Educational Consultant

Recognized as a top 20 Teacher in USA Today - Recipient of 20+ state and national awards - Documented in 100+ newspapers, television and magazines for award winning Literacy and Science Projects - Author of The Art of Visual Writing and website  (literacy and writing resource for teachers) - Led professional development workshops cross-pollinating literacy and writing - Experience in conceptualizing and writing curriculum and education materials - Competent in creating educational materials for diverse populations - Integrates PBL programs, including public relations & community outreach events - Creatively implements Science/Literacy STEAM - Differentiates instruction for all learning styles - Mentors skilled and student teachers


Carolina Collaborative Prep; Nonprofit | Charlotte, NC                                                                                                2016 - present

Educational Literacy Consultant and Specialist for learning differences           

  • Design processes and forms for enrollment and functionality
  • Implement academic student summaries and observations
  • Conduct parent meetings for academic goals, student growth and open house meetings
  • Instruct written and oral expression classes for students with learning differences
  • Collect data, support and present to local donors

S & S Worldwide | Colchester, CT                                                                                                                                    2016– present 

Educational Literacy Consultant - k4                                                                                                                     

  • Design visual writing lessons for literacy blog using S & S products
  • Write for Education World blog via S&S Worldwide

The John Crosland School | Charlotte, NC                                                                                                                           2015– 2016

Special Education - k5                                                                                                                              

  • Implemented Visual Writing Lessons k-5  
  • Lead Professional Development- Literacy k-3
  • Modeled writing lessons k-5
  • Revised writing/science curriculum k-5
  • Infused Project Based Learning for all subjects k-5
  • Volunteered for school fundraising events

Wolcott Elementary School | West Hartford, CT                                                                                                                  2012 – 2015

General Educator - 1st and 2nd Grade                                                                                                                 

  • Grade Level Administrative Curriculum Coach 
  • Drafted and revised ELA & science curriculum content and standards
  • Collaborated with leadership to ensure support materials align with lesson skills and objectives
  • Researched and incorporated feedback based on data and observations to ensure standards met
  • Lead professional development for balanced literacy k-5 and Project Based Learning

Colchester Elementary School | Colchester, CT                                                                                                                   1990 - 2011

General Educator - 2nd Grade                                                                                                                                                       

  • Teacher of the Year
  • Received over 21 teacher awards
  • Awarded more than $30,000.00 in grants
  • Curriculum Writing Coach
  • Drafted and revised ELA and science curriculum content and standards
  • Led professional development for balanced literacy k-5 and Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • Implemented weekly writing coffee clubs for staff
  • Created and published literacy lessons and unit studies for local newspaper and magazines

 Selected Awards and Accomplishments

  • Received over 21 teacher awards
  • Awarded more than $60,000.00 in grants
  • USA Today All-Star Teacher Team - Top 20 Teachers in America
  • Eastern Connecticut Literacy Teacher of the Year
  • Colchester Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • White House Recognition - The Gift Goes On (stamps to aid the hungry in Kenya)
  • National Most Outstanding Intergenerational Program – The Gift Goes On
  • National Environmental Teacher of the Year – Gene Cartledge Award ($10,000 grant)
  • Connecticut Environmental Teacher of the Year – National Association Conservation District
  • Presidential Award - Connecticut Elementary Science Education
  • Mystic Aquarium Marine Science Teacher of the Year – Voices of the Sound
  • Two-time winner -Sol Kolack Award (One of ten teachers for community partnerships)
  • Two-time winner – Fleet All-Star Outstanding Community Programs ($10,000 grant)
  • Two-time winner – CT Celebration of Excellence for outstanding projects (Exploratories/Gift Goes On)
  • Connecticut Most Outstanding Intergenerational Program (The Gift Goes On)
  • Hartford Courant Newspaper – Connecticut Volunteer of the Year
  • National Institute for Senior Centers Award (The Gift Goes On)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Professional development/Workshop Speaker (SPED/ELL/General ED and Literacy conferences)
  • Published twice in Creative Classroom Teacher Magazine, Tapping into the Arts (writing strategies) and Plan Your Own Dream Field Trip
  • Author; Picturesque Writing Series - The Art of Visual Writing, and 14 books for literacy, grammar, science and history
  • Author; Explore-a-story Review (students monthly publishing of their writing in local newspapers)
  • Author; The Naked Truth- Behind Every Woman is a Story at Barnes and Noble and Amazon
  • Appeared on Television, national newspapers and in magazines (Oprah, Fox News, CNN, Best Friends, Business Week and USA Today)
  • Featured in Pat Williams book (Vice President of Orlando Magic NBA Basketball) – Souls of Steel


Master of Science in Early Childhood Education/Professional Certification

Phi Lambda Theta International Honor Society

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

 Bachelor of Science in Education – Pre k-8

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

 Trained as a Highly Qualified Teacher - UbD trained at CREC

 Certified Cooperating and Mentor Teacher - HOT school trained (Higher Order thinking) for the Arts

Community Service

Weekly Pastoral Care Church Ministry                                                           Samaritans Purse Volunteer

Women’s Group Speaker                                                                                   Women’s Mentor

Public/Homeschool speaker                                                                              Kids for Kindness - Community Giving