"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

Professional Experience


Teaching Experience

  • English Teacher                                                    Fayetteville Manlius Central School District                 Ms. Maureen McCrystal        
    • September 2014-present 
    • Instructor of 8th Grade ELA 
    • Responsible for developing students' skill sets as they transition to the high school, evaluating students and making appropriate recommendations for high school coursework, and for preparing students for the NYS 8th Grade English Common Core Exam
    • Highest scoring school in Central New York on the NYS 8th Grade English Common Core Exam for two years in a row
    • Ski Club Chaperone & Writing Club Moderator 
  • English Teacher                                                    Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse                       Mrs. Judy Killion
    • August 2010-August 2014
    • Instructed two different courses in the Junior High School including 8th grade English, a literature based course, and 7th grade Grammar and Writing, a writing intensive course
    • Instructor for 9th & 10th grade English, both literature based courses with rigorous syllabi
    • Created a curriculum for the Journalism elective and revitalized interest in the class
    • Planned and chaperoned an educational student trip to Paris and London in 2010
    • High School Student Senate advisor with responsibilities including planning and chaperoning events and moderating weekly meetings.
    • NYS Professional Certification Pending (May 2014)
  • Permanent Building Substitute                             East Syracuse-Minoa High School                                 Mr. Edgar Ames
    • March 2010- June 2010
    • Reported to the Central High School on a daily basis and substituted in multiple content areas, including special education, for grades 9-12.
  • Summer School Instructor                                     East Syracuse-Minoa High School                                Mr. Jim DeAngelo, Mr. Thomas Bailer
    • July 2010-August 2010; July 2009-August 2009                
    • Instructed a diverse, high needs population of students, grades 10-12, in a variety of activities, including the reading and analysis of Fahrenheit 451, supplemented by grammar studies and inquiries into pop culture. We also worked on various preparatory activities for career planning, college and the New York State Regents Exam.  
  • Substitute Teacher                                                  East Syracuse-Minoa High School                                Mr. Bob Campese (AP)
    • March 2009-March 2010
    • Substituted in multiple content areas, including special education, and for a variety of grade levels, on an as needed basis.
  • Student Teaching Placement                 Fayetteville-Manlius High School                                Ms. Mary Patroulis
    • September 2008-October 2008
    • Grades 9, 10, and 12.
    • Instructed 12th grade Advanced Placement and 9th grade honors classes in an academically challenging environment
    • Executed interactive and relevant lesson plans for To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice, which included whole class discussions, cooperative learning, writing workshops, media literacy, blogging, web-quests and other technology applications.
    • Guided students through an ELA Regents parallel Task 4 and an AP essay.
    • Supervised a writing lab, providing extra assistance to struggling students.
  • Student Teaching Placement                        Blodgett Middle School (Syracuse City School District)   Ms. Jill Znaczko
    • October 2008-December 2008
    • Grade 8
    • Created relevancy in literature for 8th grade students through an innovative music and lyrics units, as well as a short story unit based on a text by a contemporary young adult author.
    • Diversified lesson plans included discussion, creative writing, pop culture and technology.
  • Practicum: Composition Process                            Whitney Point Middle School                                          Ms. Holly Holbrook-Rice
    • September 2007-December 2007
    • Observed in and assisted with a 7th grade ELA classroom.
  • Practicum: Language Development                        Grant Middle School (Syracuse City School District)        Ms. Jennifer Callender
    • January 2008-May 2008
    • Observed and taught grammar to 7th and 8th grade students.


Related Experience

SUNY  Cortland              Graduate Assistant           Academic Support and Achievement Program            September 2007- May 2008 

  •  I worked as a tutor with a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. I met with individual students to help them improve their study skills, time management, test taking strategies, and reading and writing skills. Not only was I responsible for assessing their skills, but also for implementing the most effective and efficient plan of action.

Exceptional Family Resources & Advocates Inc.           Residential Habilitation         Syracuse, NY            March 2004- Present

  • I work with a young man who has Fragile X Syndrome, a developmental disorder resulting in mental retardation. My goal is to enhance his quality of life, through increased peer interactions and participation in community activities. I also work with this individual on improving his communication skills and independent living skills, resulting in greater self sufficiency.

