FOUNDATIONAL UNDERSTANDINGS

Mathematics
Throughout my K-12 schooling, I enjoyed mathematics and, as I moved through the grades, I continued to progress. At the elementary level, I participated in afterschool math enrichment programs offered by my school. Upon entering middle school, I participated in an enriched
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Learning a New Approach to Teaching Fractions at Teaching in a TIme of Algebra For all

mathematics program, which included completing Pre-Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra I by the end of eighth grade. I continued to challenge myself with mathematics in high school by taking Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus I (AB).

As an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary, I took Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology. I also took Introductory Accounting and Macro Economics during my time as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University.

In my graduate level coursework at The College of William and Mary, took Elementary Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction. This lecture and laboratory course familiarized me with the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum as well as various manipulatives, models, materials, technology, and instructional aids. My final portfolio for this course demonstrates my applied knowledge in this subject area. I also attended the 14th Annual Mathematics Education Day, hosted William and Mary, in the fall of 2010 entitled Teaching in a Time of Algebra for All.

Science
One of my most memorable elementary school experiences revolved around a yearlong science experiment in my fifth grade class. The “Stretchy Business” experiment was developed as part of the Business & Education Alliance, Inc. in Somerset, New Jersey and implemented in select classes in grades 4-6 . “Stretchy Business” was an interdisciplinary module that integrated science, math, technology, language arts, and graphic arts. I was one of five students selected from Carol Shields’ fifth grade class to help the researchers present their final product.

In high school, I took AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, and AP Psychology. I fulfilled my General Education Requirement (GER) for Natural Sciences and Physical Sciences with my Advanced Placement test scores, my Psychology major. I also took an Astronomy class during my time as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University.

During my time onboard the MV Explorer as part of my 2008 voyage with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program, I took an Elementary Science Education class with Professor Ed Sobey. Professor Sobey developed a program called Kids Invent! that focuses on innovation-based learning activities for children. While onboard the MV Explorer, I had the privilege of implementing Professor Sobey’s teaching methods as part of the on-ship school for the children of the staff and crew.

In my graduate level coursework at The College of William and Mary, took Elementary Science Curriculum and Instruction. This lecture and laboratory course examined the goals, objectives, instructional strategies, behaviors, philosophies, strengths, and shortcomings of exemplary elementary school science curricula. As part of this course, I co-planned and co-taught a multi-grade Discovery Circus as well a comprehensive science module on weather and the seasons that aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) for first grade science.


Language Arts
My passion for reading has only continued to grow with age. Throughout my elementary schooling, reading helped fuel my curiosity and passion for learning. This passion continued through middle and high school where I was able to participate in unique classes such as Southeast Asian Literature and Literature of the Enlightenment. This exposure helped to fuel my interest in world travel and other cultures. As an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, my interest in world literature continued to grow when I took creative writing and travel literature courses.

At William and Mary, I enjoyed taking a variety of literature based courses, most notably a course entitled Feminism and the Environment which allowed me to revisit some young adult works, such as Lowis Lowry’s The Giver and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

As a graduate student in William and Mary’s School of Education, I was exposed to the Fountas and Pinnell approach to integrated language arts, writer’s workshop, and the creation of literacy centers. I administered and scored the DRA, a PALs Spelling Assessment, and the Reading Inventory for the Classroom (RIC). I also had the privilege of working one-on-one with a struggling first grade reader over the course of six weeks. In that time, this particular student went from reading a DRA level 14 to a DRA level 20. I have also had the pleasure of co-planning and co-teaching a Reader’s Theater lesson Kevin Henkes’ Chrysanthemum in my cooperating first grade classroom.


Social Studies
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With Students from the Wat Bo School in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Throughout my K-12 schooling years, I enjoyed a variety of Social Studies and History courses and enrichment opportunities. In high school I was active in Model United Nations and took AP US History. As an undergraduate, my focus was on the studies of human nature andinteraction. As a psychology major, I took classes on the history of mental illness around the world, motivation and emotion, and, most interestingly, the psychology of eating.

I was lucky to take some of these courses while circumnavigating the world onboard the MV Explorer as part of my 2008 voyage with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. This unique experience allowed me to visit schools, hospitals, and research facilities on three different continents and furthered my interest in international studies.

During my time as a graduate student at the William and Mary School of Education, I took a Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction course in which I was exposed to the objectives, instructional strategies, and evaluation of social studies education at the elementary level. I also had the privilege of collaborating on a comprehensive K-6 unit on Ancient Greece. Additionally, I took a Global Business Analysis and Immersion course through William and Mary’s Mason School of Business in which I helped research, create, and present an evaluation of the emerging pharmaceutical market in Southeast Asia. Through this course, I was also a liaison between the Mason School of Business, the School of Education, and the Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This class culminated in a three week tour of Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand in which I had the pleasure of teaching for a day at the Wat Bo Primary School.


Visual and Performing Arts

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Creativity has always been a driving force in my life. I am lucky to have been exposed to so many creative opportunities from an early age, starting with my early elementary art education and continuing on through my undergraduate coursework. In middle school and high school I participated in school musicals and drama productions. In my second year of high school, I decided to pursue the visual arts more strongly and fell in love with painting.

I continued to develop my skills as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University where I took a Two-Dimensional Arts course as well as a Printmaking course. At William and Mary, I took multiple Art History courses as well as an Advanced Painting Course in order to complete my Fine Arts minor. My visual arts portfolio can be viewed in the Animoto slideshow featured on the right. It showcases some of my undergraduate and high school work in the visual arts ranging from drawings, lithograph prints, oil paintings, and glass etchings to burlap sea urchins.



Health and Physical Education
Healthy living and physical fitness are important components of my life both inside and outside of the classroom. In my K-12 schooling, I was a student athlete who participated in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, and track & field. In high school, I received varsity letters in basketball and lacrosse and was captain of my high school’s basketball team my senior year. I was also the recipient of the David M. Allan Memorial Girls Basketball Award in 2006.

In college, I continued to pursue my love of athletics by playing on Wake Forest University’s club lacrosse team as well as participating in intermural soccer and basketball while at William and Mary.

During my time as an undergraduate at William and Mary, I participated in an Adventure Games course and later went on to be a Teacher’s Assistant in the Outdoor Leadership program. In high school, I received a scholarship from the New Jersey Outward Bound Leadership foundation to participate in a two-week leadership training retreat on the Appalachian Trail. I have also been a camp counselor, lifeguard, or swim instructor for the past seven years, working primarily with elementary-aged children. I am American Red Cross certified in First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, CPR, AED, and Lifeguarding as well as Water Safety Instruction (WSI).

Relevant Standardized Test Scores
Praxis I: Exempt due to sufficient SAT I scores Praxis II: Passed with Distinction of Excellence (193/200) Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA): Passed (552/600) Virginia Reading Assessment for Elementary and Special Education Teachers (VRA): Passed (269/300)