Senior Year Project Teacher. 2010 – present.
Co-coordinate half-year senior project at Newton North High School, teaching, coaching, and learning alongside students on a myriad of independent projects.
English Teacher. Fall 2010.
Senior English in fall of 2010.
Newton North High School Librarian. 2004 – present.
Helped transform the library into a state-of-the-art Learning Commons.
Beverly High School Library Media Specialist. 1998- 2004.
Responsible for all aspects of operation of library media center, including management, budgeting, collection development, grant writing and administration, and staffing. Developed library skills curriculum for high school. Founded the Beverly Educational Archives. Created and maintained high school library webpage. Teach all levels of library and information literacy instruction both individually and through group instruction; also taught the course Discovering Beverly High School History Through Archival Research which utilized documents in the Beverly Educational Archives.
Illustrator, 2001 – present.
Watercolor and pencil illustrations. MvZoo.com
Web Designer. 1999 – present.
Independently designed and maintain websites for schools, non-profits, and companies, including Newton North High School, Newton North High School Library, Beverly Public Schools, Beverly High School, PrimaryResearch.org, Boston African American National Historic Site (National Park Service), Original Cyn Jewelry, MVZoo, and others.
Close-Up Foundation Advisor & Coordinator. 2000 – present.
Working with both Beverly High School and now Newton North High School, bringing groups of students to Washington, DC the first week of March.
Project Apprentice to History (PATH) Library Research Instructor. 2000 – 2004.
Helped design and teach this extracurricular, grant-funded program along with a social studies teacher at Beverly High School and the director of the Beverly Public Library each spring. Taught groups of 12 students primary research skills through site visits to museums, archives, and libraries and regular before-school meetings.
Beverly Public Library Young Adult Librarian. 1996 – 1998.
Responsible for Young Adult Services department, including development of programs such as poetry contests, art contests, tutoring, health awareness, summer reading, collaboration with local middle schools and high school and youth organizations, school visits, library orientation for middle- and high school classes, budgeting, collection development, web page design. Taught Internet classes over the summer to groups of teenagers. Instructor during school year to visiting high school classes on use of Internet. Founded Teenlink web page.
Endicott College Reference Librarian. 1997 – 1998.
Part-time, evening hours. Responsible for reference services in college library.
Lynnfield Public Library Reference Librarian. 1995 – 1996.
Part-time, day hours. Responsible for reference services in public library. Instructor for online catalog, magazine database, and internet classes held periodically and open to the community.
Beverly Public Library Staff Librarian. 1995 – 1996.
Responsible for reference services.
M.S. (Library Science) 1996. Simmons College.
B.A. (English), 1994 University of Vermont.
1990 Beverly High School Graduate.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & AWARDS
MassCue Webbie Award, 2009.
For the Newton North High School Library website.
Member, Massachusetts Colonial Society, 2009 – present.
Listee, Who’s Who in America, 2006 – present.
Prince Saunders Education Award for Exemplary Contributions in the Field of African-American Historical Research, 2005.
Awarded by the National Park Service.
Massachusetts Department of Education Distinguished Secondary Educator Award, 2003.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Special Project Grant, 2002.
Manager of $19960 grant (Books-and-More), written and administered by K-12 Library Media Specialists in Beverly, MA to fund programming and materials that foster information literacy skills district-wide.
Northeast Massachusetts Special Collections Online Grant 2002.
Wrote and received this grant through which a professional archivist was hired to survey, organize and describe the Beverly Educational Archives collection.
Documentary Heritage Grant Award, 2000.
Wrote and received $4,000 grant from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHRPC) to teach extracurricular class focusing on local historic records in collaboration with Beverly Public Library.
Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System Interlibrary Loan Committee Member. 2003 – 2004.
Bill of Rights Education Committee Board Member. 1999 – present.
This division of Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is responsible for planning annual youth and educator conferences.
Beverly Cultural Council Board Member. 1998 – 2001.
Duties include decisions on annual grant offering to local arts and cultural organizations.
Beverly Libraries for Learning Chairman. 1998 – 2004.
Helped found and conduct meetings for library advocacy and city-wide curriculum development in on-going collaborative project involving school and public librarians, and develop and implement long-range plan.
Beverly Youth Collaborative Board Member. 1998 – 2001.
Meets monthly to discuss matters concerning two Beverly youth centers, including hiring of youth program staff.
Mass. Teachers Association Member. 1998 – present.
Unity Coalition, BHS Faculty Advisor. 1998 – 2004.
Unity Coalition is a student group that promotes diversity of opinion, lifestyle, and awareness of the world within, as well as beyond the high school. The group seeks to confront issues that shape the lives of high school students through programs on topics such as race, gender, violence and drug-abuse.
Student Newspaper (The Ledger) Faculty Advisor. 1999 – 2004.
BHS Technology Committee Chairman. 1998 – 2001.
The purpose of this committee is to steer funds for technology (raised through public and private funds) to areas responsive to the needs of the BHS community.
“Sagas in Stone: Students Recreate New England History.” Common-place. July 2006.
“Encouraging Civic Virtues: A Collaborative Model Developed by a Teacher-Librarian and a Classroom Teacher.” Knowledge Quest 34:4 March-April 2006.
“These Names Had Life and Meaning: High School Students Immortalize the Civic Engagement of African-Americans.” Common-place. April, 2005.
“Portals to the Past.” Common-place. January, 2003.
“The Use of Archives in a School Setting”. Paper presented at New England Archivists Spring 1999 meeting.
“Profiles in Collaboration: Primary Research with High School Students.” NMRLS Newsletter. March, 2003.