About Me

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How I Can Help You

Get all of your students engaged by training their teachers to include drama techniques shown to improve student achievement in:

  • English-language acquisition
  • Core subject-area proficiency
  • Public speaking
  • Self leadership
  • Emotional balance

Preparing today’s youth for an even more demanding technological way of life for tomorrow, calls on us teachers and school administrators to remain openminded and vigilant in leading our learners with love in our hearts. YES. An overflowing wealth of passion and love for each and every learner in our charge.

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What I Have to Offer

Professional Experience

My goal is to always deliver high quality, effective, and useful instruction in the field of Education and Communication Arts. 

Team Leader/MYP and DP Theatre Teacher

AISVN (American International School Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 2018 - present

Middle School Drama Teacher

Dubai American Academy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 2012 - 2018
Member of the K - 12 Fine Arts Department, wrote MS Drama curriculum using the UbD protocol based upon California state standards and vertically aligned to the HS IB drama program, attended PD workshops on Robert Marzano’s Classroom Instruction That Works.

High School Drama Teacher

Shenyang Pacific International Academy, Shenyang, China: 2010 - 2012
Founding staff member, chair of the Fine Arts Department, wrote HS drama curriculum with UbD protocol, taught English and hip hop dance at Chinese middle schools for marketing, was select judge for Chinese National English Speaking Competition, assisted ESOL teachers to improve students’ oral skills.

Middle School /High School Drama and Video Production Teacher

International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: 2001 - 2008
Designed and implemented HS curriculum for Drama, Theatre Arts, video production, leadership skills, public speaking skills, English in the Media 2 using the UbD protocol, created and instructed MS Theatre Arts and Drama for Exploratory Arts.

Founder/Artistic Director

Necessary Arts School, Trinidad and Tobago: 2001 - Present
Founded a non-profit after-school arts program for persons aged six years to adult, minimum population of 10% at-risk youth, created and offered workshops in acting, dance, steel pan, voice training, air brush, video production, and leadership training with mission to stimulate minds through artistic expression.

Presenter for Educators

Topic: Drama at the Core

Bridging Education (BE) Together Conference of Saigon, HCMC: 2018

EARCOS Conference, Thailand: 2018

Topic: Teaching Humanity in the Classroom

Necessary Arts, UAE Teachers’ Conference: 2017

Topic: Using the Design Thinking Model to Promote Differentiation within the Secondary Classroom

Topic: Power of You

Career Sphere: Speaker Mentor for Youth Leadership Conference; Dubai, UAE

Education, Training & Certifications

  • Certificate in Teaching IB DP Theatre Category 1 and 2
  • M.Ed., International Education, Framingham State University, Boston: 2001 - 2003
  • B.A., Communication Arts, St. Francis College, New York: 1990 - 1994
  • Certificates in Mediation in the Classroom, Leadership Training  
  • Massachusetts Educators License: 2012 - present
  • NESA Fall training institute: Differentiation, United Arab Emirates: 2017

Let’s Get in Touch!

I would love to hear from you. Please contact me today to learn more about how I can help you become a better teacher for your students.

Thank you!