Humanities Teacher, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA: 2012-present
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Middle School English Teacher, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA: 2004-2012
Taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English and Language Arts in Quaker school. Curricular highlights include 6th grade production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, video book trailers and discussion blogs for 7th grade Book Choice unit, year-long 8th grade writing anthology of personal vignettes, 6th grade research project on ancient world artifacts, periodic open-ended art projects to complement 7th grade literature units, and 8th grade analytical essay on film adaptations of Taming of the Shrew. Collaborated with library, art, and social studies to develop interdisciplinary research unit on immigration and cities, which included cultural field trips and grade-wide urban scavenger hunt.
Championed thematic cohesion of 7th and 8th grade literature curriculum with essential questions. Incorporated components of media literacy, critical literacy, and reading fluency into curriculum. Integrated smartboards, blogs, wikis, screencasts, podcasts, social media, and video editing into instruction. Pioneered use of technology (RSS feeds, e-mail, social media) to provide regular class updates to parents. Used advanced collaboration and commenting features on Google Docs to provide targeted feedback on student writing.
Observed and assisted 10th grade English class 1-2 times/week for trimester. Participated in comprehensive department-wide curricular mapping using Atlas Rubicon. Discussed K-12 sequence of English instruction, particularly in writing and grammar. Part of task group to review and recommend grammar textbooks for Middle and Upper Schools.
Reviewed over 15 hours of video footage of classroom instruction in 2010. Created over 3 weeks of virtual instruction on Shakespeare while out for jury duty.
Member of Technology Committee and Committee for Teaching and Learning. Led several professional development workshops, including book discussion groups, service learning, and technology.
Headed Middle School Creative Writing, Robotics Club, Math Team, Drama Club.
As MS Service Coordinator, solicited service projects and speakers for advisory groups, family volunteers, and entire division. Annual spring Service Day involved ~200 volunteers at 6-8 sites around city.
Middle School Teacher, Young Scholars Charter School, Philadelphia, PA: 2002-2004
Taught 60+ sixth grade inner-city students Language Arts (~80% on free lunch). Improved reading fluency by average of 40% over one semester using a Direct Instruction curriculum of Corrective Reading. Supplemented 25 student class in Ancient World History with readings and original materials based on Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
Taught basic computer literacy throughout middle school. Upgraded and supported school’s technology infrastructure, including setup of wireless LAN. Created summer school program on computer animation based on Macromedia Flash MX.
Co-authored “An Educator’s Guide to Direct Instruction” with Dr. Saul Axelrod (Professor of Special Education at Temple University)
Team Leader, National School and Community Corps (EducationWorks), Philadelphia, PA: 2001-2002
Awarded Americorps Corpsmember of the Year in Service (Common Ground Award). Created school-wide service-learning program in partnership with 30+ community organizations and businesses.
Managed four-person Americorps team to support Young Scholars Charter School, 200-student middle school in North Philadelphia. Supervised new support programs in special ed tutoring, in-class assistance, socialized recess, computer instruction, and drama.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD — B.A., Writing Seminars: 1995
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA — M.Ed., Secondary English: 2004