My professional career in teaching spans over a period of 45 years. After 12 years as an elementary and junior high teacher, I became an Elementary school principal for 16 years. Upon graduating with a Master’s degree as a reading specialist, I worked part-time as a diagnostician in the St. John’s Reading Clinic for 15 years. My professional career in higher education began as an adjunct instructor teaching graduate and undergraduate classes and then in 1999 I joined the ranks of the full-time faculty at St. John’s University as a member of the Graduate Literacy Program. I served as an assistant chair for several years before becoming the chair of Human Services & Counseling for 8 years. I have written 11 programs for my department and 1 for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Over the past 17 years, I have served on various university and college committees and I am a member of several organizations on campus. My interests are photography, painting, and gardening and sports.
My teaching expertise is in the field of diagnostics & developing effective instructional strategies designed to teach children and adults with learning different needs & disabilities. I have advanced training in multi-sensory language learning.
Developing techniques for teaching ELLs, children & adults with dyslexia & those with mild to severe learning disabilities. I am also interested in determining the effectiveness of long-term professional development on teacher self-efficacy.