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Doctor of Education, Leadership & Administration (EdD), 2018
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
School of Education
Dissertation: Organizational Mindfulness and Mindful Organizing of Highly Effective Schools: A Mixed-Methods Study of Department Leaders' Perspectives
Master of Arts, Curriculum & Supervision (MA), 2016
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Distinguished Masters Student, School of Education Award
National Board Certified Teacher, 2009
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, US
Fulbright-Hays Study-Special Project Abroad Scholar, 2009
US Department of Education, Washington, District of Columbia
Masters of Arts, English Education (MA), 1995
Steinhardt | Oxford Study Abroad Programs, '93, '95
New York University, New York, New York
PA Instructional II Certificate
Bachelor of Arts, Literature & Communication Arts (AB), 1985
Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
PA Instructional I Certificate
Instructional Technology Coach, Since 2015
Curriculum Facilitator, English Language Arts, Since 2003
Teacher of English & Communications, Since 1996
Bethel Park High School, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
National Math and Science Initiative Leadership Team, 2021
Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition Institutes, Participant, 2019, 2012
Google Certified Educator, Level 1, 2017-2019
1:1 Chromebook Integration Trainer, 2016
K12 STEAM Steering Committee, 2016
STEAM Innovations Studios / Remake Learning Grant Coordinator, 2015-17
Three Rivers Technology Council 2015 Conference In-house Co-Planner, 2015
District Instructional Systems Committee, 2015
Differentiated Supervision Planning Committee, Secretary, 2014
21st Century Learning Committee, Chair, 2011
Common Core Integration ELA & Reading Evaluation Committee.2012
Portfolio Committee, 1999
Teacher of English & Communications, 1991-1996
Grove City High School, Grove City, Pennsylvania
Outcomes-Based Education Committee
MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICE
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE), Associate Editor, 2019-present
English Language Arts Teacher Exchange, Coordinator, 2019-present
Remake Learning STEAM Bethel Park Grand Bid, Writer, 2015
Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society, 2014-present
National State Teacher of the Year - Pennsylvania Chapter, Apple Award Chair, TOY Regional Selection Chair, 2013-16
Quill & Scroll, Chapter Adviser, 2012-Present
Queer Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest Judge, 2007-2015, 2018
International Drama in Education Research Institute Conference, 2004
American Alliance for Theater and Education, Research Project Reviewer, 2003
Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange, 1999-2004
Carnegie Museum of Art Teacher Advisory Board, 2003-2010, 2015-17
American Federation of Teachers, 1996-Present
Ohio Drama Education Exchange, 1995-2003
Cooperating Teacher for Pre-Service Teachers (Carlow, Duquesne, Penn State, Point Park, Slippery Rock,
Westminster, U of Pittsburgh), 1994-Present
National Council of Teachers of English, 1984-Present
PRESENTATIONS & PROJECTS
"No More Fake Reading: Benefits of Social Annotation in a Hybrid High School English Class." Perusall Exchange. Perusall, Harvard U and Perusal Labs. Virtual conference, persusall.com/exchange. May 17-28, 2021,
"A Teacher's Flipped Classroom Transformation, Part 3." Podcast interview by Mandy Rice, Teach on a Mission, 6 May 2021. https://www.teachonamission.com/blog/a-teacher-s-flipped-classroom-transformation-part-3
English Language Arts Teacher Exchange (ELATE). Southwestern Pennsylvania School Districts, Founder-Coordinator, "Pause," Spring 2019; "Satisfice," Fall 2019
Vocabulary Workshop, William H. Sadlier, Inc., Consultant, 2019
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, Editorial Board, Associate Editor, since 2018-present.
