Teaching

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Curricular Achievements
  • Created a year-long Advanced Placement Literature and Composition curriculum.
  • Created a department-wide plan to improve the skills of sophomores and juniors who did not pass state-required standardized tests.
  • Created and taught an original online summer English course.
Extracurricular Involvement

Sponsored the following clubs (in alphabetical order):

  • Bearcat Gaming Club (Dungeons & Dragons)
    • seven years as sponsor
    • newly created club at the school; first-ever sponsor
  • Debate Club
    • five years as sponsor
    • newly created club; first-ever sponsor
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
    • two years as sponsor
    • newly created club; first-ever sponsor
  • Movie Club
    • four years as sponsor
    • newly created club; first-ever sponsor
  • National Honor Society
    • five years as sponsor
    • led the creation of a peer-to-peer counseling service
  • Poetry Club
    • one year as sponsor
  • Project Green (environmentalism club)
    • three years as sponsor
    • newly created club; first-ever sponsor

Coached the following sports and extracurricular activities (in alphabetical order):

  • English Academic Team
    • four years as coach
  • National Speech & Debate Association
    • one year as assistant coach
  • Spell Bowl Team
    • five years as coach
  • Track & Field (shot and discus)
    • two years as coach
Other Professional Awards and Achievements

Earned the following awards and achievements:

  • Three-time student-selected graduation speaker (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Yale Educator Award recipient (2018)
  • Spoke at an “Is Your School Suicide Ready? Symposium as a representative of GSAs in Northwest Indiana (2018)
  • English Department Chair (past)
Other Professional Involvement
  • Board Member – Dollars for Scholars of UTSC
    • 2014-2020
  • Delegate – Indiana State Teachers Association Representative Assembly
    • 2019

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