M.A. with Distinction in Language and Literature, Institute of Education, University of London 1994
Course topics included sociolinguistics, bilingual education and “the canon.” Dissertation: the role of classroom literature experience in developing children’s writing fluency.
M.S. Ed. with Distinction (K -6), Bank Street College of Education, New York City 1988
Course topics included design and implementation of integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum with social
studies at the core. Final project: a practical economics curriculum for 8-9’s.
B.A in American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 1985
Course topics included literature, art, film, history, politics and religion. Special projects focused on American public education policy and reform.
Reading Initiative Teacher, First Grade, Garrett Park Elementary School, Bethesda, MD 2009 - present
Responsible for implementing MCPS reading, language arts and social studies curriculum for groups of K, 1 and 2 students.
Lead Teacher, Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School, Bethesda, MD 1999-2007
Responsible for planning and implementing, with an assistant, a half-day thematic curriculum for 4-year-olds,
including formal and informal parent education in a cooperative setting.
Class Teacher, Dodge Park Elementary School, Landover, MD 1996-1998
Responsible for teaching Grade 3 integrated humanities in a departmentalized setting. Activities: Author of several performance-based curriculum units; secretary of School-Based Management Team; founder and chair of Creative Arts Committee; organizer of after-school enrichment programs in cooking, crafts and drama.
Music Teacher, Lordship Lane Infant School, London Borough of Haringey 1994-1996
Responsible for planning and implementing National Curriculum music for 3- to 7-year-olds, including writing the
school’s music policy and schemes of work. Activities: Member of Language, Religious Education and Sports Day
working parties; organizer of school-wide mail-order book club; secretary of National Union of Teachers Chapter.
Class Teacher, Brecknock JMI School, London Borough of Camden 1991-1994
Responsible for teaching ten National Curriculum subjects for Year 5 (9-10’s) and Year 2 (6-7’s). Activities: Library Coordinator (a paid position); member of Language curriculum working party; organizer of children’s after-school choir.
Class Teacher, P.S. 96, East Harlem, New York City 1987-1991
Responsible for teaching all subjects for Grades 1, 1/2 and 3. Activities: Early Years Representative on school-based management team and to Manhattan District 4 Office; co-author of original social studies-based integrated curriculum for grades K-4; member of the Writing Network, a support group for teachers of Writing Workshop.
*Founding Team Member of fledgling Montgomery County K-8 Public Charter School project 2009
*Author of Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature, published by Wordsong/Boyds Mills 2009
*Author of Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe, published by Wordsong/Boyds Mills 2005
*Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2003-present
*Teacher of Books for Beginners, weekly small-group literature program for 4 to 6-year-olds 2001-2002
*Instructor of Prince George’s Co. Schools in-service course on Writing Workshop 1997
*Member of the Primary Steering Committee, National Association of Teachers of English, UK 1993-1996
*Author of Bookworm, the children’s book review column of TermTime Magazine, UK 1995-1996
*Participant in Columbia Teachers’ College Summer Writing Institute 1988