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, Urban Studies & Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

 

EXPERIENCE

EdConnective

Director of Instructional Coaching, 2017 - Present

  • Lead and supervise a team of 50+ part-time virtual instructional coaches who span PreK - 12th grade and all subject areas

  • Coach of all members of the instructional coaching team through observation of their meetings with teachers followed by one-on-one coaching meetings that are focused on growth areas for coaches based in data and include opportunities to practice. 

  • Design coaching systems based in researched best coaching and instructional practices, including designing EdConnective’s virtual coaching process, designing modified coaching systems based on client’s needs, and creating an instructional coaching rubric

  • Train all new and returning coaches through yearly virtual sessions which include scenarios, detailed models, videos, role-playing, and collaboration

  • Run the hiring process for the coach team, including designing the interview and pre-screening questions and activities, facilitating interviews, and on-boarding new coaches

  • Create opportunities for coaches to collaborate and network, including writing a monthly coach newsletter and facilitating book clubs for the coach team

  • Meet with current and potential clients to gather data on how to create individualized coaching systems and partnerships for the clients’ needs

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

Turn-and-Talk 2.0: Technology Tweaks to Improve “Math Talk”. Workshop: Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Annual Two Day Conference, (Forthcoming: October 2019).

Using Video Observations to Increase Student Engagement Through Virtual Coaching, Workshop: Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Annual Two Day Conference, (Forthcoming: October 2019).

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).

Building a Culture of Coaching. Half Day Administrator Professional Development, The City School, Philadelphia, PA (June 13, 2019).

Reality Pedagogy Coaching Training. Half Day Administrator Professional Development, The City School, Philadelphia, PA (February 27, 2019).

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).

Positive Behavior Management. Workshop: Vocatio Career Prep High School, Philadelphia, PA (June 2017).

Positive Behavior Management. Full Day Teacher Workshop, Olney Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA (August 2015).

PUBLICATIONS

Complaining About Students is Toxic. Here are 4 Ways to Stop. Education Week (June 11, 2019).

Looking for the Secret of Effective and Accelerated Teacher Growth? Practice! EdConnective Blog (January 10, 2018).

The Immediate Impact of Clear Directions on Student Engagement. EdConnective Blog (January 5, 2018).

Collective Reflections After Coaching Partnerships. EdConnective Blog (November 26, 2017).

AWARDS

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

2005 ETS Recognition of Excellence