Bernards Township, NJ
How are you involved in education?
I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade in three different New Jersey school districts. I have been teaching for 13 years, the last 11 at Mount Prospect School in Bernards Township where I direct the Before/After School Care program. I have written and built curriculum in all subjects and been a grade-level leader. I have led staff development and serves on my district's Common Core Steering Committee. I recently presented for ASCD on the educational shifts within the Common Core State Standards at the Gates Foundation, and on successful examples of Common Core Implementation at The Common Core Leadership Summit. I am the co-director of the New Jersey ASCD North Region and serve on the New Jersey ASCD executive committee. I co-founed and co-moderate #ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Twitter chat on Sundays evenings at 8 PM.
What's your ideal school or classroom like?
My ideal school is built on the foundation of a positive culture and climate. This starts with the way we carry ourselves and interact with each other. We model how we expect others to behave, and hold ourselves to that same standard. We view ourselves as teacher-leaders, and life-long learners. This enables us to learn from one another, and the students we teach, in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. Professional development is on-going, teacher-driven, and self-directed. We integrate technology to enhance student learning, and enable students to be prepared for success as adults. A key component of preparing students for success is understanding that children need to learn problem solving skills, collaboration, how to be a member of a team, self-advocacy, and how to learn from failure.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOE, what would it be about?
Building a Comfortable Culture for Learning in the Classroom