Certified Wired for Reading® Specialist
Member of International Dyslexia Association
Washington State Continuing Teacher Certification 1999 - present
M.Ed. Elementary Education, K-8
4th-6th Grade Teacher, Madrona K-8 School, Edmonds School District, Edmonds, WA
1999-2007 and 2009-Present
Madrona K-8 is a multi-age, alternative school in the Edmonds School District. It is a choice school that utilizes team teaching and combined classrooms. I am responsible for creating engaging and creative lessons to meet the varied needs of my 4th-6th grade students in reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, health, and character education. I work closely with parents and learning support teachers to meet the needs of my students with IEP's and 504 accommodations.
District Literacy Coach (K-6th), Edmonds School District, Edmonds, WA.
I organized, planned and facilitated district-wide learning opportunities with a team of coaches so teacher leaders and administrators were engaged in a collaborative, learning community focused on implementing effective literacy practices and improving student learning. I also created and taught workshops for teachers, and modeled lessons in K-6th grade classrooms.
Founding Board Member, Guinea Kids Education Fund, Seattle, WA and Conakry, Guinea. 2008-2015
Guinea Kids Education Fund (GKEF) is a non-profit project comprised of individuals in the United States and Guinea, West Africa who are passionate about Guinean culture and committed to providing educational opportunities to children in Conakry, Guinea.
I helped plan, promote and direct annual fundraising events to educate and share Guinean culture in Seattle. I generated agendas, facilitated monthly meetings,
and collaboratively made funding and program decisions with board members.
1998 M.Ed. in Elementary Education, K-8, University of South Alabama Graduate School of Education, Mobile, Alabama.
1990 B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
Wired For Reading®: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced courses
Responsive Classroom 1&2
Mindfulness Curriculum Training: Mindful Schools, Oakland, CA
Google Apps for Education
Lucy Calkins: Reading and Writing Workshop
Literacy conferences led by Stephanie Harvey, Margaret Mooney, Regie Routman, Rebecca Sitton, Ellin Keene, Ralph Fletcher
Teacher Leadership Project Grant Recipient, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Teach The Teachers technology institute through Puget Sound Center for teaching, learning, and technology
Roger Kukes: Integrating Art and Math
Student-Centered Literacy Coaching Model Workshop
PEBC Science Inquiry Institute
Critical Friends Training
Understanding By Design (UBD) Workshop
Six Traits of Writing: Lynn Watson and Barry Lane
National Geographic Society Teacher Training
Puget Sound Writing Project Leadership Institute
Intensive Spanish Language Study, San Jose, Costa Rica
Interests and Hobbies
Guinean culture, drumming and dance
Brazilian dance, Indian dance, Lindy Hop, and Salsa