My first job out of college was as a teacher, which I consider to be the most formative and valuable professional experience of my career thus far. I loved helping my students learn and grow while working with dedicated and hard working professionals. I took great pride in my classroom, goal setting, and data-driven instruction.
I am a certified English teacher for grades 6-12 in the state of Florida and hold a M.S.Ed in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. I worked as an intensive reading teacher at Miami Northwestern Senior High School for two years, where I engaged with the school’s struggling readers to understand the foundations of literacy and gain confidence in their abilities. I also led the Reading Department of fifteen phenomenal teachers paraprofessionals as the school's youngest department chair.
During my tenure, the Reading Department had the highest reading learning gains of 15% in Miami-Dade Public School District, which contributed to the efforts by the entire school and community to successfully bring Northwestern's school’s grade from a “D” grade to an “A” grade for the first time in its 60-year history. I have instructed some truly wonderful students across grades nine through twelve using six different curricula.
While working at Northwestern I was part of several successful projects that led to increased student achievement. These projects included the creation of an innovative data tracker that provided suggestions for individualized student instruction based on reading test results, revision of the district reading curriculum, implementation of an ACT/SAT camp, and formation of Teach for America’s national SAFE classroom campaign for marginalized students. I was nominated for Rookie Teacher of the Year at Northwestern, and my exceptional TFA cohort at Miami Northwestern Senior High School won the top school award at our closing Teach for America ceremony. Go Bulls!