Summary of Qualifications

An enthusiastic and innovative educator with experience teaching at K-12 and post-secondary institutions.
Winner of the prestigious Milken Educator Award and a top ten national finalist for the Best in Education Award.
Over eight years of teaching experience and four years of administrative experience in K-12 schools.
Knowledgeable and experienced in working with diverse populations, such as special education and ESL individuals.
Often recruited to provide district and regional professional developments for teachers and administrators in best teaching practices for technology integration with diverse populations.
Currently obtaining a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Applications for Education, Blackboard, Canvas, PowerSchool, EdInsight, Adobe Connect, SmartBoard Products, WordPress, Wild Apricot and many other technology/cloud based programs.


Pennsylvania Level II Certification: Special Education, N-12
Pennsylvania Level II Certification: Elementary Education, K-6
Pennsylvania Level II Certification: Mathematics, 7-9
Pennsylvania Level II Certification: ESL Program Specialist
IC3: Internet and Computing Core Certification
Google Apps for Education Certified
Lab Safety: Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Certification
NHI: Protecting Human Research Participants



Doctor of Education (Ed.D) [in progress] with majors in:
Educational Leadership and Administration; Anticipated May, 2019
Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA
            Overall GPA: 4.0

Master of Education (M.Ed) with major in:
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Literacy; May, 2014
Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA
            Overall GPA: 3.8

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in with majors in:
Special Education and Elementary Education; May, 2009
Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA
            Overall GPA: 3.3

High School Diploma; June, 2005
Sts. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, Philadelphia, PA
            Salutatorian / Overall GPA: 3.9


K-12 Full-Time Work Experience and Employment

5th Grade Math and Science Teacher, Learning Liaison
School District of Philadelphia, Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
August 2015- Present

I successfully plan, modify and implement innovative lessons to general education, special education and ESL students in the 5th grade. I provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional and social growth as well as develop their 21st century learning skills.
I implement a blended learning rotation model in my math classes and a lab-focused science class. I have developed my own classroom website as well as utilize the Google Classroom platform. In my classroom, I raised over $10,000 for a 3D Printer and other technologies to support my STEAM curriculum. As a learning liaison, I assist my supervisor in grant writing projects for technology. I am responsible for training, supporting and monitoring our faculty and staff on the implementation of technology programs within our building.


ESL & Special Education Coordinator and Lead STEM Teacher
ASPIRA Bilingual Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
August 2012- August 2015

ESL & Special Education Coordinator

I regularly completed coaching sessions, informal teacher observations and instructional analyses for all teachers using the Danielson's Framework for Teaching. I successfully supervised the ESL program, assisted in the development of an ESL policy for our entity, completed school reporting to the DOE, maintained all ESL paperwork and conducted the required assessments for ESL students. In addition, I also was responsible for curriculum writing for diverse learners in grades 7-12 in Mathematics. I maintained all special education paperwork and completed school reporting to the DOE. I completed compliance monitoring regularly and ensured that all special education files were audit-ready. I assisted our director in establishing policies, procedures and regulations for all special education services provided at our entity. I wrote and implemented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and other related special education documents, as well as conducted progress monitoring for students. I provided special education parent workshops, professional developments and held weekly special education and RTII meetings.

Lead STEM Teacher
I was responsible for teaching part-time 7th through 9th grade courses in math, science and technology. As a lead STEM teacher, I successfully supervised STEM programs and school data within our entity. I was responsible for maintaining the school website and intranet. I facilitated professional developments for faculty and staff regularly. I researched, purchased and monitored all programs being used by faculty and staff, and ensure that all academic needs are being met. I continually fostered a successful partnership between my school and educational vendors/providers. Such vendors include, Pearson, Adobe, PGI, MobileCitizen, IEPWriter, Edmentum, Acellus, etc. I analyzed all school data collected through various platforms for our school improvement plan.

7th and 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher,
Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
February 2011- August 2012

I successfully planned, modified and instructed grade-level mathematics to general and special education populations. I provided students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional and social growth. I developed competencies and skills in students to function on grade or instructional level though using data to drive my instruction.

Middle School Special Education Teacher,
Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
August 2009- February 2011

I developed and implemented appropriate supplemental curriculum in Mathematics and English, and behavioral strategies for students in a resource room setting for students in grades fifth through eight. All strategies that I implemented were research-based and fostered a positive learning environment for students. I wrote and implemented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and other related special education documents, as well as conducted progress monitoring for students.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Student Teacher (Special Education),
Sheridan Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
January 2009- May 2009

I assisted the classroom teacher in planning and implementing academic, communicative, behavioral and social strategies for students with specific learning disabilities, autism, and behavioral/emotional disabilities in a Kindergarten/1st Grade within a general education and resource room setting.


