University of Maine Orono (Master's)
University of Maine Orono (PhD)
With a Ph.D. in history, and a master's and bachelor's in journalism, I have a lot of writing experience. Not only am I an SAT grader and an AP reader, but I am a high school and college educator. I work with college-bound and college-aged individuals on a daily basis and feel very comfortable interacting with young people possessing diverse skills and backgrounds. Though currently working with older students, I have also worked at the elementary and middle school levels. In my role as a teacher, I have been intimately involved with curriculum development, learning communities, ESL teaching, teacher mentoring, student-teacher mentoring and evaluations, classroom visitations, recruitment of students and teachers, professional development, academic and career advising, and committee involvement. In addition, as a member of the New England Independent Schools Re-accreditation Committee, I have first-hand knowledge of the ingredients necessary for a successful secondary and post-secondary academic experience.
I am very familiar with the high school and college setting and the attributes a young person needs to be successful at an institution of higher learning and in the “real world.” In all of my teaching positions, whether at the high school or college-level, I have assumed administrative roles serving on committees, initiating new programs, and collaboratively working with others in a myriad of activities. I thrive on creating a positive environment when I am working with students. Creativity and an ability to quickly assess a situation and develop a successful strategy to meet the needs of that “issue” are hallmarks of my personality.
Being a good teacher requires one to work with colleagues and utilize a variety of techniques to reach all students. Assessing those techniques is also essential. Throughout my career I have tried to find new opportunities to enhance my students’ learning experience. For the past three years, the College Board has hired me to be a reader for the Advanced Placement European History exam. This week-long reading/grading experience allows me to work with scholars from around the country. The collaborative atmosphere and intense academic experience the “AP Reading” provides keeps me attuned to changes in the history curriculum and pedagogy from educators working around the country. For the past three years, my students’ Advanced Placement scores have measurably increased due to the outside knowledge I have gleaned working with other educators at the “AP Reading,” and from initiating new classroom techniques — such as bottom-up learning and a scaffolding approach.
In addition to teaching in the traditional classroom setting, I have online teaching, tutoring, and grading experience. All my history classes have an online component that I update regularly. Besides the interactive work that I post online, my students and I communicate via bulletin boards and email. Using the Internet has allowed me to extend the school day for those students who need reinforcement and provide a one-on-one experience for them. I also have a significant amount of experience using online grading techniques. I was hired by Pearson Educational Assessment in 2005 to be a reader for the essay portion of the College Board’s Standardized Assessment Test. This freelance, part-time position continues to be a source of intellectual stimulation for me; the essays I read provide me with a national perspective on the writing process and the technology that Pearson uses to monitor my growth as a grader has made me a better teacher. I recently was hired by Pearson to work on other on-line essay assessments: State of Virginia, Arizona, and New Mexico standardized tests to name a few.
Each and every day I am in the classroom, I try to convey to my students my love of learning and my desire to instill in them the tools necessary to be life-long learners. Feedback from my students has been positive. Besides yearly student evaluations that have always been very good, in the last few years I have received two teaching awards — The University of Maine Outstanding Teaching Award and Saint Michael’s College Unsung Hero Award — based on former students’ nominations because of the difference I made in their lives. These awards were the highest compliment I could receive for my teaching abilities.
I am a high-energy person with a lot of enthusiasm and passion for education. In my fifteen years of teaching at both the high school and college levels, I have served as a role model for life-long learning and worked to foster intellectual curiosity in my students. With a Ph.D. in history, and a master's and bachelor's in journalism, I have a lot of writing experience. Not only am I an SAT grader and an AP reader, but I am a high school and college educator. I work with college-bound and college-aged individuals on a daily basis and feel very comfortable interacting with young people possessing diverse
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