Teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Welcome to my site! Here is my story, and I hope you enjoy the ride!
Born and raised in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, I began my journey as a lifelong learning when I was 16 years old, volunteering for my local chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. That sense of fulfillment in helping others and striving to be a better person is what made me stop and say, "I am going to be a teacher."
The next stop on my adventures to become an educator took me to Penn State University, where I spent five glorious years earning my Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary & Kindergarten Education and Secondary Education focused in English and Communications, and a minor in Psychology. While experiencing all that Happy Valley had to offer, I was a flag-twirling band front member of the Penn State Blue Band and an avid volunteer for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), a Resident Assistant for the student housing, among many other activities and clubs. I am a person who always has something to do, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
After graduation, my journey came full circle when I returned to New Jersey and began working for the Boys and Girls Club's preschool program, working primarily with the children in the Infant Classroom with children ranging from three to 18 months of age. Additionally, I was an assistant to the Terrific for Tots pre-kindergarten program for the Glen Rock Public Schools in Glen Rock, NJ. Little did I know that my journey would take me somewhere entirely new.
My path took me to the City of Brotherly Love in September of 2014, where I became a first-time high school teacher for Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School. Through this school, I have become a published author through our use of iTunes U - an online program for educators with a curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core and designed by the teachers at our school. Not only has the collaboration aspect helped me grow professionally, it is my full and honest opinion that my students have taught me more than I ever would have thought possible.
My journey is far from over, as I am also a graduate student at Temple University, earning my Master's Degree in Special Education.
My end game? Become the best teacher and role model that I could possibly become.My dream? To change the world, one future at a time.
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