Motivated teaching professional with extensive knowledge in all aspects of Political Science. Former attorney with experience in litigation, trial practice, and the Criminal Justice system. Talent for developing stimulating lesson plans that promote multiculturalism and open-mindedness. Well-rounded and dedicated with exceptional interpersonal skills to cultivate and sustain meaningful relationships with the students and the school community.
Political Science Instructor
Mock Trial coach
Certified to teach Middle and High school Social Studies
Creative lesson planning
Technology integration skills
Contributing author to "Mediation: The Courtroom Alternative" published in Hartford Business Journal in November, 2006. Received the Academic Achievement Award - Trial Practice from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1999. Launched "Mock Trial" competition program at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in 2010. Initiated "Debate Team" at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in 2012. Commenced "National History Day Fair" at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in 2012. Selected to teach UConn ECE course in Political Science in 2012 at Capital Preparatory Magnet School.
09/2012 - Current
UConn Early College Experience － Storrs, CTPolitical Science InstructorDevelop and teach classroom course in Political Science and Criminal Justice.Emphasize the importance of academic honesty with students and instruct them on proper citation of research sources.Established course website to make updated handouts and other resources available to students at all times.Maintain regularly-scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
07/2010 - Current
Capital Preparatory Magnet School － Hartford, CTHigh School Social Studies TeacherChallenge and motivate students through in-depth lectures and discussions.Lecture and communicate effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.Inspire students to translate their academic interests into the real world by taking positive actions.Initiate thought-provoking classroom discussions to help students develop their critical thinking abilities. Initiated and serve as faculty sponsor for student Debate Club.Developed and teach classroom course in Political Science with special emphasis on Criminal Justice.
10/2006 - 05/2009
Pepe & Hazard LLP － Hartford, CTCorporate - Litigation Senior AttorneySpecialized in commercial real estate transactions and healthcare litigation. Reviewed and negotiated legal documents relating to the real estate and the healthcare industries. Reviewed documents for healthcare malpractice class action suits. Conducted legal research and facts investigation for case litigation. Appeared for status conferences and settlement conferences. Interviewed and prepared witnesses for cases. Retained as outside counsel for State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office in corporate finance transactions.
06/2005 - 05/2006
UTC, Carrier Corporation － Farmington, CTSenior AttorneyAnalyzed complex sales contracts related to products and services. Managed dispute resolution negotiations on behalf of the commercial division related to product defect, contract terminations and a myriad of associated matters. Analyzed employer policies, procedures and work rules to verify full compliance. Conducted audits on company policies. Represented the employer in legal proceedings. Initiated dialog between parties involved in disputes.
09/1999 - 06/2005
Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP － Hartford, CTCommercial Real Estate AttorneySpecialized in commercial real estate transactions and litigation. Reviewed and negotiated legal documents relating to the banking industry. Counseled clients on terms of mortgage modification and mitigation offers.
University of Connecticut School of Law － West Hartford, CT, USAJ.D.: LawTrial Practice Academic Achievement Award Minority Fellowship - Business Law Instructor, Capital Community Technical College
Western New England College － West Springfield, MA, USAMBA: Business Administration
University of Saint Joseph － West Hartford, CT, USABachelor of Arts: American StudiesGraduated Cum Laude Political Science Academic Achievement Award