To utilize my skills in education, art, technology, writing, and multi-disciplinary learning.
Freelance Graphic Designer/Copywriter
Various Corporations Chicago, IL
Samples available upon request.
Copy writing for packaging as well as design, brochure copy and design, newsletters, creative and technical writing, logos, t-shirts, catalogs, etc.
20010 – Current Writing Resource Teacher/Coach
Crestwood Elementary (Hillsborough County) Tampa, FL
Curriculum development for Writer's Craft for over 900 students. Analyze data in weekly Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with staff in order to drive instruction. Implement instructional plans that align with the school and state. I interact effectively and maintain excellent relations with diverse populations. Coaching of teachers in the best practice of Writer’s Workshop. Write children's stories daily in order to model best practices in writing.
2009 – 2010 Fourth Grade Teacher
Oak Park Elementary (Hillsborough County) Tampa, FL
Curriculum development in teaching Writer's Craft to 33 students daily. Reading instruction at various level and exceptionalities in a Renaissance School. Instruct in Focus Skill areas daily including support lessons, guided-reading and workshops daily. Analyze data in weekly PLC’s to drive instruction. Implement instructional plan that aligns with the SIT plan of the school. I interact effectively and maintain excellent relations with diverse populations.
Summer of 2009 – National Writing Project Teacher Consultant
Completed a fellowship at the University of South Florida for the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project. Became a National Teacher Consultant for instructing teachers on methods for teaching writing
2008 –2009 Fourth GradeTeacher (Temporary)
Town & Country Elementary (Hillsborough County) Tampa, FL
Curriculum development in teaching Writer's Craft to 40 students daily. Reading instruction at various level and exceptionalities and ELL students. Develop and organize long and short-range goals, objectives, lesson plans, and daily class work. Present information and instruction which help students learn subject matter and skills that will contribute to their educational and social development; implements an instructional plan which is compatible with the school and system-wide curricular goals; interacts effectively with students, coworkers, and parents; carries out non-instructional duties as assigned and/or as needed; adheres to established laws, policies, rules, and regulations; follows a plan for professional development.
2007 – 2008 Fourth Grade - Lead Teacher
USF Patel Charter School Tampa, FL
Developed interactive lessons for classroom of 22 children as well as a multitude of classroom and teacher duties. Completed Clinical Education Training program and Code of Ethics Trainer Program. Participated in the School Improvement Project (Accomplished Teaching Academy). Completed 216 Inservice Points for professional development in one year. Created and led staff training for: “Teaching the QAR strategy” and “Creating a Center Based Learning Environment”
2005 – 2007 First Grade Teacher
Charter School of the Dunes Gary, IN
(Permanent Substitute Teacher/Kindergarten 2005-2006)
Developed lessons for classroom of 25 children as well as a multitude of classroom and teacher duties. Reading First certified, trained in DIBELS, Texas Reading Academy, 3-Tier Reading Model, Voyager Passport, Voyager U (5 Components of Reading) and SRA Open Court Reading Specialist. Participated on the Development team for the 2007-2008 Math curriculum and the Development team for Mapping the Reading curriculum during the 2006-2007 school year.
2006 Student Teaching (Kindergarten)
District 201u All Day Kindergarten Center Crete-Monee, IL
2004 Art Teacher
Miller Preschool Inc. Miller Beach, IN
Developed, implemented & coordinated an Art program with age appropriate lesson plans for Art and other subject areas. Participated as an Art teacher in the summer Art program.
Summer 2009 University of South Florida
Writing Fellowship/5 week Graduate course Tampa, FL
2007–2009 Hillsborough County School District
Over 400 Profesional Development Inservice Training Hours in Reading/Writing
2006–2007 Indiana University Bloomington
Continuing Education/Reading Bloomington, IN
2003–2006 University of Phoenix
Master of Arts – Education Phoenix, AZ
1995–2000 Columbia College Chicago
B.A., Art & Design – Graphic Design Concentration / English Minor Chicago, IL