I have taught English at the high school level since 1997. I have taught all grade levels and tracks, 9-12, as well as elective courses. For the past nine years, I have taught Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, and for the past five years, I have been the English Department Chairperson. I have been evaluated under the Ohio Teacher's Evaluation System as an "Accomplished" teacher.
Earned the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the College of Wooster in February of 2008
Nominated and elected by my peers as Educator of the Year at Westlake High School 2013
87% of my AP English Literature and Composition students passed the AP Literature and Composition Exam with a 3 or higher in 2015 (compared to 55% nationally); 16% scored a 5 (compared to 7.6 percent nationally)
Presented all class material and policies accurately and clearly for three classes each semester.
Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
Met with parents and guardians to discuss students' progress at least once per semester.
Enforced both classroom and administration policies and rules at all times.
Established positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.
Encouraged discussion of class material to promote critical thinking.
Participated in regular training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
Kept accurate records of student performance, maintaining the confidentiality of student records and information at all times.
Incorporated engaging texts to enhance literacy skills and foster a fun and engaging learning environment.
Integrated technology into the curriculum to develop students' word processing and research skills.
Drafted letters of recommendation for students' college applications.
Worked cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curricula for special education students according to Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
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