Middle and High School Tutor,
St. Dominic’s Tutoring Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 2006- May 2009

I tutored students in middle and high school. Some courses included, English Literature, Middle School Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Science courses.


After-School/ Summer Camp Counselor and Gymnastics Director,
Philadelphia Department of Recreation: Palumbo Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 2004- May 2008

After-School/ Summer Camp Counselor
I coordinated various camp activities such as educational enrichment, sports, creative and performing arts, dance/gymnastics and arts and crafts. Scheduling filed trips, coordinated the breakfast and lunch program, collected weekly camp payments, and ensured all staff members complete their time sheets properly.

Gymnastics Director
I trained children ages 3-15 in tumbling and competitive gymnastics. I collected gymnastics payments/fees and completed all required paperwork for the City of Philadelphia, Department of Recreation.

K-12 Part-Time Work Experience and Employment


1st-6th Grade STEM Teacher for Camp Invention,
Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL), Philadelphia, PA
August 2016

Camp Invention is a one week summer program where student creativity, innovation, and problem-solving are challenged in fun and exciting ways. Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program inspired by the brightest thinkers around, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. During this program, I focused on developing problem-solving and engineering skills.


7th-10th Grade Science Teacher and Mentor,
Steppingstone Scholars at William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
July 2016- August 2016

The Steppingstone Scholars program provides year-long academic enrichment programs, mentoring programs and supports for low-income families enrolled at independent, Quaker, competitive Catholic schools within the Philadelphia area. During the summer, I work with their summer intensive program as a 7th through 10th grade science teacher and mentor. This program is designed to prepare students for placement testing and to become college-ready.


Credit Recovery (9th-12th Grade Special Education),
Olney Charter High School, An ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania School, Philadelphia, PA
June 2015- August 2015

This summer program allowed high school special education students to obtain missed or lost credits in core courses due to extenuating circumstances. During this program, I taught Algebra I, Geometry and a mathematics elective, Personal Finance.


Extended School Year (4th-8th Grade),
ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
June 2013- August 2013 / June 2014- August 2014

Extended School Year (ESY) services are designed to support a student with a disability to maintain the academic, social/behavioral, communication, or other skills that they have learned as part of their Individualized Education Plan. During Extended School Year, I worked with students to maintain their language and communication skills.


Higher Education Work Experience and Employment


Adjunct Professor,
Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA
August 2016- Present

I teach one undergraduate course at Holy Family University, Foundation in Inclusive Education for All Learners. This course is a core-requirement for all education majors and provides education students with introductory information about special education and its role in facilitating education for students with exceptionalities. A major focus of the course is to facilitate the formation of positive attitudes toward the diverse nature of today's classrooms. Topics include the history, legislation, litigation, and student characteristics that impact on effective teaching/learning. Issues such as inclusion, funding, labeling, transition, and parental involvement in services are discussed.


DragonsTeach Program: Undergraduate Student Mentor,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

October 2015- Present

DragonsTeach is a Drexel University program that offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors the opportunity to receive secondary teaching certification alongside their degree and co-op experience. Depending on the area of study, students are eligible to receive high-school teaching certification in the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science. I work with Drexel University as an undergraduate student mentor. This allows me to host Drexel students within my own classroom. During this course, they observe my 5th grade class and have the opportunity to teach two of their own lessons. I provide coaching sessions and feedback to give students guidance for future lesson and high school teaching placements.


Professional Organizations and Membership

Member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
August 2015- Present

Board Member/Webmistress of PennTESOL-East, an affiliate of the TESOL, International Organization
January 2012- Present

Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) at The Philadelphia Zoo
October 2013- October 2015

Kurt Hahn Fellowship, K-12 Educator Initiative: North Carolina Outward Bound School
July 2011- July 2012

Honors, Awards and Publications

Guest Lecturer at Drexel University on Unpacking the Language of STEM for English Language Learners, January 2017
How To Become A Successful Teacher, NPR Radio Times (WHYY), November 2016
Milken Educator Award, October 2016
Best in Education National Finalist, October 2016
Guest Speaker on STEM in Schools, Paige & Paxton, September, 2015
Employee of the Month, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, December, 2013
Presenter, PennTESOL East Fall Conference, November 2013
Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society for Education, March 2012
Special People in the Northeast (SPIN) Community Service Award, Distinguished Honor, May 2009​