"Coding Qualitative Data: Looking for Patterns, Finding a Story," Point Park University, Education Department, Ed.D in Leadership and Administration, "Boot Camp" Workshop, Spring 2019
National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Presentations: “'Readiness Is All': Access, Rigor and Differentiation in the AP English Classroom," 2018; "Sketchnoting as a Visual Thinking Technique for Efferent Listening, Aesthetic Reading and Literary Analysis, 2017;"Advocating for English Classrooms as Artful Spaces: Creative Writing, Illustration & Paper Circuits,"2016; "Seeing the Literary Light: Hacking Notebooks with Paper Circuits and LEDs to Illuminate Texts and Student Thinking,” 2015; “Reading August Wilson’s Stories Against Teenie Harris’ Photographic Landscape," 2014; "The Paperless Research Paper Using Online Tools," 2012, "Macbeth Unfriends Duncan: Students Creating an Online Social Network for the Scottish Play," 2010, "Mini-Documentaries to Motivate Student Research on Shakespeare," 2009; "My Space or Yours: Shifting Perspectives at the Nexus of Art Museum, Student Writing, and the Web," 2008; "My Experience Learning with Jimmy Britton and Nancy Martin in the NYU Oxford Study Abroad for English Education," Roundtable Discussion, 2007; "To Blog or Not To Blog," 2006; "In, Out, & In-Between: Art Museum and English Classroom," 2005; “Making a Scene with Shakespeare: Using Process Drama to Explore Significance,” 2004;"Whose Who? (stet): Multiracial Perspectives," 1999
International Writing Centers Association, Annual Conference, Presentation: "HS Writing Center Redux: Lessons Learned from R(e)volutions, 1990-2015," Pittsburgh, 2015
Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh, "Drowned, Burnt, Drunk: Romanticist Expression in the Poems of Mevlana Rumi," Lecture, 2015
"August Wilson: The Ground Upon Which I Stand Teaching Materials," American Masters Series, WQED, 2014
"Rumi: Inspiration and Invitation," Remarks delivered at Journey of Rumi, art exhibition by Muyesser Demir, Chatham U, Pittsburgh, May 11, 2011
National State Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania Teacher Forum, "Visual Thinking: The Art of Inquiry in Four Questions," Presentation, 2009
Alpha Alpha State Chapter Convention Delta Kappa Gamma, "Stories Told Together," Keynote, 2009
Carnegie Museum of Art, "A Grand Tour of Blogging," Presentation, 2008
Carnegie Museum of Art Educator's Workshop: "Exploring Life on Mars and on the Web: Student Blogs and Museum Visits," Workshop Presentation, 2008
Carnegie Museum of Art Workshop for West Liberty State College West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, "Student Blogs and Museum Visits," 2008
Three Rivers Technology Council Conference, "Weblog Literacy: Empowering Students with Online Forums of Writing, Research, and Presentation," Presentation, 2008
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey and Ponce, Puerto Rico, "Integración del Museo al Curriculo Académico: Un Ejercicio Interdisciplinario, los Medios y la Web," Keynotes, 2008
BOSSAC, "Teacher 2.0: Inspiring Learning with Blogs, Widgets, Podcasts, and Other Web 2.0 Applications," Presentation, 2007
BOSSAC, "The Utopia of Process Drama: Two Islands," Workshop Presentation, 2005
Michigan Drama Education Exchange, “‘Fore Score and Seven’: Addressing the Meaning of Lincoln at Gettysburg with Process Drama,” Workshop Presentation, 2005
Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange, Director, 2004 (Keynote: Christine Warner)
Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange,: “The Problems We All Live With: Art, Photography & Drama on Desegregation in the 1960s,” Workshop Presentation, 2004
Education Department, Grove City College, Guest Speaker, "Process Drama Structures for the ELA Classroom," 2004.
Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange, Director, “Something from Nothing: An Introduction to Dramatic Structures for the Classroom with ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Presentation, 2004 (Keynote: Carole Miller & Julianna Saxton)
Education Department, Grove City College, Guest Speaker, "Process Drama Structures for the ELA Classroom," 2003.
Michigan Drama Education Exchange, "“From Beans to Greens and Back Again: Using Process Drama with Kate and the Beanstalk (by Mary Pope Osborne)," 2002
Education Department, Grove City College, Guest Speaker, "Process Drama Structures for the ELA Classroom," 2002.
Ohio Drama Education Exchange, "Rime Drama,“There Was a Ship!: Reconstructing Story Aboard the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’” Workshop presentation, 2003
Education Department, Grove City College, Guest Speaker, "Process Drama Structures for the ELA Classroom," 2001.
