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PROFILE
Educational professional with demonstrated skills in teaching/training, curriculum development, user support, and event planning/organizing. Long involvement in outdoor and environmental education with adults, teens, and children. Proven communication, presentation, and group facilitation expertise used to build skills and knowledge, and create life-changing and instructive experiences for participants. Strong customer service and problem-resolution experience. Recognized for leadership, drive, flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm.
Computer skills: MS Office, PowerPoint, InDesign, PageMaker, PhotoShop, GoLive, HTML, SQL, UNIX.
Objective
To help students at all levels to learn the fascination of math and science, using my long-term experience in developing and teaching on-line computer applications to increase students' use of technology for classroom solutions. To use my commitment to inclusionary practices and experience with multiple teaching modes to ensure access to standard curriculum for all students. My commitment to inclusion also reflects an interest in the needs of special education students, with whom I have been privileged to work on several occasions.
WORK EXPERIENCE

Teaching/Training
I have worked in a number of teaching positions, both professionally and on a volunteer basis. My students have ranged in age from barely 6 to late 70s. I have worked in the following areas:
  • First grade classroom with primary responsibility for children with behavioral and learning issues.
  • Substitute of choice in middle and elementary schools, specializing in children with learning disabilities from mild to severe or behavioral issues.
  • Computer application use, multi-user system management, database design and management.
  • White-water kayaking and canoeing, sea kayaking, wilderness skills and safety/rescue techniques
  • Adventure and environmental education
  • Identified, recruited and trained volunteer white-water instructors. Served as key point-of-contact for participants. (AMC)
Leadership
I have often found myself in leadership positions, designing and managing courses and services for customers ranging from ropes course for elementary school children to providing 24/7 technical support for police, fire and ems systems:
  • Designed, implemented, and managed technical support help desk for 50+ customer public service agencies. Spearheaded new technical support policy for all aspects of customers’ systems.
  • Designed, planned and led kayaking courses and trips for up to 60 participants throughout New England and in Canada.
  • Designed, built and taught ropes course and team-building activities for groups of elementary and middle school children.
Organizing
Both in a leadership position and as a relatively independent subordinate, organizational skills have been an important part of my work.
Writing/Technical Design
Writing both for communication and for informational purposes is been a skill I have used extensively. Published works include material for both internal and external distribution and range from poetry to newspaper and magazine articles and technical manuals. As a programmer, I have designed and implemented web sites, user applications, databases and interfaces between systems, including E911, medevac and records management systems.
JOB HISTORY
Educational/Environmental/Writing
  • Editor, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Ipswich, MA (2012)
  • Staff writer, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Ipswich, MA (1993-2012)
  • Substitute teacher, various school systems (2009-present)
  • Teaching Assistant, 1st Grade, Ipswich School Department, Ipswich, MA (2008-2009)
  • Substitute teacher, Ipswich School Department, Ipswich, MA (2007-2008)
  • Sea Kayak Program Instructor, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Rockport, ME (1989-90)
  • Senior Trip Leader and White Water Instructor (class IV), Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, MA (1973-86)
  • White Water Kayak Instructor, Madawaska Kanu Camp, Barry's Bay, Ontario, Canada (1979-81)
  • Outdoor/Adventure Ed Program Designer/Instructor, Peabody School System/Brooksby Farm (1978-79)
  • Residential counselor, Alpha Omega, Acton, MA (1977-78)
  • Outdoor/Adventure Education Program Designer/Instructor, Hale Reservation (1977)
  • Outdoor/Adventure Education Curriculum Designer/Instructor, YMCA/Camp Cabot, Waltham, MA (1976)
  • Ropes Course/New Games Designer/Instructor, Town of Peabody School Department, Peabody MA (1977)
Technical
  • Web-site manager and technical consultant, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker (2005-Present)
  • Technical Support Manager, Queues Enforth Development, Malden, MA (1998-2005)
  • Senior Software Engineer, Queues Enforth Development (1995-98) Q.E.D. is a small software development company specializing in public safety software for police, fire, and EMS departments and agencies.
  • Software Engineer, Queues Enforth Development (1989-95)
  • System Manager, Somerville Police Department (1986-89) The Somerville P.D. is a mid-sized police department serving one of the most densely populated cities in Massachusetts.
Other
  • Installation Manager and Chief Installer,Kochman Woodworking, Boston, MA (1977-1985)
EDUCATION
  • Completed coursework in the Master of Science - Education program at the University of New England, Biddeford, ME, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies.
    Course Final Grade
    Teacher as Leader A
    Differentiation Theory & Strategies A
    Motivational Theory & Class Management A-
    Study Skills & Content Literacy Instruction A
    Connecting Reading with Writing for Success A
    Instructional Leadership A
    Teaching and Learning in Inclusion Settings A
    Portfolio A
    Using Technology Within Inclusion Settings A
    Action Research A
  • Over the years, I have continued to take a variety of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in computer science, education, psychology and the arts at various local universities, including Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University, as well as several courses and seminars related to my work at Q.E.D.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, cum laude, Boston University, 1974
REFERENCES             Contact information for references available on request
  • Judy Ferrara, Special Education
  • Laura Repplier, 5th Grade Teacher
  • Debra Harris, Special Education Program Manager
  • Michael McCarty, Chief of Operations, Queues Enforth Development, Inc.
  • Susan Merrill, 1st Grade Teacher