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EducationI am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh for both my graduate and undergraduate degrees. I was accepted into the CASE (Combined Accelerated Studies of Education) program, which is a rigorous dual early childhood education and special education teacher preparation program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology and a Master of Education in Instruction in Learning in a combined total of five years.
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in April 2013, and retuned to Pitt two weeks later at the beginning of May to begin my graduate coursework. One year after receiving my first degree, earned a Master of Education in Instruction and Learning in April 2014, and retuned back to the Philadelphia area to begin my teaching career.
Master of Education (M.Ed) in Instruction & Learning: 4/2014 University of Pittsburgh, School of Education (GPA: 3.9)
Bachelors of Science (B.S) in Applied Developmental Psychology: 4/2013 University of Pittsburgh (GPA: 3.9)
ExperienceI am a highly qualified, Pennsylvania certified General and Special Education Teacher with a Master’s degree, who has taught both in school districts and in charter schools. I currently hold PA teaching certifications in the following areas:
Elementary Education (Grades PreK- 6), Mathematics Education (Grades 7-8), English Language Arts and Reading Education (Grades 7-8), Special Education (Grades PreK – 8).
My certifications span a range of academic subjects, instructional methods, content area curriculum, etc. along a wide developmental continuum. Additionally, my M.Ed. in Instruction and Learning and my B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh have greatly influenced my teaching methods to reflect the science of how the brain learns.
I have effectively taught students across all ages from Pre-Kindergarten to Ninth Grade. In addition to diverse ages, I also have experience teaching special and regular education students, ranging in ability level from children with multiple disabilities requiring ABA instruction to children who are gifted, requiring enrichment instruction that is multiple grade levels ahead.
Through these experiences I have acquired a large collection of lessons and materials pertaining to a multitude to subjects on various levels. Particularly, I have extensive materials and specialize in improving student’s skills in the following areas: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Mathematics Computation/Operation, Mathematics Problem Solving, Pre-Algebra, Organization, Time Management & Task Completion.
I find that I have an innate ability to differentiate instruction; I effectively identify and employ instructional methods that best educate students while simultaneously forming genuine relationships with them. I am able to do this because I begin the learning process by first getting to know the student for who they are as both a person and a learner so that I can meet them where they are at their current level. I then guide them to significant progress by drawing on their unique strengths and interests when implementing instructional methods that target their areas of weakness, which maximizes confidence, willful engagement, and enjoyment in their learning.
I look forward to hearing from you soon! I have a highly successful track record with improving student’s skill levels in both overall performance (improving from a first grade reading level to a third grade reading level) as well as in specified target areas (achieving proficiency of 90% on seventh grade level computation and operation math probes). I am dedicated to facilitating success in each student through instructional strategies that are responsive to the each individual’s present level and learning style.
PA TEACHING CERTIFICATIONS:
1. Pre-K to Grade 6
2. English Language Arts & Reading Grades 7-8
3. Mathematics Grades 7-8
4. Special Education Pre-K-8
1.Special Education Teacher Grades 3-5; Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School
2. Special Education (Specifically Learning Support) Teacher Grades 7-9; Central Bucks School District
3. Long Term Special Education (Specifically Learning Support) Teacher Grades 6-8; Pittsburgh Public Schools
4. Special Education (Specifically Learning Support) Student Teacher Grades 6-8; Pittsburgh Public Schools
5. Third Grade Student Teacher; Pittsburgh Public Schools
6. Multiple Disabilities Special Education Student Teacher; Children's Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
HobbiesI have a very wide range of hobbies and interests because I am always trying to learn something new! These hobbies and interests range from watching, playing and coaching many different sports (field hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, football) to reading anything that intrigues me (novels, blogs, magazines), to artistic expression (drawing, painting, pastels, watercolors, music of all genres, playing instruments (piano & clarinet)!
Dyslexia, 7th Grade Science, 7th Grade Writing, 8th Grade, 8th Grade math, 8th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Writing, 7th Grade Reading, ADD, ADHD, AIMS, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Computational Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Drawing, 7th Grade math, Elementary Algebra, Elementary Math, English, Essay Editing, Executive Functioning, Expository Writing, French, French 1, French 1, French 2, Geography, Gifted, Special Education, SSAT- Elementary Level, Vocabulary, 4th Grade, Study Skills And Organization, Summer Tutoring, Writing, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade Writing, 3rd Grade, 1st Grade math, 1st Grade Reading, 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade math, 2nd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade math, 3rd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Science, 3rd Grade Writing, 1st Grade Writing, 4th Grade math, 4th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Science, 4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade, 5th Grade math, 5th Grade Reading, 5th Grade Science, 5th Grade Writing, 6th Grade, 6th Grade math, 6th Grade Reading, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Writing, 7th Grade
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