Cortland Child Development Center         Youth Recreation Assistant               September 2006- May 2007

  • My job duties and responsibilities included supervising and interacting with 40 children, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, who attended the after school program. I was an important role model and leader to the children, teaching them appropriate social skills, behaviors, and respect for everyone.
  • I was honored at the SUNY Cortland Student Employee Recognition Dinner for the services I provided to the program.

 Private Academic Tutor                            Syracuse, NY                                      September 2008-March 2010

  • Worked one on one and assisted students with ELA, reading comprehension, study skills, resume building, and SAT & ASVAB preparation.

                                                                                       *References available upon request

Education and Coursework

State University of New York at Cortland          Cortland, NY          May 2007- December 2008 

  • Master of Arts in Teaching: English Adolescent Education (7-12)
  • New York State Initial Certification (awarded September 2009)
  • Overall GPA: 3.80
  • President of the Cortland English Club
    • As an officer, I was responsible for recruiting and maintaining membership in the club, organizing activities, delegating tasks to my fellow officers and managing club meetings. As a club, we provided "a place for students to meet outside of the classroom to share their written work, ideas and opinions" regarding English, education and literacy. Accomplishments for the 2007-2008 academic year included fund-raising for and participating in Relay For Life, and also participating in Festivus 2007, a community festival for children and their families. We also succeeded in opening a contemporary reading section in the campus library, open to all students.

 State University of New York at Cortland            Cortland, NY          September 2005- May 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Overall GPA: 3.87; summa cum laude
  • Recipient of (1) Dr. Robert Rhodes Scholarship, awarded from the Cortland English Department for earning the highest GPA among all senior English Majors in the class of 2007, (2) Marion C. Thompson Scholarship for demonstrating academic success in English studies, and (3) the Class of 1953 Scholarship for exemplary GPA and leadership on campus
  • Vice President of the English Club
  • Note-taker for Student Disability Services
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society.
  • Proficiency in Spanish with seven years of Spanish instruction

 Onondaga Community College                             Syracuse, NY          December 2004-May 2005

  • Associates Degree in Humanities
  • Overall GPA: 3.863
  • Member of Alpha Sigma Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Vice President and co-founder of the Spanish Club


 List of English and Education Courses Completed

English Courses                                                                                          Education Courses

ENG 765: Multicultural and Transnational Literature                               EDU 671: Issues and Foundations in Education 

ENG 619: Literature for Adolescents                                                    AED 669: Practicum-Language Development

ENG 645: Wordsworth and Coleridge                                                   AED 668: Language Development in Adolescence

ENG 529: Cyberpunk Literature                                                          AED 663: Research and the Teaching of English

ENG 506: Computers and the Study of English                                     AED 541: Teaching Literacy and Critical Literacy

ENG 505: Practicum-Composition Process                                            AED 576: Student Teaching- Middle School

ENG 504: Composition Process-Rhetoric and Analysis                             AED 577: Student Teaching- High School

ENG 457: Modern Irish Fiction

ENG 440: The Age of Satire             

ENG 433: Shakespeare

ENG 419: American Literature of the 1920s and 30s                                    

ENG 418: Realism and Naturalism in American Literature                                                       

ENG 356: British Literature 1780-Present                                                     

ENG 355: British Literature to 1780

ENG 326: American Literature II

ENG 325: American Literature before 1900

ENG 302: Writing about Literature

ENG 261: Women in Literature

ENG 260: The Literature of Sports

ENG 221: Introduction to Western Literature

PWR 213: Writing Poetry

ENG 203: Introduction to Poetry

Professional Development Activities

  • 2013 Attendance at the New York State Middle School Association Conference in Verona, NY. 
  • Attendant of the 2013 Bureau of Education & Research Seminar featuring Mary Ellen Ledbetter
  • 2007 presenter at NYSEC in New York City under the direction of Dr. Karen Stearns, on the importance of using Young Adult Literature in the classroom.
  • Attendance at the 2007 NCTE conference in New York City
  • Active membership in NCTE and NYSEC
  • Participant in the SUNY Cortland Student Teacher's Colloquium