SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
Adjunct Professor: Prepare teachers and school administrators to understand the importance of wellness in education. Work with schools in the U.S. and in China to further their professional development.
Principal: Ushered charter school from startup to “adolescence,” incorporating teacher development and democratic structures to model justice and relationship-building to a student body of future leaders.
Director of Teaching and Learning, Second Grade Hybrid Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher, and Fifth Grade Teacher: With classroom as lab, co-created and refined curriculum, established professional development models for teachers, and invited collective future thinking through appreciative inquiry while nurturing existing learning environment.
Design Thinking Program Consultant: Recruited after founders visited my classroom and witnessed design thinking in action. Traveled to HQ in Bogota, Colombia. Helped structure after-school program that fostered design thinking and problem-solving.
Social-Emotional Consultant: Incorporated developmental awareness into organizational design and discipline. In parallel, advised on professional development and served as teacher coach, including National Board Teacher Certification preparation.
Adjunct Instructor: Shared graduate-level teaching methods in different elementary schools and in the graduate classroom. Helped 10+ schools achieve organizational and professional development goals.
Ninth Grade Summer School Teacher: Worked with incoming high school students on literacy. Prepared them tactically (with reading strategies) and emotionally for entry into high school. Collaborated with at-risk counselor to administer assessments and make remediation recommendations.
Assistant Principal, Literacy Coordinator, and Apprentice Principal: Conceived and served apprenticeship, completing rigorous National Board Certification in literacy that has informed curriculum and teacher development through subsequent teaching and teacher coaching career. Recruited to another school in support of remediating student performance.
Third Grade Teacher and Second Grade Teacher: Worked under skilled principal and co-teachers, developing novel and effective classroom management curriculum adopted school-wide. Brought tools to a new school in service of their commitment of the whole child in a 100% poverty community.
Science Materials Center Director: Took interim role to create science materials resource center for Orange County public and private schools, drawing on experience of setting up the same system in Cambridge, MA. Worked within budget constraints to design training and kits that would be checked out like library materials.
First Grade Teacher: Recruited to Cali, Colombia where there was a dearth of teachers due to civil war. Taught English to 27 students in bilingual school. Used inquiry instruction to teach English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Science Assessment and Projects Specialist, Project Manager: Contributed to school reform through curriculum initiative of National Science Foundation Teacher Enhancement Project. Initially hired as project manager and to support coaches, became thought partner for teachers in adding rigor to science curriculum.