Award winning, creative, self directed, enthusiastic teacher with a passionate and driven commitment to student development and the learning plan rocess.  Skilled in the design of challenging, original and innovative drama activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students.  Possesses outstanding communication skills, presents information in a variety of ways, emphasizes relevance of class material to the world beyond the classroom.  Active team member who effectively collaborates with all levels of the staff and establishes quality relationships with students.

Experience in:

Positive Behavior Support                                                         Student Centered Learning

Creative Arts Learning                                                                 Multicultural Awareness

Differentiated Instruction                                                           Student Assessment

Cooperative Learning                                                                     Curriculum Development

 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

MED Education (Creative Arts Learning) Lesley College Cambridge, MA

BFA Theater & Speech Stephens College Columbia, MO

Additional Hours in English & Education University of Missouri-Columbia

 Missouri Lifetime Secondary Teaching Certificate # 0415599 in English, Speech and Drama

 Colorado Secondary Teaching Certificate #30433606 in English, Speech and Drama

Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, Engrade, Eschool, Curriculum Tracker, 75WPM, Infinite Campus

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

APEX HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM Longmont, CO       2011-2016

Theatre/Language Arts/Film Making Teacher–Longmont

Teach students grade second through 12th in various subjects in theatre, film making and language arts. Serve as the lead teacher for three musical theatre productions (18 in total), created curriculum and adapted plays to suit students’ needs. Retained 95% of returning students, in Musical Theatre class each year.

OPTION SCHOOLS AURORA SCHOOL DISTRICT Aurora, CO                                           2010-2011

Theatre/Speech & Debate/ Language Arts Teacher-Longmont & Boulder

Schooled students grade second through 12th in various subjects in theatre and language arts, served as the lead teacher for three musical theatre productions, created curriculum and adapted plays to suit students’ needs. Retained 95% of returning students, doubling enrollment in two classes for 2011-2012 year.

ST.VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT Longmont, CO                                               2009-2010

Theatre, Language Arts Teacher, Arts Integration Specialist, Director

Developed innovative drama program in new visual and performing arts middle school, served as drama specialist to other educators seeking mentoring in arts integration, directed all school musical of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. involving 60 students

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER Broomfield, CO                                               2008

Teacher

Tutored students seeking remedial assistance in language arts and math, worked with elementary and middle school aged students one on one and in small groups, diagnosed students needs, graded lessons and tests

COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Columbia, MO                                                                   1995-2008

Theatre, Speech, Language Arts Teacher

Taught 400 sixth grade students drama and speech each year: assumed all responsibilities of regular classroom teacher, including professional development, communication with parents, assessment of students and staff meetings.

Collaborated with cooperative teachers to develop curriculum and lesson plans, performed basic administrative duties such as recording attendance and provided individual assistance to students.

  • Established English Language Learners drama club, the only club of its kind in the nation integrating dramatic arts into language, sponsored weekly meetings, established curriculum and to support program, directed students in public performance for parents and friends

  • Directed at-risk, reluctant readers, brought up reading scores by three grade levels through a stage reading of “Holes” included faculty in cast, performed for school as well as public, wrote and was awarded state grant ($500) focused upon service learning, donated box office receipts to school’s literacy program

  • Spearheaded and initiated professional development seminars in theatre subjects instructed professional educators at local, state and national level (Kamishibai storytelling, radio theatre, staged readings, etc.)

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION St. Vrain Valley Schools

Awardee                     2016 

CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARD National League of Cities and National Black Caucus of Elected Officials

                                      Winner                                                        2008    

                          Artistic Director                                                                         

DISNEY AMERICAN TEACHER                                                               2001, 2002, 2003

Distinguished Nominee

Drama & Speech Teacher

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR IN A SPECIALIZED AREA COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Columbia, MO                                                                                                                                                     1995 & 2003

Distinguished Nominee

TEACHER OF THE MONTH     Downtown Rotary Columbia, MO                                                      1996

Winner