A Momma of Drama Reflects on Theatre, Teaching and Directing
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.
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
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
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
CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARD National League of Cities and National Black Caucus of Elected Officials
DISNEY AMERICAN TEACHER 2001, 2002, 2003
Drama & Speech Teacher
OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR IN A SPECIALIZED AREA COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Columbia, MO 1995 & 2003
TEACHER OF THE MONTHDowntown Rotary Columbia, MO 1996