About Me

I was so honored to have been awarded the 2017 Educators of America Educator of the Year. As a result of earning this title, my students will be receiving a portable Chromebook cart.  The addition of this technology will greatly enhance the educational experience of my students, and I am truly grateful for this generous gift.
NYS Early Childhood Education (B-2)
NYS Childhood Education (1-6)
NYS Students With Disabilities (1-6)
NYS Literacy (B-6)
NYS Literacy (5-12)
I attended SUNY Geneseo for both my undergraduate and graduate career earning certifications in childhood education (B-6), special education (1-6) and literacy (B-12).  At Geneseo, I was heavily involved in extracurricular activities and was the class president for four years.  I was the president of my resident hall and later became a resident assistant in the largest freshman dorm on campus.  I was a member of the Elementary and Secondary Education Association and the president of the Council for Exceptional Children.  I was a leading founder of Geneseo for Ghana, an organization that sought to celebrate African culture and provide resources for children in need in the country.  As the talent manager for entertainment events on Activities Commission, I was responsible for organizing concerts and shows throughout the year.  Geneseo provided me with an exceptional education and I am honored to go back frequently to speak with prospective and current students.

I obtained a masters in Educational Administration (School Building Leader and School District Leader) from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  Through this experience, I completed two administrative internships.  During the summer of 2012, I was the assistant principal for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Summer School.  I was responsible for supervising 367 students and approximately 35 staff members.  I administered all faculty meetings and completed evaluative observations for every staff member.  As the chief discipline administrator, I mediated conflicts and worked closely with parents.  Additionally, I organized the implementation of 293 NYS Regents exams and assisted in creating a new district technology plan.  I also completed an internship at Alexander Central School District and played a significant role in developing the school budget, master schedule, and a restructuring of safety procedures.
One of the most life-changing experiences that I have ever had was teaching in Ghana, West Africa.  I lived at the Village of Hope orphanage and taught at Hope Christian Academy which was the school on campus.  I taught first grade mathematics and worked as a special education pull-out/push-in teacher for students from grades 1, 5, and 6.  After school, I tutored in one of the orphanage houses, providing differentiated instruction and homework help with sixteen children ranging from ages 4-17.  I worked closely with the house parents to teach them skills that they could use to help the children with their academics.  As this was my second student teaching experience, I knew that I wanted to connect my first group of students from Pembroke Intermediate School to connect with these children.  Before leaving Pembroke, I collaborated with the district technology coordinator to install Skype and purchase a web cam for the class to use.  When I was in Africa, I organized a Skype session between the 6th grade students from Hope Christian and the 6th grade students from Pembroke Intermediate.  This was an extraordinarily culturally-rich experience for all of the students involved as they taught about their own customs and learned to celebrate differences amongst one another.

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