Teaching Experience

I babysat and worked as a camp counselor from a relatively young age. I specialized in teaching drama and all kind of sports and games. When I babysat, I often enjoyed playing school with my charges.

After I graduated from college, I spent a year as a paralegal before I decided to try teaching. I worked in a private Quaker school in Brooklyn teaching French, teaching in the afterschool program, and being an on-call sub for the entire school. I was really glad for that experience--it was a great introduction to teaching, but I decided that I wanted to teach in the public schools, so I got a master's degree with credentials in ESL and Social Studies. I interned in Fairfax County PS and student taught in junior and high school in DCPS.

After that, I taught in a high school in DCPS for a few years and then in Albemarle County, Virginia, for five more. I taught ESL at all levels and a variety of social studies courses. I spent one summer teaching elementary ESL, but other than that I was exclusively in secondary schools.

For my next teaching gigs I was employed outside of public school districts, by private non-profits. I taught in Head Start classrooms for a year (teaching a specific curriculum), I taught ESL and life skills to adults, and I taught a writing class, also to adults. For the past two years, I was a lead teacher in a private preschool.

In the fall of 2014, I begin a PhD program and graduate assistantship in Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University where I'll be studying policy and research.

1 comment:

  1. I used to be a teacher. I was bullied by another educator, an administrator. I lost my profession because of this in the winter of 2002. Then, I read about a teacher in Illinois who stood in front of a moving semi-truck on Thanksgiving Day, 2011, because she was being bullied by the superintendent of her 2 school district. Her name was Mary Eve Thorson. I completed a documentary based upon what happened to this teacher and why. The film, DYING TO TEACH: The Killing of Mary Eve Thorson, “Educators Who Bully”, was requested by the SAVE OUR SCHOOLS organization for its convention in Washington, D.C., in August of 2012. CBS 2 Chicago interviewed the parents of Mary Eve, John and Shari Thorson, on April 5th, 2013. I was also spoken to about the film and its relevance. Unfortunately, the segment was only 2 minutes long and couldn’t provide the time which this issue sorely warrants.
    I learned from doing research for the film that teachers all over the country are killing themselves. They're being bullied by other educators/administrators and it's happening in the presence of the students…our children, during school hours. Teachers are committing suicide and this issue isn't being broached by anyone. They are miscarrying their unborn children, taking powerful anti-depressant drugs, confined to "Rubber Rooms" where they do nothing but busy work because they're not allowed to interact with the students, terminated from their positions, falsely accused of committing crimes which they're innocent of, forced to commit highly unethical acts within the institution for the sake of continued funding, and in horrible cases, teachers are harming themselves out of hopelessness and despair.
    Mary’s parents haven’t been afforded any comfort from the media considering their child died to ensure the safety and well-being of the teachers and children within the school where she taught. I am receiving emails from teachers in pain begging me to help them. When children began complaining of being bullied by their peers it wasn't taken seriously until they started to take their own lives over it. Now, the same thing is happening to teachers. We can't have BULLY FREE ZONES in place in our schools if the administrators are also bullies. Teachers want to make the world aware that this is happening. They’ve been reduced to silence, hiding, and death over this issue. The first step in keeping persons from harm is in letting the world know that the harm is taking place. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty of the BAD people, but the silence over that by the GOOD people.” Teachers don’t deserve to see death as an only resort. After reading so many letters from teachers in pain, I wanted to make the film as accessible as I could, hence its placement on Vimeo. I want the world to know that teachers are suffering and the children are in the crossfire as the abuse is taking place. Please pass the link along. There is no charge to watch the documentary; and, it can be downloaded. Thank you. Myra