CV

Professional Accomplishments

August 2017-Present

Homeschool English Teacher

  • Hired to teach one-on-one, 7th-12th Grade in-person & online

  • English literature and creative writing analyzing elements of literature, writing styles, and author studies, culminating with the publication of a 50-page short story.

  • Nonfiction analysis with an emphasis on the I-Search method and Guided Inquiry Design.

  • State standards based grading and assessment, and transcript preparation.

July 2010-Present

Librarian

  • Assist students in finding resources for school projects

  • Encourage reading for enjoyment and lifelong learning, especially with students who struggle to enjoy reading or find books to read on their own.

  • Collaborate with teachers on lessons including research skills, website evaluation, copyright and plagiarism, Google, poetry, creative writing

  • Catalog new books, circulate materials, maintain appearance of media center

January 2017 - Present

Tour Coordinator

  • Work with EF Tours to coordinate trips across the globe for Middle School and High School students.

  • Trips can include parents or be solo student travel.

  • All trips are based around educational activities and tie into units being taught during the school year.

  • Previous trips include:

    • Barcelona 20176

    • Costa Rica 2017

    • Paris & Italy 2018

    • Scotland & England 2019

    • Berlin, Prague, Krakow, & Budapest 2021 (fingers crossed)

August 2006-December 2007

Elementary Teacher

  • Instructed small groups with Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading

  • Integrated FOSS (Full Option Science System) and Carolina Biologicals for Science

  • Conferenced with students using Writer’s Workshop

 

Regarding his unit in English - two thumbs up!!!  He has been impressively engaged through the whole thing.  He even stopped to read one of the stories to my mom.

Mom of a 10th Grader

Please know that you've been so much of a blessing to our family!  Petros's success in so many areas is due in no small part to your brilliance as a teacher, your efforts as an educator, and your advice to Cris and I in pretty much all areas with him.  We appreciate you more than you'll ever know!

Mom of an 11th Grader

 
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Professional Bio

Educating the Next Generation

I have served as librarian in a variety of different schools. My first school was in rural Appalachia with the majority of students on free or reduced lunch. The library serviced 5th-12th grade. My next school was an elementary school in inner city Newport News with an extremely high poverty rate and a majority of African American students. This was a Priority School based on failing reading and math scores. I've taught at a school with almost 1800 students, the largest middle school in the state of Virginia. There were 57 different languages spoken and 65% of students did not speak English at home. And I'm currently at a school just a few miles from the beach in South Carolina, changing week-to-week from hybrid to virtual, as we learn how to adjust in a COVID-19 world. All of these schools presented unique challenges and opportunities for me as an educator to develop diverse instructional techniques and resources across a broad range of learners and learning styles.

Many years ago, I was hired to create the English curriculum for students being homeschooled. This experience brings me the greatest joy and inspires my love of education on a daily basis. It's a joy to create lessons based on what the students enjoy learning, at the pace that works for them, while challenging them to meet rigorous expectations set by myself and their parents. 


Some units I've taught include Wonder and the effect of bullying; Cinder and the story structure of fairy tales and how that structure applies to all stories; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and historical research used in fiction writing; Life As We Knew It and dystopia in literature combined with researching real life dystopias and how to survive; and So Yesterday and the effectiveness of persuasive writing and advertising. Other units focused on Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief and Greek Mythology, fractured fairy tales based on The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and then writing our own fractured fairy tales, and writing poems after studying the structure and meaning of George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From.”

With my individual, student-driven method, your child will learn and develop, and then apply everything learned in my English Language Arts classes in other areas of study and work.