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52-B Central Avenue Butler, NJ 07405



Phone (973) 452-2311 Email:


To create a library program full of student activity, involvement, edification, and enrichment

To use my experience as a Librarian, Special Education Teacher and Technology Expert to best improve student learning, excitement, and commitment to scholastic achievement
CERTIFICATIONS: Library (K-12), English (K-12), Science (K-8), Special Education (K-12) & Elementary (K-5). Highly Qualified in Math (K-8), Biology (K-12), English (K-12), and School Library Media Specialist (K-12)


2012 New Jersey School Boards Association "School Leader Award" received for creating and implementing one of three most innovative educational programs. Recognized at Workshop 2012 in Atlantic City, and featured in NJ's School Leader Magazine 2012 Best Practice of the World Conference on Educational Media & Technology, from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), presented in Denver, Colorado 2011-2013 Elected President, Sussex County Library Media Association (on behalf of the American Library Association). As president, I also serve on the technology advisory group for the NJ Library Cooperative New Jersey Education Association "Innovation in Education," featured in the February 2012 NJEA Review for my middle school Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, and as a "Great Idea" on the homepage 2012 Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Annual Conference Presenter. Book Clubs to Raise NJ-ASK Math Scores 2012 New York State Association of Mathematics Teachers, Annual Conference Presenter, "Book Clubs that Raise Math Standardized Test Scores" 2011 NJ School Librarians Association, Annual Conference Presenter. School Library Programs for NJ-ASK Success In 2011, my school library aide Jane Vitone won with my nomination NJ Assn. of School Librarians Library Assistant of the Year 2010 ALA Student-To-Staff Award Recipient. Among national top 50 graduating librarians for sponsored mentorship 2010 NJ Library Association Convention Poster Presenter. Bringing Data Back from the Grave, with Rutgers Science Libraries My library programs have been featured in the NJASL School Librarians News, North Jersey Herald, and Advertiser News-North

CURRENT EXPERIENCE (2010-Present): Library Media Specialist, Glen Meadow Middle School

Accelerated Reader, Writers Workshop, Readers Workshop, Study Island, Star Reading, Tickets to Reading Rewards, Reading Pep Rally, and Summer Reading, as school-wide literacy initiatives in collaboration with the English Department Student Assistant and Student Tech Support Team apprenticeship programs for kids volunteering in the library, who learn organizational skills, responsibility, leadership, cataloging, Internet searching, website development, customer service, graphics design, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, video editing, computer systems maintenance, and numerous related software applications Math Book Clubs, held in collaboration with mathematics faculty involve fun events, guided readings, and continual student data analysis. Participating students NJ-ASK math scores increased from partial proficiency to proficiency by an average of 21% Our Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention mimics major Comic-Con, featuring costume contests, reading circles, movies, and invited guests such as a Random House Art Director, award-winning fantasy writers, and representatives from graphic arts colleges In the Animal Lovers Book Club, kids read books about animals and bring their pets to the schoolyard for the afternoon. Guests from animal shelters, wildlife refuges, animal scientists, veterinarians and zookeepers discuss careers and animal care with students In my Filmmakers Book Club, students research and learn special effects and movie production, using industry-grade software such as Adobe Production Premium, After Effects, Maya and Sony Vegas. Students learn movie editing, animation, lighting, and cinematography. Finished student productions air on public access television, and are submitted to film festivals and contests. For the Google Docs Novelists Program, in collaboration with Language Arts faculty, over a hundred students work in pairs across numerous classrooms, writing three pages each of an original novel. When finished, the roughly 200-page novel is combined into a cohesive text, authored by our students, and sold at bookstores, to parents, and online as both marketing lesson and school fundraiser


2012-2013 College & Career-Ready Book Clubs Vernon Education Foundation (VEF) Grant recipient, including my school library Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, Animal Lovers Book Club, Google Docs Student Novel Writing, and Math Book Clubs 2011-2012 School-Wide Literacy TV VEF Grant recipient to launch a student-run televised morning show with only DLP projectors and screens. Taught students to use green-screen to broadcast school-wide weather reports, news, and reading lessons 2011 Renaissance Learning Grant to receive free access and hosting of Star Reading comprehension software. Participated in their linking study that demonstrated a significant relationship between student performance on Star Reading and NJ-ASK test results Donation partnerships coordinated with Borders Books & Music (2010-11); Disney Store (2011-12); Williams-Sonoma (2012); Adobe Systems (2010-12); Autodesk Software (2012); and Pottery Barn (2012-2013)


Information Technology Director and Owner. DPE Consulting, LLC. 2001-2010. Managed technology for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Obama America, the Elizabeth Housing Authority, the Newark YMCA, and other organizations Rutgers University Libraries. 2009-10. Part-time. Assisted students and college faculty with research and multimedia instruction Technology & Special Education Teacher. The Gramon School. Fairfield, NJ. Taught technology for special education students, grades 7-12. Creating hands-on lesson plans, incorporating real-world applications Youth Development Mentor, Friends & Families United. Newark, N.J. 2005-2011. Volunteer for K-12 after-school programs Teacher, MEK School. Palisades Park, NJ. 1999-2000. Taught Math and English to grades 7-12


Annual Conference Attendee. World Conference for Educational Media & Technology (2012); NJ Math Teachers Assn. (2012); NY State Assn. of Math Teachers (2012); NY Comic-Con (2012) NJ School Board Assn. (2012); NJ School Librarians Assn. (2009-11); NJ Society of Childrens Writers (2007-10); Rutgers Council for Childrens Literature (2009); NY Technical Librarians (2009); Intl Thriller Writers (2008-11); San Diego Writers (2008); World Fantasy (2007); Nebula Awards (2007) Trained in Follett Destiny (2010); STEM (2012); Inspiration (2010); Study Island (2011); and Star Reading (2012) Served on districts Technology Curriculum (2012); Social Studies Curriculum (2012); and Web Design (2011) Committees


Power School; Destiny Library Manager; Follett OPAC Library Manager ; Accelerated Reader (and Enthusiastic Reader); Star Reading; Inspiration (taught turnkey in-service); Smart Notebook and Smart Boards; Study Island; Office 2010; Adobe Master Suite (taught students Photoshop; After Effects, Audition, Premier, Flash, and Dreamweaver); Visual Communicator (with green screens, video backgrounds, and school-wide broadcasting); Fuze Meeting (used for my AACE best practices broadcasting program); Skype (hosted Skypes with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Holocaust Survivor Jack Mandelbaum, author Adam Selzer, an active-duty U.S. Sergeant in Afghanistan, and others); Audacity; Glogster; Prezi; EduBlogs; Weebly; Digital Storytelling; Document Cameras; Go-to-Webinar; Go-toMeeting; WebEx; Movie Maker; Windows Server; Exchange; Cisco


MLIS with Standard N.J. School Librarian Certification. SC&I, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ. 2009-2010. Completed School Library Internships at Maplewood Middle School (2010) and Newarks Discovery Charter School (2010).

o Served on the Teachers Initiative for Multicultural Education, and as President of Student Technology Teachers Assn.
Teacher Certification Program. Graduate School of Education, NJCU. Jersey City, NJ. NPT-P1. July 2009. BA, English & Psychology (Biology Minor/30 Credits). Rutgers College. New Brunswick, NJ. Highest honors. 1999