
  • Middle School Chair. Acted as communication liaison for other middle school teachers and administration. Coordinated the planning of middle school activities to increase student success. Held meetings with other middle school teachers to recommend other techniques and methodologies to reach all students on their learning level.
  • Organized personal learning activities to meet each student’s needs. Consistently assessed and evaluated each student’s knowledge while modifying activities to fit each student’s understanding.
  • Continually maintained student interest and provided an interactive atmosphere to allow for maximum learning success through cooperative learning groups.
  • Designed a creative program with short-term goals geared to each student’s individual academic level through activities and games that taught skills in a way that made learning fun.

 Name Redacted Public Schools, Richmond, VA      2003 – 2007

General Science, Life Science, Physical Science Teacher

Led students toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, psychological and social growth while stimulating maximum learning in the science classroom. Developed lesson plans that met varied student needs, evaluated and assessed children’s development, and implemented study methodologies to enhance children’s progress. Worked with all students (gifted and exceptional) in the advanced, inclusion, and collaborative settings.

  • Organized personal learning activities to meet each student’s needs. Consistently assessed and evaluated each student’s knowledge while modifying activities to fit each student’s understanding.
  • Continually maintained student interest and provided an interactive atmosphere to allow for maximum learning success through cooperative learning groups.
  • Managed and educated a diverse classroom while working directly with the special education teacher, achieving an 85% success rate on the Grade 8 Science SOL.
  • Worked in conjunction with my exceptional education co-teacher to create and organize portfolios for exceptional education students who were identified as being unable to take the states standardized test.
  • Coordinator in 2006 and 2007 for the Ticket to Reading Rewards Program. Tracked student progress from January to April according to the number of books read. Awards were given and each grade participated.
  • Taught Remediation Math to sixth graders in the 2004 summer school term and eighth grade students in the 2006 summer school term.
  • TeachFirst facilitator in 2006 for the eighth grade teachers. In charge of conducting semi-monthly staff development sessions to introduce new teaching strategies to eighth grade core (general and special education) teachers. Responsible for monitoring the proper implementation of these strategies within all eighth grade core classes through observations and writing detailed reports on the meetings to be sent to Central Office.
  • 2006-2007 co-presenter for city wide staff development sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Presentation topic on collaborative teaching and how to make it work for your setting. Some sessions focused on the importance of the general education understanding how to read an IEP and a 504 plan. Each participant left with various readings, self-assessments, and ideas to try in the classroom.

 Education

Ed.S., Educational Leadership – started 2016

Old Dominion University,  GPA: 4.00 – Currently seeking. This program is primarily designed to prepare aspiring leaders for school and division-level administrative positions. Course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience and leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12.

M.A., Education – Curriculum and Instruction – 2007

University of Phoenix, GPA: 3.97 – Degree completed May 29, 2007. The program encompassed the study of curricular planning and development with an integration of technology, assessment and evaluation practices, strategies for effective classroom instruction for a variety of learners and critical issues within the field of education. Thesis and action research topic: Improving the Success Rate of Gifted Middle School Students with Various Exceptionalities in the Academic Classroom Setting

Alternative Licensure – 2005           

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, GPA: 4.0 – Multitude of classes taken from 2003-2005 to complete my alternative licensure requirements. Courses ranged from adolescent growth and development, to reading in the content area, to instructional methods, and understanding basic pedagogy and principals of learning.

 B.S., Biology  – 2003

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, GPA: 3.46 – Dean’s List. Degree was tailored to cover all major biological topics with a strong focus on the human body. Major courses included but were not limited to ecology, mammology, evolution, ornithology, botany, anatomy and physiology, genetics, physics, and organic chemistry. Experience gained through course work: DNA electrophoresis, thin layer chromatography, karyotyping, as well as extensive research skills.

Coach

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern MD     2008-2009

JV Softball Assistant/Co-Coach, Name Redacted High School

Assisted the head/co-coach with organizing the JV Softball program. Assisted in instructing players in rules, regulations and techniques of the sport. Ensured proper supervision of student-athletes during practices, to and from competition, and during competition. Assessed players’ skills during practices and competitions and kept other coach informed of the athletic performance of each player. Worked with the JV and Varsity coaches in determining game strategy and followed established procedures in the event of an athlete’s injury.

Volunteer

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD     2011 – 2012

One Hour Lunch Clubs: Writing Club/Makeup Club  

Volunteer teacher during the high school’s one hour lunch block. I met with students on different days of the week to discuss topics as they relate to writing novels or the art of makeup. For writing club, students interested would peer-edit each other’s works, provide feedback on plot elements and free write. For makeup club, different techniques were taught to students interested in learning how to achieve different looks. Students wrote product reviews, tried a variety of brands and products provided by me, and either assisted or participated in the Fashion Show, held at the end of the year. This provided an opportunity for me to connect with students on a level beyond the science classroom. 

