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EDUCATION

TEACHERS COLLEGE, Columbia University, New York, NY

Master of Arts in Educational Technology, May 2014
Thesis: Rationale for Teaching Computer Programming in the K-12 Schools
Student Senate Representative for Math, Science, Technology Department, Sept. 2012 – May 2013

ALFRED UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE of ART and DESIGN, Alfred, NY

Bachelor of Fine Art, May 2005
Concentrations – Studio Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Video and Digital Media
Presidential Scholar and Graduated Cum Laude


CERTIFICATIONS

NEW YORK STATE CERTIFICATION

Educational Technology Specialist K-12, July 2014 – August 2019

GOOGLE

Google Educator Certification – Level 1, October 2017 – October 2020

Google Educator Certification – Level 2, November 2017 – November 2020

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Visual Arts [Category 1] Workshop Certificate, October 2016


COURSERA

Graphic Design Specialization, September 2016

COURSERA

Photography Specialization, September 2016

UNIVERSITY of CAMBRIDGE

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), PASS-A, February 2011

NYU – School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Certificate in Web Development, Spring 2007


PRESENTATIONS

The 27th Annual CEESA Conference

Teaching with a Blended Learning Methodology, March 2017


COURSE CERTIFICATES

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Brand New Brand, September 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Ideas from the History of Graphic Design, June 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Photography Techniques: Light, Content, and Sharing, June 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Principles of Photo Composition and Digital Image Post-Production, May 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Introduction to Imagemaking, April 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Camera Control, April 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Cameras, Exposure, and Photography, April 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Introduction to Typography, March 2016

FUTURELEARN VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Explore Animation — National Film and Television School, January 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Modern Art & Ideas, January 2016

FUTURELEARN VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen — National Film and Television School, January 2016

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Fundamentals of Graphic Design, December 2015

COURSERA VERIFIED CERTIFICATE

Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art, May 2014

EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE

Anglo-American School of Sofia – Middle/High School, Sofia, Bulgaria

Educational Technologist & Technology Coach, Digital Arts Educator, August 2014 – present
Educational Technologist & Technology Coach

  • Engaged in proactive planning and training for students and teachers during ongoing roll-out of BYOD implementation
  • Created a virtual learning site for teachers with recorded screencasts and how-to documentation to support technology initiatives
  • Formulated minimal requirements and best practices for virtual classroom sites in order to create a consistent learning experience for students
  • Instituted orientation sessions to onboard new students with school-wide tech systems, including PowerSchool Learning and Google Suites
  • Collaborated with teachers to locate and introduce engaging technology solutions that enhanced and supported learning
  • Involved staff in professional development through whole group workshops and push-in support
  • Liaised with IT personnel to develop and implement new initiatives, invite innovation and troubleshoot potential issues

 

Digital Arts Educator

  • Developed a secondary school Design and Digital Arts program, that promoted 21st-century skills, while engaging students in conceptual exploration and technical skills development
  • Formulated a blended learning environment that nurtured students’ artistic and creative development, while offering choice and flexible pacing
  • Created innovative material for each course that utilized a blended learning, differentiated, project-based methodology
  • Established natural and authentic opportunities for students to showcase and reflect on their work during screenings and gallery showcases
TEDx Youth @AASSofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

Social Media & Marketing, August 2016 – April 2018

  • Assisted in creating marketing material
  • Mentored a student for the creation of design work for the event
  • Photographer for pre-event and event needs
  • Ran the social media channels during the event
The Dwight School – Upper/Middle School, New York, NY

Technology Specialist Student Teacher, February 2014 – May 2014

  • Assisted Technology teachers with implementing lessons for Design Technology classes
  • Worked with students to utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills by using the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Curriculum’s design cycle
  • Facilitated with classroom management and instruction
Friends Seminary – Lower School, New York, NY

Technology Specialist Student Teacher, September 2013 – December 2013

  • Worked in coordination with the Technology Specialist to implement lessons for 3rd & 4th graders including units on Digital Citizenship, Basic Computer Literacy, Stop-Motion animations (iStopMotion), and computer programming (Scratch)
  • Developed and taught lessons on data exploration (Tinkerplots) to further understanding
  • Aided in general classroom instruction as well as one-on-one mentorship to teach technological concepts and skills
Little Red School House – Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York, NY

Substitute Teacher, September 2011 – June 2012, April 2013 – May 2013

  • Administered classroom lessons (all subjects)
  • Supervised and managed classrooms

Arts Workshop Teacher, April 2008, April 2009, & May 2011

  • Developed workshops for students about the history & use of Polaroid photography
  • Instructed and guided students in their explorations to further understanding of this medium’s possibilities and artistic considerations
Hospital Audiences, Inc., New York, NY

Workshop Teacher with an Artist Studio for the Mentally Ill, May 2011 – July 2012

  • Created and taught workshops (Art, Adobe Photoshop, Social Media) to aid in understanding and exploration of technological and artistic possibilities
  • Facilitated artists in learning pertinent computer skills in one-on-one mentorship
United Jewish Communities, Israel

OTZMA Teaching Fellow, August 2009 – June 2010

  • Designed and taught English language lessons [High School Level]
  • Counseled and mentored teenagers in an afterschool program

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Teachers College, Columbia University – Department of Development and External Affairs, Inc., New York, NY

Web Developer / Designer & Photographer, May 2013 – July 2014

  • Website construction by building out websites with custom look/feel and functionality
  • Creation of design mockups and digital media for use on websites
  • Performing duties of photographer (events, portraits, etc.) and photography editor for use on website and such publications as the Annual Report
Viacom Media Networks  – Nick Jr. – Dora the Explorer Research Department, New York, NY

Educational Media Research Intern, February 2013 – May 2013

  • Performed fieldwork, transcribed / analyzed data, & organizing materials to support the development of show’s educational objectives
  • Assisted the Art Department with producing artwork for fieldwork
Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY

Admissions Coordinator, September 2012 – December 2012

  • Processed applications & utilized school management database software [Senior Systems]
  • Assisted prospective families with scheduling interviews / class visits / tours, & inquiries

Educational Technology Intern, December 2012 – February 2013

  • Supported classroom teachers in utilizing educational technology
  • Performed research for institutional technology initiatives
SelectMinds, Inc., New York, NY

Web Developer, June 2006 – June 2009

  • Designed & built websites and email newsletters (HTML/CSS and Adobe Photoshop)
  • Managed timelines for team-based website builds & processed requests from clients

SKILLS

Computer Skills: Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, & Bridge), Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, HTML / CSS, WordPress, Scratch, iStopMotion, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Google Suite for Education

Skills: Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Illustration, Digital Media, Video Capture & Editing, Web Design, Social Media, Blogging, Technology Integration, & Digital Literacy

Language: Spanish (basic), Hebrew (basic)