The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.
Philosophy of Education
My philosophy as a teacher revolves around the reality that I am constantly learning, honing my skills, and striving to be my best. Simply put, I am in a recurrent state of renewal. Similarly, health education should be a continuously revitalizing content that provides opportunities and avenues for students to explore various life skills and improve themselves in order to achieve Wellness—one’s personal best in each of the following areas of health: emotional, environmental, social, spiritual, mental, physical, and intellectual. This continual revitalization lies in the collective support of parents, the school, the community, and the daily interaction between the student and the teacher to make every lesson relevant to the students’ cultural environment, challenge and inspire students, differentiate instruction, and celebrate students’ needs and talents. Ideally, teacher-student interaction should encompass respect, responsibility, practicality, and integrity.
Health education is a process; its concept usually is not internalized or utilized immediately. In fact, the educational experience of health is a journey, not a race. Teachers oftentimes rush through the health curriculum never realizing that students missed the value of lessons or their relevance. As such, teachers should provide worthwhile, rigorous, well-rounded, relevant, and enjoyable curricula at a practical pace that will be an enriching experience for the students. Quality heath education gives students a sense of responsibility, freedom, encouragement, efficiency, power, and the like. (Read more...)
Joined WPHS as a health teacher in 2004. Previously worked with Yonkers Public Schools as a health teacher; Brookdale Center of Aging of Hunter College as Training Associate & Project Director; SUNY Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) program as NYS Teacher Opportunity Corps Project Coordinator; and NYC Department of Health as a Public Health Advisor. Also have other diversified experiences with Girl Scouts of Greater NY and other corporations.
Current Committment at WPCSD:
District Technology Trainer (since 2006).
Past Committments at WPCSD (partial list):
White Plains Staff Development Center Director (2011-2012), White Plains District-Wide Staff Development Policy Board Chair (2010-2011), Staff Development White Plains High School Staff Development Committee co-chair (2008-2010), and White Plains District-Wide Staff Development Policy Board member (2006-2011), High School Yearbook Advisor (2007), WPHS Staff Development Member (2005-2007)
Currently in the process of completing a doctoral degree in Computing Studies at PACE University, Seidenberg School of CSIS. Earned Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in health education at State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland. Also earned post graduate credits in Educational Administration at SUNY Cortland. Received high school diploma from Boys and Girls High School, Brookyn, NY.
Technology, leadership, research, assessments, literarcy, team-building, multiple intelligences, self-empowerment, multiculturalism, diversity, national and gobal health issues, adult and higher education training, advocacy, coordinating events, and designing educational materials.
College Leadership Experience:
Served as president of Women of Color, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellow, Career Assistant, Resident Assistant, Newsletter Editor, Peer Tutor, Mentor, Adowe Dance Troupe and Gospel Choir Member, and Member of Eta Sigma Gamma (a national professional honorary health education society that promotes teaching, research, and service).
High School Leadership Experience:
Member of travel, dance, and drama clubs. Member of the marching band. Won essay-writing contest. Participant of an intensive-writing summer program at Columbia University.
Enjoying the outdoors, dancing, reading, traveling, shopping, collecting books, writing poetry, short stories, and plays, cooking, and teaching.
Extra Help Schedule
Periods: 2, 5, & 7
I am available for extra help during periods 2, 5, and 7 in room E-207. If these periods are inconvenient for you, you may schedule an appointment to meet with me during before- or after-school hours. I am reachable at either the indicated e-mail address or telephone number.