Educational Experience

Clearview Elementary - Bethlehem, PA
January 2011-May 2011

My first field experience was for Mrs. DePalmo's first grade class at Clearview Elementary.  I worked hands-on with students in literacy instruction, writing workshops, math, social studies and science.  I held reading aClearviewnd writing groups with all students.  I also had several opportunities to work successfully, one-on-one with English language learners, where my extensive travel experiences in Latin America and beyond, helped me to connect easily with the students and make a difference.  Furthermore, I voluntarily developed and taught a lesson related to the unit of study which incorporated English language learners. My field experience was both rewarding and instructive, motivating me even further to continue on my path. 

To cap off this rewarding experience in the classroom , I was honored when my cooperating teacher handed me a letter of recommendation on my last day on the field. 

Even though my semester was already complete, I visited my class the following month when they presented their published books, the culmination of all the time spent on the writer's workshops.  The students were proud and glad to have me there along with their parents and other teachers.  It was joyful to witness them read their published creative writing stories.

Bangor High School
December 2011world cultures

For my Capstone project in my Teaching Exceptional Students course, I voluntarily chose to work on the field at Bangor High School for extensive research and observation.  At Bangor High School, I observed a world cultures class and interviewed numerous teachers (both regular education and special education).  I learned useful strategies and modifications that teachers implement for educating all types of learners.  I conducted and presented by video, an in-depth interview with a special education co-teacher, giving me valuable insight into how teachers effectively work together in a classroom to provide instruction for all students.

In addition, I assKirkwoodisted the Transition Coordinator (and former Special Education teacher) at Bangor High School. I joined her and a group of high school students with disabilities to a work site  Here, I gained an inside perspective into the process of transition for high school students.  I learned that in high school, for many students with disabilities, transition is the driving force of the IEP.   It was truly rewarding and an honor to work with these students and gain insight into their world.

Sonoma County School District
Fall 2001

sonomaI served as a substitute teacher in various middle and elementary school classrooms in Sonoma County, CA, before relocating to Pennsylvania in 2002.