Born in Calgary, AB, Canada

Resides in Philadelphia, PA

 

EDUCATION

2014 M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Edinboro University

2007 Teaching Certification, University of Pennsylvania

2005      BA, Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

 

EXPERIENCE

EdConnective

Director of Instructional Coaching, 2017 - Present

Instructional Coach, 2013 – 2017

  • Coach teachers through remote conferencing and video observations in six-week cycles, leading to 50% or higher increase in student behavioral and cognitive engagement

  • Create detailed coaching plans with specific instructional strategies that are individualized for each teacher, ranging from first year teachers needing support with classroom management to teachers with more than 17 years of experience who are refining instruction in questioning, critical thinking, or differentiation

  • Trained other EdConnective instructional coaches on best practices in coaching, communication skills, and high-leverage instructional strategies in an eight-hour webinar given over two days, both in the summer of 2013 and 2014

  • Effectively build rapport with teachers and maintain excellent communication for teacher investment in coaching

  • Wrote the EdConnective Coaching Handbook, a 50+ page document including instructional standards, effective coaching practices, and the coaching plan template which is utilized by all EdConnective coaches

Olney Charter High School, Philadelphia, PA

Instructional Coach, 2011 – 2013

  • Coached seventeen teachers from various content areas bi-weekly by maintaining individualized coaching plans on steps for instructional growth and meeting one-on-one to discuss the teachers’ instruction according to the ASPIRE instructional rubric; intensively coached teachers struggling with behavior management three times per week

  • Observed lessons for teachers in coaching group bi-weekly and provided individualized feedback in a timely manner

  • Provided demonstration lessons as needed and collaboratively created lessons materials with coaching group

  • Organized observations for all teachers from coaching group to visit other teachers’ classrooms to better understand best instructional practices in their area of growth  

  • Formally evaluated teachers and facilitated pre-conference, reflective feedback conversations, and scores conversations; formally evaluated 24 teachers in the 2012 – 2013 school year

  • Planned for and led one-hour, twice-weekly professional development on instructional practices to coaching group

  • Member of the math curriculum writing team, which helped build a curriculum around the Common Core Standards

  • Collaboratively planned and facilitated three full days of professional development to about 140 teachers in August 2012 on positive and proactive behavior management strategies

  • Organized and led a three-day “teacher-led” professional development, in which teachers were trained in delivering high-quality professional development and then delivered over thirty sessions that other staff members attended

Mathematics Teacher (Dual certification in Secondary Math and Art), 2011 – 2014

  • Led AP Calculus classes to 80% or higher class average through effective instructional strategies, positive student relationships, intensive remediation of basic skills, hands-on projects, lunchtime and after school tutoring, and goal-setting

  • Incorporated Keystone and SAT test preparation into Algebra 2 classes with strategies to increase critical thinking and real-world application; students scored an average of 100 points higher than their peers on the SAT

  • Increase amount and quality of writing in all mathematics classes through the implementation of the John Collins Writing Program

Olney West High School/Teach for America, Philadelphia, PA

Selected as one of 2,200 out of 17,400 applicants admitted to national service organization committed to teaching in under-resourced communities and creating life-long leaders to end educational inequality

Mathematics Department Chair/ School-Based Teacher Leader, 2007 – 2011

  • Developed and led monthly mathematics professional development to increase school-wide academic achievement, create effective classroom culture, and increase student engagement

  • Coached three first year teachers in classroom management; gave regular feedback to six other teachers

  • Coordinated and led daily professional development for 12 teachers during a common planning period

  • Led the implementation of a Classrooms for the Future grant which provided our department with interactive white boards, laptop computers for teachers, and two student laptop carts; trained teachers to use interactive white boards and provided professional development on the use of technology in the math classroom

  • Developed and organized after-school PSSA preparation course to increase student achievement on state exam

  • Implemented school-wide incentive programs to honor student achievement on benchmark assessments, interim reports, and quarterly report cards to increase student investment

  • Organized trips with Outward Bound, including annual five-day canoe expedition to the Delaware Water Gap

Mathematics Teacher, 2005 – 2011

  • Led Precalculus and AP Calculus AB classes to achieve 80% or higher as a class average on all class objectives for the first three quarter of 2010-2011 school year; in previous years, also led Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Statistics classes to similar achievements

  • Created strong classroom culture of achievement through setting clear expectations, building relationships with students, remediating students’ weaknesses, setting goals with students, and utilizing engaging hands-on projects

  • Developed and coordinated the Philadelphia AP Calculus Competition in spring 2011

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Fizzle to Sizzle: Sparking Life into Culturally Responsive Teaching Year-round through Coaching. Keynote: Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Conference, Williamsburg, VA (June 28, 2019).

Turn-and-Talk 2.0: Technology Tweaks to Improve “Math Talk”. Workshop: Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Technology Conference, (Accepted, but not presented: conference cancelled).

Using Video Observations to Increase Student Engagement Through Virtual Coaching, Workshop: Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Technology Conference, (Accepted, but not presented: conference cancelled).

Practice-Based Teacher Training: Accelerate Your Growth & Student Outcomes. Workshop: Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Special Education & Mathematics Conference, Monroe Township, NJ (December 5, 2018).

AWARDS

2011    Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching Recipient

2005 ETS Recognition of Excellence