Intensive Individual Support Services Therapist, 2005 to Present.
Job Coach and Assistant Teacher for Post-High school students, Ivymount School, Rockville, MD, 2007. Monitored and supervised students age 18-21 at job sites in community based program. Substitute Teacher for all age levels at Ivymount, 2006-2007. Students at Ivymount have serious developmental delays, learning disabilities, communication disorders, autism, and/or multiple disabilities.
Volunteer and Substitute Paraeducator, Stephen Knolls School, Wheaton, MD, 2005-2007. The students at Stephen Knolls have severe and profound disabilities, and sometimes, medically fragile conditions.
Volunteer, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), a recreational activity for children and young adults with mild to severe and profound mental and physical disabilities, 1999-2006. Served on KEEN Coaches Committee, named KEEN 2003 Volunteer of the Year.
Volunteer Coach, TOP Soccer Adaptive Program run by Montgomery Soccer and Special Olympics, 2006-2007. See Coach Mike mentioned in the 2007-2008 Special Olympics Montgomery County Newsletter. Named Top Soccer Volunteer of the Year for 2007.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - After getting my MBA at American University, I worked three years as a contractor and five more as a federal employee as an IT Specialist - essentially a Policy Analyst/Writer. During the last few months of my time at NIH, I had the opportunity to volunteer one day a week for the National Institute of Mental Health.
Radio - I worked in radio for the first five years of my career. Often behind the scenes and other times on the air, I worked as a deejay, sports reporter, and traffic reporter. The highlight of my five years was interviewing Michael Jordan. I worked in radio because I have always loved sports and music, and because I wanted to improve my oral communication and social skills.
• MS, Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2011, 3.8 GPA
• Graduate Certificate, Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Johns Hopkins University, 2008, 3.5 GPA
• MBA, American University, 1999, 3.4 GPA
• BA, Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan University
Praxis I scores – Reading: 184 out of 190, Writing: 184 out of 190, Math: 188 out of 190. The Praxis I Test, administered by the Educational Testing Service, is one of the requirements for teacher certification.
In 2006, I completed a course at George Washington University: Family Support and Guidance in Special Education.