Since my childhood, I have been an avid learner; school and learning has always been my passion, even though I was not the smartest in the classroom. This has led me into the teaching field, particularly early education because the primary school students are so excited, enthusiastic, and new to learning. I believe that getting children excited about learning is essential in the learning process. I have striven to make this a part of my teaching style. I also believe that in order for a child to want to learn, the parents must be an integral part of that process which is why I have gone to great lengths in my career to involve parents both in and out of the classroom. Finally I believe that educational achievement is not solely based on test scores. I have spent my time as a teacher encouraging students to step outside the parameters set by others. I strongly believe that a student's true achievement comes from their development in confidence, independence and self-awareness academically and within the learning community.
Creative learning strategies
Managing classroom for diverse populations
Positive learning environment
Outstanding social skills
Effective time management
Age-appropriate lesson planning
Strong collaboratorExperience with special-needs students
Computer proficientPositive reinforcement
Student Behavior Plans
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Museum Educator | 10 Children's Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | January 2010 - August 2010I led small group activities (ages 2-7) for various exhibits in the museum. I assisted elementary age children in arts and crafts as well as giving them an understanding of various basis scientific principles. I also was a liaison for visiting elementary school field trips to the museum.
St. Edmund's AcademyExtended Day Teacher | 5705 Darlington Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15217 | August 2009 - August 2011I led after school activities for students (grades kindergarten to 5th grade). This , involved assisting them with homework, organizing pick-up games, and providing general supervision for students staying after school.
Chartiers Valley Primary SchoolKindergarten Teacher | 125 Thoms Run Rd. Bridgeville, PA 15017 | August 2012 - CurrentI have led in-service training on Fountas and Pinnell Reading Levels and organized reading level kits for other teachers based on the Fountas and Pinnell program. In my kindergarten lessons, I incorporate guided reading and guided math, differentiated instruction, writers workshop, and cross-group instruction. I use these methods to elevate test scores in all areas. I am currently involved in a book study with other primary school teachers and curriculum leaders to continue my education as an educator. I strongly encourage my students' parents to be directly involved in their child's learning. Parents volunteer weekly to be a "guest reader", assist with small group activities, and an "open house Friday" where parents come in and are led through certain activities by their son or daughter. I work in an inclusive classroom (I work with many special needs students as well as students who are learning English as their second language). I have experience in many technology enhancements for the classroom. I have also been a teacher for Chartiers Valley Primary School reading and math summer camp.
High School DiplomaMount Lebanon Senior High School155 Cochran Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15228 | 2007
Bachelor of ScienceApplied Developmental Psychology University of PittsburghAlumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 2011
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Children's Literature Certificate
Master of EducationInstruction and LearingUniversity of PittsburghAlumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 2012
General Special Education
Certificate of Advanced Study for Teaching Elementary Education