I am honored to be in my fourth year serving as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary School in New Orleans, LA. Prior to joining Teach for America in 2012, I taught one year as a teaching fellow at my placement school. The connection to my scholars and their families kept me at my school before, during, and after my commitment. Every child in America deserves the best education available, and I will forever be dedicated to working in education. After my first year in the corps, I received a "Certification with Distinction" from The New Teacher Project, meaning that I performed in the top 10% of all ACE participants across Louisiana's TNTP Academy and finished The New Teacher Project Certification Academy with honors. Purposeful planning paired with attention to detail helped my scholars finish the 2013-2014 school year with 88% of them reading on grade level and 61% reading above level. Additionally, I am designated as an accomplished teacher on KIPP New Orleans Teacher Effectiveness Program. I am excited to strengthen my craft with the tools that the Masters in Educational Studies Program will offer.
Hailing from a suburban town 20 minutes north of Boston, I graduated in 2011 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and majored in Mathematics. I always had an interest in teaching and found Teach for America to be a great opportunity to explore that desire. After teaching Physics and Chemistry for two years in St. John Parish, I felt the need to continue to improve as an educator and really wanted a program that offered great flexibility and maximized the amount of time spent in class. This program at SUNY Binghamton has exceeded my expectations, and I am always impressed by the eagerness of every student in the cohort to grow professionally.
I recently completed my fifth year teaching in urban high need schools. My teaching career began in Baltimore when I joined the Baltimore City Teaching Residency in June 2009. I spent one year teaching all subjects to a fifth grade class at Montebello Junior Academy in northeast Baltimore. In 2010, I moved to New Orleans after getting a job at Sylvanie Williams College Prep in Central City. I taught third grade for three years and then looped with my class to fourth grade this past year. My first year at Sylvanie Williams, I taught all subjects. In 2011, I began to specialize in math and science instruction. For the past three years, my students have surpassed city and state averages on their state tests. Most recently, my fourth graders were 73% basic or above in math and 27% mastery or above. This upcoming school year, I am going to continue teaching fourth grade at Harriet Tubman Charter School. I will be teaching all subjects in what New Orleans refers to as a "self-contained classroom."
I'm currently teaching fourth grade math at Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans. I've been teaching for seven years. I've taught grades 4-6 math and science. I am also the Achiever's Academy Director at my school. This is a program that is designed to provide innovative academic enrichment opportunities for our students.
I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a BA in Health and Society. I have been blessed to teach in the Alabama charter corps with Teach for America (TFA) in 2010. My experience was radically different from most in that I helped shape and mold the Alabama math curriculum. In Alabama, I taught math to 9-11 graders my first year at Selma High School. I was one of the highest achieving teachers in the state. I was then asked to move schools by TFA and was placed in Tuscaloosa at Westlawn Middle School teaching 7-8 grade scholars. I am now in my fifth year of teaching at my current school in New Orleans at Kipp McDonogh 15 Middle School. I currently serve as the sixth grade chair and math teacher.
I am entering my fifth year of teaching at public schools in the New Orleans area. From 2009-2011, I taught Algebra I to mostly ninth grade students at Bonnabel High School. I started teaching at Chalmette High School in 2011, and have taught Advanced Math: Functions and Statistics and Financial Math to 11-12 grade students. I am now teaching Algebra II for 10-12 grade students and am certified to teach Civil Engineering and Architecture (part of the Project Lead the Way program), which will be implemented in the spring.
I double majored in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Teach For America brought me to New Orleans as an English teacher, and I have taught English I and English II in Orleans Parish for the past two and a half years. The Binghamton program has been a wonderful academic experience as it has paired the rigor of a fine institution with pacing a working teacher can manage. I have appreciated the responsiveness of the faculty and staff even though they are 1,400 miles away! One of the standout parts of the program is the educational breadth of the professors. I am happy to see a mix of researchers, historians, and retired public school educators working together with the teachers of New Orleans.