Creative, social innovator with extensive project experience from original concept to strategic development. Talents include thoughtful and socially-conscious program design, systems thinking across disciplines and departments, inert ability to problem solve, and consistent dedication to authentic collaboration, even in the most challenging circumstances.
Collaboratively researched, planned and executed deep professional development experiences for educators, administrators, and community members around culture development and systemic change. Utilized human-centered design and mindset techniques to support professional transformation.
Developed an innovative curriculum model that utilizes the environment as a teaching tool. Engaged partnerships with organizations to develop relationships rather than "one-hit-wonder" programs. Piloted alternative measurements for student thinking and learning. Provided leadership for changing the conversation around education, the profession, school governance, and school design. Utilized human-centered design to support and develop systems and infrastructure to "rethink school."
Instructed students at all grade levels using non-traditional practices, including using 600+ acre park as an extended classroom. Developed curriculum for all grade levels integrating the science, tech, and engineering standards. Provided professional development for teachers in curriculum development and integration of content areas. Supported infrastructure, systems, and early development of a new organization.
Instructed 4th grade highly gifted students with various levels and abilities in math, reading, social studies, sciences, and the arts. Created and adapted curriculum materials for instruction based on curriculum blueprints from elementary and middle school guidelines. Worked collaboratively with the Washington National Opera to create original operas with 75 students annually. Provided a basis of knowledge of gifted education to parents, colleagues and community. Taught and practiced problem solving, creative problem solving and creative thinking models with students.
Coordinated and executed public relation strategies, events, and media placements. Discussed and prepared crisis communication plans for clients and strategic partners. Designed and implemented environmental communications programs for corporate clients. Advised clients on strategic philanthropy partnerships and environmental education programs.
Supported media relations, media lists, and outreach efforts for clients. Refined materials, publications, and marketing pieces. Developed internal cultural programs to support a fun, thoughtful, and creative work environment.
Developed new Energy and Resource Conservation Education program for grades 2-12. Drafted grant proposals for environmental education projects in the Pittsburgh City Schools. Designed, authored and edited program newsletter and other publications and presentations. Wrote curriculum about the built environment for vocational and middle school students. Planned teacher workshops and events to illustrate connections of the natural and built environments.
Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) Program
expertise in 21st century teaching and learning, systems thinker and passionate about ecological literacy, human-centered design facilitator, strong written and communication skills, proficiency in social media and community outreach, and strong ability to visually communicate ideas, concepts, notes, and programs
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