Hello!

My credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross (2009), a Masters of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from Northeastern University, as well as three years of business experience and corporate citizenship in client-facing roles with IBM. I recently completed the Orton-Gillingham, Stage 1 Certification Program, and have successfully fulfilled my student teaching requirement following four remarkable months with a 4th grade classroom in the Boston Public School System. I have also had wonderful experiences serving as a Leave Replacement Substitute (7th/8th Grade) and as a Summer School Instructor (1st/2nd Grade) at the Mary Lyon School, a BPS Inclusive School. My pursuit of a multitude of certifications and designations confirms my commitment to educating all types of learners. By January 2014, I will be granted initial licensures from the Massachusetts Department of Education in the following areas:
  • Elementary Education 1-6, earned #469832
  • Moderate Disabilities K-8, expected January 2014
  • English as a Second Language PreK-6, expected January 2014

Through six years of higher education, I have developed broad-based skills in writing, critical thinking, public speaking, and quantitative reasoning. I honed my leadership, team building, and time-management skills as captain of my Division 1 swimming team, and am comfortable juggling numerous responsibilities and adapting to changing priorities. Moreover, my professional roles with IBM placed a heavy emphasis on interpersonal relationships, collaboration with clients and colleagues, as well as leveraging technology to assist in communication and knowledge building. These proficiencies served me well as a student teacher, and will continue to do so as my career in elementary education progresses.

While my educational and professional background demonstrate potential for teaching excellence, I feel that my personal attributes may be my strongest suit. I am creative, with a passion for learning. I am organized and structured. Yet, I am also flexible because I understand what it’s like to juggle responsibilities and adapt to changing priorities. From kindergarten through college, I was a competitive swimmer – a student athlete. I understand the pressures that many kids face – participating in after school activities combined with completing homework assignments and studying for tests. I am a digital native with high level of proficiency in interactive multimedia technologies. Finally, I am a nurturing person. I find something special in each and every child.

My decision to become an elementary school teacher was not made lightly. It is a decision made with confidence, and stems from a deep desire for professional purpose and satisfaction. I am a positive and motivated person with a passion for teaching and lifelong learning. I believe that my academic and professional qualifications, as well as my personal attributes, will be an asset to students within any school district.

Dana