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Contact Information Maryland Certifications Relevant Experience Other Work Experience Education Formal Presentations Professional Development Activities/ Honors


Contact Information

8006 Bullfinch Place

White Plains , Maryland 20695

(301) 705-7931

Maryland Certifications

School Library Media K-12 anticipated May 2007

Advanced Professional Certificate Secondary English 7-12

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Relevant Experience

Library Media Intern Fall 2006

Milton M. Somers Middle School, La Plata , Maryland

Mary H. Matula Elementary School, La Plata , Maryland

•  Assist in selecting, processing, and cataloguing materials.

•  Collaborate with teachers to develop a unit and lesson plans that integrate information skills with units of study from the school curriculum using a variety of media.

•  Attend and actively participate in professional meetings at both state and local levels.

•  Provide faculty with technology training and assistance.

•  Provide students with book talks and guidance in book selection.

•  Assist in the daily activities of running the media center.


Library Media Assistant Summer 2006

Milton M. Somers Middle School, La Plata , Maryland

Piccowaxen Middle School, Newburg, Maryland

•  Responsible for running two library media centers.

•  Responsible for working the circulation desk and checking materials in and out.

•  Responsible for shelving materials and other miscellaneous assignments.

•  Assist in set up and use of A/V materials and equipment, and computers.

•  Assist students in selecting books to read.


Page Turners' Instructor Summer 2004 – present

Milton M. Somers Middle School

La Plata , Maryland

•  Present weekly book talks.

•  Facilitate group discussions on three books per week.

•  Check in/out books weekly.

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Other Work Experience

Grade 7, Language Arts teacher August 2000 – present

Milton M. Somers Middle School

La Plata , Maryland

•  Teach classes ranging from 16 to 33 students.

•  Teach students from a variety of ability levels (Inclusion- Enrichment).

•  Develop differentiated lessons, handouts, activities, bulletin boards; learning centers, performance based lessons, web-quests, Power Point slideshows, and cooperative learning experiences.

•  Lead and team teach Junior Great Book, Touchstones, and Literature Circle discussions and lessons.

•  Incorporate valuable reading programs and technology into daily classroom lessons- Accelerated Reader, Reading for Meaning, etc.

•  Implement classroom management techniques.

•  Attend department, team, and full faculty meetings, open houses, parent conferences, student activities, and several in-service classes.

•  Administer State and County Assessments .


Grade 7, Language Arts (A/B) teacher August 1998 – 2000

Aberdeen Middle School

Aberdeen , Maryland

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McDaniel College GPA 4.0 Spring 2006- present

Graduate course work in School Library Media (anticipated graduation date Spring 2007)

Towson University GPA 4.0 Summer 2004

Maryland Writing Project

Trinity College GPA 4.0 Spring 2002-Spring 2003

Graduate course work in Curriculum and Instruction: Education for Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice

University of Maryland at College Park , GPA 4.0 Summer 2001

Spanish 202: Intermediate Grammar and Composition

Spanish 312: Advanced Conversation 2

State University College at Geneseo , New York Date of Graduation: May 1998

Overall GPA 3.25 GPA in English 3.30

Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education Certification


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Formal Presentations

•  Presented at multiple faculty meetings and in-services on incorporating digital cameras, laptops, Windows Movie-Maker, and Microsoft Power Point in the classroom (Winter 2006- present)

•  Presented a Lunch Bunch lesson entitled Working with Word: A brief tutorial on inserting pictures and creating tables (Fall 2005)

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Professional Development

•  Attended MEMO conference (Fall 2006)

•  Completed Diversity and Blended Cultures course (December 2005)

•  Attended FEA national conference (February 2001-2004)

•  Attended MACE conference (Spring 2003)

•  Attended conference on Disproportionate Number of Minority Students in Special Education (March 2001)

•  Attended NAME Conference (Spring 2001)

•  Attended conference on Using Literature Circles (Spring 2001)

•  Attended “Creative Partnerships: Gateway to Embracing Diversity and Multiculturalism” conference (Spring 1999)

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Activities/ Honors

•  School level coordinator for Computer Mania Day (Spring 2007)

•  Recipient of the Achievement Initiative for Maryland 's Minority Students & Maryland State Department of Education Excellence Merit Award (April 2005)

•  Active member of the Milton M. Somers' Technology Committee (August 2004 – present)

•  Member of faculty at a Maryland Blue Ribbon School

•  Advised Future Educators of America club (August 2000 – 2005)

•  Member of the Blue Ribbon Committee (Spring 2001)

•  Recipient of the Salute to Education Teacher of the Month Award (December 1999)

•  Recipient of the Teacher Spotlight in the Eagle's Point (March 2000)

•  Assistant Coach for the Aberdeen High School Cheerleading squad (1999 – 2000)

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References: Available upon request.

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