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CERTIFICATION
Massachusetts Professional License, all levels library teacher
Google Certified Educator, Level 1

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Library and Technology Director, Oct 2015 – June 2018

  • Collaborated with teachers for lessons across both academic and artistic curriculum; 
  • Updated school library collection to further meet the goals of the school program;
  • Connected with other libraries to improve quality and scope of library services via ILL; 
  • Trained and supervised library interns, both paid and volunteer; supervised tutoring program;
  • Maintained and updated Virtual Learning Commons website;
  • Created and maintained library social media accounts;
  • Supported and tracked students in online courses;
  • Seminar 9 co-teacher: taught “Writer’s Workshop” curriculum (ELA);
  • Served as a member of: BAA Instructional Leadership Team, BAA Board of Trustees 2016-17, Long Range Planning committee for BPS Library Services, Scope and Sequence committee for BPS Library Services, Virtual Learning Commons committee for BPS Library Services;
  • Coordinated Literature Circles/Summer Reading;
  • Coordinated storage, distribution, and updating of classroom texts, plus created and maintained ebook (PDF) and audiobook (mp3) resources for class sets;
  • Coordinated yearbook; 
  • Maintained and updated technology for all staff;
  • Managed and supported two mobile Mac carts and 11 Chromebook carts; 
  • Managed Google Suite;
  • AVID Secondary Site Coordinator.
High School of Commerce, Springfield, MA
School Library Teacher, Aug 2013 – Oct 2015

  • Various lessons across grade levels on library use;
  • Created and maintained library website, blog, and Twitter;
  • Webmaster of High School of Commerce website;
  • Managed and supported 24 laptop carts (PC);
  • Destiny library catalog administrator and tech support;
  • NEASC steering committee chair for recertification;
  • SPS Librarian committee to create library curriculum.
Boston Arts Academy / Fenway High School, Boston, MA
Library Associate, October 2011 – June 2013
Secondary Practicum, Spring 2013

  • Various short lessons on library use;
  • Maintained library website and blog;
  • Cataloging - including the creation of many original records for e-books;
  • Various library duties. 
Bowen Elementary School, Newton, MA
Elementary Practicum, Fall 2012

  • 3rd grade unit on elements writing by creating fractured fairy tales utilizing SmartBoard and VoiceThread;
  • Kindergarten lessons on locating books in the library based on type of book.
Drexel University, Hagerty Library, Philadelphia, PA
Senior Circulation Assistant, ILL, Fall 2009 – Spring 2011



EDUCATION 

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
Tom Hehir’s Inclusion in Special Education course (A117), Fall 2016

UMass / Western MA Writing Project, Amherst, MA
9 credits towards Certificate in Teaching of Writing, Summer 2014 - 2015

Simmons College, Boston, MA
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, May 2013
Master of Library Science and certification as a school library teacher
MSLA-SIG Social Media Coordinator, Progressive Librarian Guild Social Media/Secretary

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts in English, Certificate in Creative Writing and Publishing, June 2011
Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List, GPA 3.72 cumulative, English Honors Society


AWARDS

Pamela L. Trefler School Partner Award
Presented to the school that goes the extra mile to make the volunteers and programs welcome and successful additions to the school.

MSLA President’s Award 2017
This award honors an MSLA member who in a career of five or fewer years has made a significant impact on student learning through a quality school library program.

We Need Diverse Books 2017
Selected to receive a classroom set as part of the WNDB in the Classroom program.


PRESENTATIONS
Learn Teach Lead Digital Summit, Boston, MA
Panel presentation to BPS teachers on Commonwealth eBook Collection, Aug 2016

EdTech Conference, Boston, MA
Presentation to BPS staff on ebook and database resources for students, March 2016

Springfield Ed Tech Conference, Springfield, MA

Presentations on Discovery Education (2) and library technology use (1), Nov 2014 & Feb 2015

Western MA Writing Project Best Practices Conference, Amherst, MA
Tips and Tricks for Improving Student Research, Oct 2014
(Also presented for STEM Middle School PD in Aug 2014).

MSLA Conference, Sturbridge, MA
IPADS & FREE AGENT LEARNING, March 2013
A Free Agent Learner self-directs, creates and shares knowledge.


SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Instructional Leadership Team at Boston Arts Academy
Weekly meetings to discuss direction of programs and the school as a whole. 

MSLA-SIG Social Media Coordinator, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Created blog site for MSLA-SIG, updated Facebook and Twitter
  • Helped plan MSLA-SIG Career Panel and MSLA-SIG Spring Conference


EVENT PLANNING

Star Wars Night, December 2016
Organized Star Wars: A New Hope screening in BAA’s Black Box Theatre.

Game Club Tournament, December 2014
Organized a student versus teacher Super Smash Bros tournament after school before break.

Drop Everything and Read First Monday, January 2013 – June 2015
Alternate option to the weekly Drop Everything and Read time at Fenway High School.

SimmonsPalooza Banned Book Movie Day, March 18, 2013

MSLA-SIG Spring Conference, Simmons College, April 2013
“iPads and Free Agent Learning” reprise of MSLA Conference; managed audio recording of conference.


OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Character Development Books and Toys, Narberth, PA
Assistant Manager, 2007 - 2009​

NationsFirst Financial, Philadelphia, PA
Processing Manager, office manager, on-site technology support, Notary Public, 2003 – 2007


VOLUNTEER WORK
Foam Brain Games (multiple events), 2012 - present
Assist small, independent game store at events such as PAXEast, Anime Boston, and Boston ComicCon.

Springfield Public Library, Summer 2016
Co-lead on summer program, 3D Printers for teens.

Pair O Dice City Roller Derby (Non-profit business), July 2013 – June 2014
PR/Web Committee (co-chair) & Recruitment Committee (co-chair).

Philly Aids Thrift, August 2010 – June 2011
Cash register, general store organization and sorting of items. All proceeds to AIDS charities.

Mighty Writers, Spring 2010
Writing and homework help for elementary age students in the Philadelphia Public Schools.

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