• Curriculum Vitae
                                                            "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves
                                                            and forget about progress and prosperity for
                                                            our community.... Our ambitions must be broad
                                                            enough to include the aspirations and needs of
                                                            others, for their sakes and for our own."
                                                                                         - Cesar Chavez
    1998 - Master's Degree, Buffalo State College, Reading Specialist
    1991 - Bachelor's Degree, Buffalo State College, Secondary Education, English
    1981 - Bachelor's Degree, Buffalo State College, Print Journalism with minor concentrations in Criminal Justice and Performing Arts 
    2016 - present   8th grade English teacher at Kenmore West High School
    2012 - 2016     8th grade English teacher at Hoover Middle School
    2003 - 2012         7th and 8th grade English teacher at Hoover Middle School
    1994 - 2003         9th and 10th grade English and Journalism teacher, Kenmore West HS 
    1983 - 1989         Reporter, The Daily News, Batavia. Courts and police beats, Attica State Prison, school districts, village and town governments, and features. Winner of American Cancer Society's New York State Media Award for Best Series, 1987. 
    Extra-curricular Activities
    2015               Published middle grade novel Relic
    2010 - 2014     Guest teacher participant in Hoover Middle School orchestra
    2010 - 2011     Algonquin Round Table Writing Club Advisor, Hoover Middle School 
    1997 - 2000     Co-advisor of The Chronicle, the student newspaper of Kenmore West HS
    1995 - 1997     SADD Advisor
    1994 - 1995     Junior Class Co-advisor, Kenmore West HS 
    Committee and Curriculum Work
    2012 - present     ELA Assessment Writing Committee
    2012 - present     Summer ELA Curriculum Development 
    2011 - 2016           Secondary Literacy Committee
    2008 - 2016           District Literacy Cohort
    June 2, 2014
    Erie 1 BOCES 
    Building Deeper Readers and Writers
    Kelly Gallagher, teacher and author
    March 31, 2001  
    New York State English Council
    Syracuse, NY  
    Presentor: "Magic Circles"  
    Seminars Attended: Wellness Through a Journey of Guided Imagery
                          Reading to Succeed: Comprehension is Key to Critical Thinking
    July 8-11, 1999
    AFT Quest Conference
    Washington, D.C.
    Seminars Attended: Introduction to the Internet  
    When Older Students Can't Read
    What Works for High School Students  
    Promising High School Programs
    November 9, 1998  
    32nd Annual Conference, New York State Reading Association  
    Saratoga Springs, NY  
    Presentor: "Exploring Our Practice: Action Research in the Literacy Classroom"  
    Seminars Attended: Techniques for Developing Self-Reliant Readers from Four Classrooms
    Wife of Jim
    Mother of Charlotte, adopted October 2003, Chongqing, China
    Mother of Clara, adopted August 2010, Nanjing, China 
Last Modified on June 29, 2017