Charlotte, NC, 28210
Joined on June, 2014
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EducationElementary and Secondary Certified in New York State and North Carolina. Master's Degree in Literacy (Birth-12th) from Long Island University, Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education (grades K-6)from Mercy College
Kennedy Charter Public School, Charlotte, NC
2nd Grade Teacher
Provide instruction to class of 10 scholars whose learning styles range from those performing above grade level, on grade level, and below grade level. Design and develop programs to meet the academic, intellectual, and social needs of my students. Construct daily lesson plans and schedule activities. Integrate specialized programs (Singapore Math and Riggs) designed to meet the individual educational needs of each student. Conduct shared and guided reading groups (Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops) which leads to discussions regarding the material. Differentiate instruction to those scholars who have achieved mastery, and those who require further instruction. Utilize formal and informal assessments, and use data to drive instruction. Attend and contribute to staff meetings and professional development training.
Key Institute, Cortlandt Manor, NY 7/6/08-6/28/13
Deliver literacy instruction to students PreK-12th grade within Montessori setting. Facilitate guided reading groups, whole group instruction and small group instruction according to my students' skills and ability levels. Conduct ongoing assessment, including formally and informally, throughout the year and monitor areas which have improved and areas which still need work. Each of my lessons is designed to meet state standards and to meet the requirements of the student's IEP. At the end of year, I administer a formal standardized assessment individually to each student to determine progress made.
Shelter Rock Elementary, Danbury, Connecticut 11/23/09-06/23/10
Special Education Teacher (Leave Replacement)
Work one-to-one with students in resource room. Implement goals tailored to each student’s IEP to ensure they were successful academically. Co-taught with fellow Special Education teacher which allowed for even more effective lesson planning and more attention paid to each individual student. Coordinate with parents, teachers, teaching assistants, and various service providers that include speech, occupational, and physical therapists for students having ADD, autism, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities in resource and general education classrooms.
Lincoln-Titus Elementary, Shrub Oak, NY Teaching Assistant (Leave Replacement)
Work in a self-contained classroom of twelve special needs students. Assist teacher in developing lesson plans and coordinate assessment, and testing activities for all students. Work with students in cooperative learning groups, providing one-to-one instruction. In absence of the teacher, maintain responsibility for handling students’ disciplinary problems. Attend training workshop for teachers, faculty meetings, and conferences.
Brookside Elementary, Yorktown Heights, NY 9/5/07-12/16/07
Taught in three different classrooms: third grade, fifth grade, and fifth grade (special education), four weeks in each placement. Developed and implemented engaging, effective lessons in all subject areas for a heterogeneous group of special and regular education students. Worked collaboratively with other teachers and professionals to create effective lessons that met the learning needs and abilities of all students. Organized and created learning centers and bulletin boards. Attended parent conferences, faculty and team meetings, IEP meetings, and county-wide professional development days. Actively participated in activities which included: assessing student progress, assigning grades, taking attendance, lunch/recess duty, keeping parents/guardians informed through newsletters, daily or weekly progress reports/behavior charts, phone calls and email.
Kumon Math and Reading Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 2003-2008
Assistant Center Director
Five years experience as Assistant Center Director of Kumon Math and Reading Center. Promoted from Teaching Assistant to Assistant Center Director is less than a year. Conducted bi-monthly consultations with parents, teachers, and other supporting staff. Diagnosed students’ academic areas of strengths and needs, and devised specific plan to meet those needs. Conducted ongoing assessment, both formally and informally, carefully monitoring areas of progress. Ran learning center in absence of Center Director (opening, closing, diagnostic testing of new students and placing them in the program accordingly, tuition collection, advertising for center). Maintained a clean, workable environment in office and classrooms.
Carver Center, Port Chester, NY
Reading Tutor 1/15/11-12/10/11 Responsible for diagnosing reading difficulties in second-grade student who required intervention. Devised an individualized plan which incorporated balanced literacy to meet student’s needs. Administered, prepared and conducted tests and assignments to evaluate the progress of student.
Kingston, NY Professional Scorer for English Language Arts Assessment (Educational Vistas) 6/17/12-6/28/12
Evaluated student responses to open-ended questions in a reliable manner and rates according to state supplied rubric.
HobbiesI love inspiring children to read. Learning is wonderful, but loving to learn is what matters and will help your child grow into a lifelong learner. I, myself, didn't become a true bookworm until I went to college. Students in high school often lose focus and motivation as the phrase, "Why do I need to know this?" becomes more and more frequent. I believe the foundation must be laid down in the early years (K-2). There is a notion in education that from grades K-2, children learn to read, and from grades 3 and up, they read to learn. As students reach the upper grades, teachers aren't spending time on phonics and word attack strategies. Their focus is on the content of the subject. A major downfall in education is that most schools adopt a "one size fits all" curriculum, but the problem is that there is NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL in education. This is where many students fall through the cracks, and 1:1 instruction is the absolute best practice for a child. Visit my website for more information about why your child is struggling and what you can do about it now: http://allisonnigro.wix.com/sostutoring
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