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD    2011-2012

Biology Tutor

Volunteer teacher as a tutor during my planning period, one-hour lunch, and occasionally after school. Helped students develop a firm understanding of any subject material of which they were unsure.  Provided students with supplemental materials to help them understand any content not understood initially. Allowed students to have the one-on-one relationship they do not get during the regular school day.

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD      2008 – 2009

Science Tutor

Volunteer teacher within a middle school as a tutor during my planning period, lunch, and occasionally after school. Helped students develop a firm understanding of any subject material of which they were unsure.  Provided students with supplemental materials to help them understand any content not understood initially. Allowed students to have the one-on-one relationship they do not get during the regular school day.

Name Redacted Public Schools, Southern  MD    2008 – 2009

Student Mentor

Volunteer teacher within a middle school as a mentor for female students ranging in grades 6-8. Students were able to come to me and discuss concerns they had with their peers, teachers, parents, and just life in general. I met with them as often as possible to check-in and make sure they were focusing on their academics.

Name Redacted Public Schools, Richmond, VA   2004 – 2007

Science Club

Volunteer teacher with middle school science club.  I assisted the science club director in planning and implementing activities for club meetings and provided scientific expertise and support. Club meeting were held in my classroom on occasion, and I provided supplies for the necessary lab exercises.

Name Redacted Public Schools, Richmond, VA    2006 – 2007

Science Tutor

Volunteer teacher within a middle school as a tutor during my planning period and occasionally after school. Helped students develop a firm understanding of any subject material of which they were unsure.  Provided students with supplemental materials to help them understand any content not understood initially. Allowed students to have the one-on-one relationship they do not get during the regular school day.

 Affiliations

  • Member, National Education Association, 2010 – current
  • Member, National Science Teachers Association, 2004 – Association for science teachers that promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
  • Member, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Kappa Epsilon Chapter, ODU, Norfolk, VA, 2003 – Honor society for students with a 3.4 or above in biological core classes.

Licenses

  • Postgraduate Professional Teaching License, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2013 – 2018 – All requirements have been met which authorize me to teach in Virginia schools teaching all Middle School Science and Biology related subject matter. First Aid/CPR/AED training met, as well as educational technology standards and child abuse intervention requirements fulfilled.

Conferences and Training

  • ISTEM Conference: Effective Teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, La Plata, MD., Spring 2012 — The goal of the day-long conference was to disseminate ideas and best practices that could be replicated in other educational settings.
  • College Board Forum 2010, Washington DC, October 2010 – A conference that invited teachers and administrators to learn about and discuss the upcoming changes and difficulties the education system faces as we prepare students for college.
  • Aspiring Leadership Institute, La Plata, MD. Summer 2010 – A weeklong institute that focused on instruction, accountability, communication, and group dynamics for aspiring leaders.
  • MAG Conference, Ocean City, MD, November 2009 – This conference discussed the importance of state testing as it related to the state of Maryland. Discussed mew methods of instruction and updates on state testing requirements.
  • TeachFirst Facilitator Training, TeachFirst, Richmond, VA, 2006 – 2007 – Ongoing through the 2006-2007 school year. Taught me how to facilitate professional learning communities for my school’s eighth grade team. Focused on ways to increase student achievement through the implementation of various learning strategies and tools and to increase teacher discussions regarding student progress. Awarded one college credit from VCU for participating.
  • Content Teaching Academy, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 2006 – 2006 – Weeklong conference covered all middle school SOLs and topics (general, life, and physical sciences). Majority of the week focused on the proper implementation of the learning cycle lesson plan and teaching through inquiry and investigation. Awarded three college credits from JMU for completing the academy and writing the required lesson plans. 
  • Content Literacy: Assessments, Standards, and Strategies for Middle Schools, William and Mary, Richmond, VA, 2005 – 2006 – Ongoing through the 2005-2006 school year. A variety of methods and skills were mapped and manipulated to determine how to teach reading successfully to students in every class. A multitude of strategies were reviewed and discussed in detail how they could be used successfully in any classroom setting.  Required to present most effective and interesting methods learned to all sixth grade teachers during a grade-level meeting.

 

  • Project Wet and Project WILD, Department of Environmental Quality, Chester, VA , 2004 – Week long workshop to determine the importance of Virginia’s watersheds, wetlands, and water quality. Lessons were given to help implement active student involvement while teaching Virginia’s SOLs. 

 

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Richmond, VA, 2004 – Workshop geared at teaching Virginia watershed’s to middle school students as well as water quality and conservation. Lesson materials were given to help students become successful with the mastering VA SOLs. 
  • Project Learning Tree, American Forest Foundation, Richmond, VA, 2004 – Workshop that included curriculum materials that provided the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment. Topics range from forests, wildlife, and water, to community planning, waste management and energy.

 References

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