Motivated, dedicated and goal-driven educator with a genuine commitment to supporting educators in understanding child development and its relationship to instruction & assessment Easy-going and approachable with excellent communication skills to develop meaningful relationships Ability to handle new challenges and work independently or as part of a team Resourceful, innovative and passionate about creating a thoughtful and engaging learning environment in which all learners (adult and children) feel welcome, valued and comfortable Reflective and intentional with the ability to provide strengths-based feedback through powerful interactions to support the growth of educators and children Areas of Professional Interest: The Reggio Emilia approach, observation and assessment using authentic performance assessments, the project approach, emergent curriculum, integrating the use of technology and 21st century skills
Coach teachers individually and in small groups to support the integration of our magnet school theme
Work with staff to analyze student assessment data and develop instructional plans to address students' developmental needs
Coach teachers and provide strength-based feedback through Powerful Interactions to assist them in their ability to become more intentional about instructional decisions using best practices
Design and implement professional professional learning experiences for all staff
Communicate with families and facilitate workshops for parents on curriculum/instructional issues and topics, as well as the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
Attend and participate in regional, national and international conferences related to the Reggio Approach, developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction and educational leadership
Support teachers in developing an understanding in the developmental domains of the Work Sampling System 5th Edition, an authentic performance based assessment for Pre-K through Grade 3 (including the online web-based assessment tool - Work Sampling Online)
Update all documentation for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant
Collaborate with Goodwin College accounting department to track grant spending, including reviewing monthly expense reports and writing purchase orders
Lead our program in the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Accreditation process for our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms
Pre-Kindergarten TeacherSep 2013 - Feb 2014 Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet SchoolEast Hartford, CT
Communicated with parents on a consistent basis regarding their child's growth and progress; as well as areas of concern
Utilized Creative Curriculum as a framework for planning learning experiences
Input observations and assessment data online using Teaching Strategies GOLD to monitor and track student progress
Created a classroom environment that welcomed families and children
Participated on the leadership committee
Assisted with scheduling of classroom specials (art/music) and outdoor learning times
Acted as a TEAM mentor to three colleagues participating in the state teacher induction program
Pre-Kindergarten TeacherSep 2009 - Aug 2013 Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet SchoolBloomfield, CT
Developed and implemented IEPs for children with cognitive, social/emotional and language development delays Collaborated with staff providing other related services (SLP, OT, PT, Social Worker)
Attended and participated in grade-level data teams
Acted as a member of the Advisory Committee, addressing and determining solutions school-wide concerns and problems
Mentored student interns from the University of Hartford early childhood program.
Head TeacherMay 2007 - Sep 2009 South Windsor Child Development CenterSouth Windsor, CT
Planned and conducted an effective child development program based on NAYEC goals and Connecticut curriculum standards
Maintained written records designed to evaluate each individual child as well as the class as a whole
Planned and presented SWCDC's first annual "Family Literacy Night"
Creating Inviting and Inspiring Environments, School for Young Children Fall Workshop SeriesWest Hartford, Connecticut
Building Self Regulation Skills in Young Children, 2014 Annual Magnet Schools of America National Conference (Hartford, Connecticut.
Creating Inviting and Inspiring Spaces for Young Children
Annual Magnet Schools of America National ConferenceHartford, Connecticut
Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development InstituteNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Project Approach & Emergent Curriculum Pedagogical Documentation Reggio Inspired Curriculum Planning Incorporating Nature into the Classroom June 2015, Using Work Sampling to Support an Integrated Approach to Enhancing Child Outcomes and Program Quality from Preschool-Third Grade, co-authored presentation with Judy Jablon and colleagues.
Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School
Pedagogical Documentation: Mini Stories.
Story Workshop: Integrating the Arts and Literacy in Pre-Kindergarten.
May 2015, Documenting Group Learning: reflections and inspiration from a trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy, Annual Reggio Emilia Inspired Institute at Goodwin College (East Hartford, Connecticut).
Master of Arts: Early Childhood/ Special Education2012 University of Saint JosephHartford, CT
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education2007 Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CT Early Childhood Education