Designed, piloted, and received a-g accreditation for three new courses: Beginning Journalism, Studies in Media, and Film Production.
Designed and implemented complete online curriculum through a learning management system for all three of the above courses which are taught in a fully functional blended-learning format.
Assisted in the design of standardized and common English 1 curriculum and the implementation of digital benchmark examinations.
Developed (and continue to develop) several authentic Project Based Learning opportunities that engage students in real world problem solving, teach and refine 21st century skills, and culminate in public products and presentations that serve the greater community. Many of these projects are cross-curricular and promote collaborative work across subject areas and grade levels.
Media Journalism Adviser
Advise an award winning 304-page full-color yearbook.
Advise an award winning daily 5-minute television news broadcast.
In the process of developing a fully integrated media network with a professional-level website and a complete social media presence.
Develop, in partnership, with other departments, large-scale schoolwide projects that promote awareness and positive change, such as a Lip Dub, Healthy Choices Weeks, and Awareness Days. Many of these projects have won awards and been recognized in a variety of media festivals.
Professional Development Coordinator
Design and implement weekly professional development for all staff during a 90-180 minute collaboration period.
Assess current professional development needs and develop targeted opportunities to address those needs.
Coordinate an annual Best Practices event which showcases exemplary lessons and provides workshops in a variety of areas in a conference-like atmosphere.
Spearhead the increased use of technology to enhance curriculum on campus through targeted workshops, screencasts, demonstrated use of programs, and Techsploration days.
Participate in school and district-level leadership meetings and committees to further improve professional development throughout the district.
WASC Self-Study Coordinator
Developed and coordinated the complete self-study process over the course of three years.
Acted as primary writer and creator of the self-study report, which was developed through Google Docs.
Guided staff through the self-study process, through meetings, online collaboration, extensive data collection and in-depth reflection on student work.
Helped to develop and shape the five-year action plan for school improvement as a result of the self-study process.
Empire Academy High School 2003-2007
English Teacher/Department Chair
Developed and taught full-year curriculums for six separate courses.
Designed anchor assignments and standardized rubrics.
Reviewed and analyzed assessment data and implemented program changes.
Conducted classroom observations for the purposes of teacher coaching
Led staff training, support, and development efforts.
Assisted in hiring and evaluation decisions.
Designed and coordinated the self-study process for the school's initial self-study.
Served as primary writer and editor for the self-study.
Secured a full six year accreditation for the school.
In charge of PSAT exam administration.
Created, developed, and implemented a college transition program for all students.
Led SAT and PSAT preparation programs.
Achieved a-g accreditation for 100% of courses offered.
Developed the AP Program and led a successful AP course audit.
Reviewed and purchased textbooks for all disciplines.
Assisted staff in the development of curriculum.
Developed the master schedule each semester.
Designed and managed an innovative summer school program that offered authentic learning opportunities in a flexible setting.