University of Pittsburgh Teacher Education Network, “Classroom Drama: Practice in Process with ‘Romeo & Juliet,’” Workshop Presentation, 2000
Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange, Director 1999 (Keynote: Cecily O'Neill)
Organizational Mindfulness and Mindful Organizing in Effective High Schools: Department Leaders' Perceptions, By Charles E. Youngs, Dissertation, Proquest, 10936519. Principal Researcher, 2018
Prentice-Hall Literature, Pearson, Teacher Advisory Board Member, 2007-2015
Bethel Park Stylebook, Pearson, Compiler 2008
Vocabulary Accelerator, By Keith London, Defined Mind/Prentice-Hall, Editor, 2005
AWARDS & HONORS
Google Certified Educator, Level 1, 2017
Top of Class, Masters of Arts, Education, Point Park University, 2016
Allegheny Intermediate Unit ConnectED Champion of Change Award, 2015
STEAM Grant Executive Team ($20,000), 2015
Graphite Certified Educator, 2015
Extra Mile Award, Bethel Park School District, 2010
Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship, Ghana, 2009
State National State Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania Finalist, 2009
PB Works Wiki Certified Educator, 2009
Teacher of Excellence Nomination, 2008
Teacher of Excellence "Top 100" Honoree, 2005
School District Outstanding Teacher Award, 1999
School District Outanding Teacher Award, 1998
Grove City College Student Teacher of the Year, 1985
POPULAR PRESS COVERAGE
“Journalism honor society inducts Bethel Park High School students.” The Almanac. 7 June 2020.
"Bethel Park educators continue successful partnership with Honduras.” By Harry Funk. The Almanac. 25 Oct. 2017.
“Bethel Park students learn creative lighting with LED books.” By Harry Funk. The Almanac. 17 Nov. 2016.
"Bethel Park teacher advising for Carnegie International Exhibit.” By Shannon M. Nass. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 19 September 2013.
"Bethel Park students find Shakespeare in Cyberspace." By Shannon M. Nass. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 15 March 2012.
"Online Expressions: School Uses Blogging to Increase Writing Proficiency." By Carol Patton. EdTech. CDW-G. 2009. Also rpt. in 21st Century Classroom Reference Guide.
"Bethel Park Teachers Get Cultural Education on Journey to Ghana." By Daveen Rae Kurutz. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 27 Aug. 2009.
"Bethel Park Teachers Spend a Month in Ghana." By Maria Scuillo. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 20 Aug. 2009.
"Bethel Park Teachers to Share African Culture." The Almanac. 19 Aug. 2009.
"(PA) Department of Education Announces 2009 Teacher of the Year Finalists," PA Dept of Ed. 12 June 2008.
"School Coffee Shop Perks Poets." By Maria Sciullo. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 24 April 2008.
"Teacher corrects Bethel Park students' grammar ." By Lori Humphreys. The Almanac 14 Nov. 2007.
"Bethel Park teachers use blogs to better student writing." By Laura Pace. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7 June. 2007.
"Teacher enjoys cultural exchange in Turkey." The Almanac 23 Aug. 2006.
"Let's look for education solutions not scapegoats." Letter by Charles Youngs. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 24 Aug. 2003.
"Teacher breathes life into classics." By Mary Niederberger. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3 Feb. 1999.
"Colonial school days." Photo feature by Dave Grib. Observer-Reporter 16 Oct. 1998.
"Muster on the square." Photo feature by Barbara Potter. The Advertiser 29 Oct. 1997.
"Colonial days come to life." By Carolyn Fitzwilliam. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 28 Nov. 1996.
"History lesson." Photo by Joyce Mendelsohn. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 27 Nov. 1996.
"Colonial days." Photo feature by Vince Iampietro. The Advertiser 20 Nov. 1996.
"GC teacher studies English in England." Allied News 22 Nov. 1995.
"Grove City teachers get their students into the act." By Kim Curry. Allied News 11 May. 1994.
"Slice of time." Photo by Kim Curry. Allied News 13 Nov. 1991.