A close-up look at NYC education policy, politics,and the people who have been, are now, or will be affected by acts of corruption and fraud. ATR CONNECT assists individuals who suddenly find themselves in the ATR ("Absent Teacher Reserve") pool and are the "new" rubber roomers, and re-assigned. The terms "rubber room" and "ATR" mean that you or any person has been targeted for removal from your job. A "Rubber Room" is not a place, but a process.
Education Analyst with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) within the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality (TRQ). Recent Master of Science grad from The New School – Urban Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Education Policy. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Fellow (Bulgaria 2010-2012).
Strengths include project building, management, and evaluation; quantitative research and analysis; data visualization and report writing (policy and informational reports); community development; and education.
Committed to improving the academic opportunities for low-income students through equitable policy and programs using data-driven research, community outreach, and program creation and evaluation.
Though I currently work in NYC and enjoy the challenges associated with working in this large and complicated urban setting, I am also interested in returning to the West Coast and working in LA, SF, or Seattle.
Also completed a one-year credentialing program to receive a Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. This involved student teaching in both lower- and upper-elementary grades and extensive coursework. We were placed in low-income schools throughout Southern California and encouraged to consider how culture and language affects student learning and to incorporate the diverse backgrounds of each students into our lesson planning.
–(7 months)Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality - 65 Court St. Brooklyn, NY11201
Assist principals in The Bronx in obtaining highly qualified candidates for their teacher vacancies
Assist in the planning, implementation, and assessment of Teacher Recruitment Fairs
Generate Vacancy Reports bi-weekly to inform office of staffing needs by borough, district, school, and certification area
Use current and past data to analyze staffing needs (all boroughs) -Determine high-needs schools -Create and implement targeting strategies for these schools -Analyze the overlap between the efforts of our office and the hiring choices and practices of public schools throughout the city
Utilize and manipulate data sets in order to inform policy and planning decisions for a variety of purposes including website design, improved pre-screening processes for teacher candidates, event planning, etc.
TEACHING Used a variety of instructional strategies and resources to respond to students’ diverse needs including problem solving, critical thinking, and other activities that incorporate of variety of learning styles; Facilitated learning experiences that promote autonomy, interaction, and choice by promoting self-directed, reflective learning for all students; Designed short-term & long-term lesson plans to foster student learning that draws on their backgrounds, interests, culture, and student needs while establishing and articulating goals for student learning; Took part in training and practical work to become a TEFL instructor (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Wrote grants for the construction of a new English classroom; Planned and taught adult English courses; Worked with a host-country national counterparts in order to exchange knowledge, skills, and ideas during two years of Peace Corps service
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Developed and organized activities for students in both pre-school and after-school programs; Designed, implemented, and assessed youth camps designed to promote skills in international affairs; Organized committee of female students to volunteer, fund-raise, and organize community outreach projects; Implemented a multiple-school spelling bee; Organized youth sports tournaments between neighboring communities
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