PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES FACILITATOR/COACH
Talented English Language Arts teacher passionate about making the learning experience a positive one for all students. Works to improve school climate so that all students can learn course materials, as well as the social skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.
Professional Learning Communities Facilitator/Coach August 2014 to April 2015Teach For America － Los Angeles, CA
Designed challenging, targeted course curriculum for 2 PLC courses
Visited classrooms to evaluate and debrief teachers
Improved teachers' management and engagement
2 teachers from my PLC recognized/awarded for their expertise in their subject area(s)
levels of support and challenge for the PLC
Ensured pace, momentum
and enthusiasm were maintained to keep the PLC focused
and on track
Managed links and
networking critical to the success
and sustainability of the PLC.
Founding Teacher July 2011 to June 2013Alliance College Ready High School #16 － Los Angeles, CA
Founding 9th grade English Teacher.
Created and developed a scope and sequence to align with California State Content Standards.
Developed and implemented rigorous academic curriculum to bring students up to grade level.
Secondary English Teacher June 2011Teach For America － Los Angeles, CA
Selected from more than 47,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps.
Participated in intensive training program to develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve significant gains in student achievement.
Taught in a summer school program for students in Los Angeles Unified public schools and increased overall reading and writing proficiency.
Engaged in a full schedule of professional development activities, including seminars, discussion groups, workshops, individual and group reflections, readings, and learning teams specific to my teaching license area.
Tutor January 2010 to January 2011THE HARLEM ACADEM Y － NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Worked one-on-one with 6th graders weekly to improve creative writing acuity and polish technique.
Teacher January 2008 to CurrentGIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA SCHOLARS PROGRAM － NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Taught junior high and high school girls writing and college prep courses.
Designed course curriculum, lesson plans and end-of-term assessment for 48-50 students each semester.
Researched opportunities for submission of their work.
Devised a workable, strategic plan to help students meet their one, two and five-year goals; 97% now see college as a viable option.
Incorporated the Harvard Personal Statement/Essay question into the curriculum to acquaint students with complex essay writing for college applications and overall application process.
Founder/Managing Director January 2008 to CurrentPUBLISHING PREP － NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Designed and marketed an affordable literary curriculum to assist aspiring minority authors navigate the publishing landscape through author panels, workshops, and coaching led by authors, editors and literary agents.
Increased curriculum offering and expanded market presence to include all New York boroughs and tri-state area.
Six PREPsters have released books, two are in negotiation with agents, and several are working on final drafts.
Author January 2007 to CurrentPUBLISHED AUTHOR/RANDOM HOUSE － NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Author of Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House, 2007), Appetite (Random House, 2009) and Can't Help The Way That I Feel (Cleis, 2010).
Augmented marketing and promotional efforts of publisher.
Procured high-profile media placement in The Chicago Tribune, Page Six, Essence Magazine, The Wendy Williams Show, BET and more.
Coordinated and executed national promotional tours.
Increased sales for Confessions by 95%.
Teacher January 1996 to January 1997HOLY ANGELS SCHOOL CHI CAGO, I LLI NOI S
Taught 3rd grade in inner city Chicago.
Increased 75% of reading scores by one grade level.
MBA : MARKETING & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, 2002UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO － Chicago, ILGPA: GPA: 3.5
Bachelor of Science : Psychology, 1996STANFORD UNIVERSITY － Stanford, CAGPA: National Dean s List, Fall 1992, Winter 1992 , Spring 1992Psychology National Dean's List, Fall 1992, Winter 1992 , Spring 1992 Black Student Union, High School Tutor, Delta Sigma Theta, Peer Counselor, Stanford Dance Team