Syracuse University (TV'Radio Production)
Syracuse University (Master's)
CUNY Queens College (MEd)
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
Having been one of those students who had most things come rather easily to me, it completely crushed me the first time I had to balance a chemical equation and felt like a proverbial fish out of water. That would be the first in a number of concepts, scientific and otherwise, that would leave me wheezing. I thought, "How could I be so good at some things, but then really stink at others?"
When I began my career in education 14 years ago, I was immediately interested in learning how we learn, and how best to reach diverse populations with equally diverse strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This has been the foundation upon which I built a thirteen-year career with the New York City Department of Education as first an elementary general education teacher, then later as a middle school science teacher. At present, I work at a prominent science-based institution as part of the only professional development program for middle school science teachers in the city. As much as I love helping science teachers improve their practice, I still miss the instruction time with the children.
Upon meeting students, I like to spend some initial time getting to know their likes/dislikes, learning styles, and where they really excel. It's very helpful if there are current assessments or assignments. If a teacher has specific skills that require more development that's helpful as well. If not, we can begin with some diagnostic exams instead. While understanding content is certainly important, we may also need to work on ways to process and apply learned knowledge to new situations.
Please allow me to help your child transform his/her strengths into successful skills that transcend bubbles sheets and scantrons. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
Having been one of those students who had most things come rather easily to me, it completely crushed me the first time I had to balance a chemical equation and felt like a
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I hold a valid NYS Permanent PK-6 Common Branches license. I provided Academic Intervention Services for fourth grade ELA and Math for one year, and then taught general education second grade to students of mixed abilities for another five. I spent the rest of my time with the DOE teaching general science to grades six through eight.
I paid for my first master's degree (which was a specialization in children's and educational media) by being a teaching assistant for the music production course. Currently, I freelance as an audio engineer for live events with The Honablue Institute of Audio Engineering.
In another one of my lives, I spent five years as a spoken word artist, releasing an album as well as performing in many venues within the tristate area. I was even a finalist in the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe Grand Slam Finale. As a teacher, I directed three schoolwide productions, two of which were funded by The Shubert Foundation/MTI's "Broadway Jr." program.