*Over seventeen years experience with hands on classroom teaching, creative classroom management, special needs teaching, lesson planning, directing, entertainment production, & theater management.
*Excellent communication skills, fluent in English and Intermediate Spanish
*Experience compiling, generating, writing, and interpreting scripts to use for creative interactive learning.
*Effective organizational and administrative skills, expert at multi-tasking, capable of sound judgment in a fast-paced environment, quick and efficient problem solving skills, pro-active, creative, fun and self motivated.
*Ability to handle complex situations requiring confidentiality.
*Excellent leadership abilities and able to develop strong inter-personal relationships.
*Cultural sensitivity awareness
*CPR Certified, TB tested
Performance Arts, and Creative Writing Teacher 06/2014-Present
Develop fun and exciting lesson plans for after school learning using theatre games, improv, and class room created scripts ages 5-13. Build lesson plans encompassing creative growth goals, and final performances. Organize and teach a creative based ESL class for those in need.
Literacy and Drama After School Enrichment Teacher 11/2013-06/2014
Create, adapt and implement daily lesson plans to promote literacy through Drama for ages 5-12. Use creative and positive classroom management for large classes of up to 30 students. Assess student growth, create and manage public performances for the students, maintain and update teacher training through Star.
Independent Tutor (w/AAA Academics, Grade A Potential, Elite Tutoring)
Homework, English and ESL Tutor 11/2012-Present
One-on-One tutoring for all levels of English, History and Arts, including students with ADD, Dyslexia, ESL, Special Needs and or 'at risk' students. Design an individualized lesson plan to empower all students by providing confidence and a sense of identification through applied creative learning. Maintain an organized tutor log with schedules, time sheets, student evaluations, and lesson plans. Supply work to supplement their education and prepare them for placement tests, design creative lessons with approved curriculum materials, and maintain a weekly check-in with student’s parent or guardian.
Poly Language Institute
ESL Substitute Teacher 4/2013-06/2014
Teach English as a second language to beginner/pre-intermediate/intermediate adults. Maintain and organize required schedules, time sheets, lesson plans and curriculum on an as needed basis.
Groove MaMa Ink LLC New York, NY
Drama Teacher/Artistic Director 8/06- 1/10
Developed, designed and taught group classes in dance, contemporary drama, and Shakespeare for teens and adults, produced showcases as well as weekly/monthly shows, dealt with all selling and funding of programs, hired teachers based on skill set, managed all scheduling and bookings. Ran and maintained theatre space.
Temple University Campus Alcohol and Abuse Awareness (C.A.S.A.) Program
Peer Group Educator and Entertainment Coordinator -9/01-12/04
Led workshops designed to educate college-age students about the effects of drugs and alcohol, and to offer alternate forms of coping mechanisms and entertainment. Implemented once p/month drug/alcohol free events, designed and taught a writing forum for students to create and produce theatre as a safe outlet.
Shakespeare’s Playground, Brooklyn, NY
Acting Teacher 2/00-6/01
Instructed 8-13 year olds in Shakespeare basics and theatre games. Designed an Elizabethan history workshop. Co-directed students for a public Shakespeare performance
Gilgamesh Theatre, New York, NY
Teaching Artist / Team Leader 4/99-2/01
Designed lesson plans specific to special needs children ages 5-16. Created theatre games focused on teamwork, concentration, and improving verbal skills. Organized schedules, teacher meetings, time sheets, lesson plans and weekly student evaluations. Led final performance pieces created by the students.
Manhattan Class Co., New York, NY
Teaching Artist 1/99-6/99
Promoted literacy through drama with at risk middle/high school students. Directed Shakespeare and contemporary scene study and performance. Developed original scripts. Supervised collaboration of student’s stage, set, and costume designs. Organized schedules and created lesson plans. Implemented weekly teacher meetings.
The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, 2014 Current (Certificate Program)
University of Cambridge, 2012 International House, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
Barcelona, Spain (CELTA) (QCF)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 8/01-8/04 Bachelor of Arts- Theatre (Magna Cum Laude)
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY 10/94-6/96 Associates Degree-Theatre (Angel Award Recipient)
Fieldwork Saint Candie, France
Archeologist Assistant 09/2016-10/2016
Assist PHD candidate in the Fieldwork of studying an ancient Roman Settlement. Carry tools & buckets, dig and record, help maintain historic integrity of site involved.
Volunteer Initiative, Nepal
ESL Teacher 11/2010-12/2010
Voluntarily taught classroom ESL to 4-6 year olds in Nepal. Trained local teachers different Early Childhood Development Teaching techniques based in active learning vs. rote. Helped establish a health post and clean water for the school.
International House Barcelona, Spain
ESL Teacher 03/2012-04/2012
Taught English to beginner/pre-intermediate/intermediate Spanish speaking adults, designed lesson plans dependent on skill level, kept comprehensive accounts and self evaluations of each class, monitored, gave and received feedback to/from fellow teachers.
Construction Crew 2010
Helped build a self sustaining home made from recycled trash and tires which was used to serve as a model in areas of poverty. Did carpentry and masonry work.
References available upon request
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles