LAURA McCARTHY

Laura.mccarthy@dc.gov۰860-922-7206

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

DC PUBLIC SCHOOL: SCHOOL-WITHIN-SCHOOL@ GODING, Washington, DC

Prek4-Kindergarten Looping Teacher              August, 2013- Ongoing

  • Teach a group of 20 students aged 4-5 years old
  • Implement Emergent Curriculum by planning thoughtful, developmentally appropriate,differentiated and engaging lessons based on student interest and need
  • Maintain an inviting and intellectually stimulating learning enviornment inspired by the Reggo-Emila approach to educaiton
  • Engage in professional development and teacher collaboration in order to uphold best practices in a Reggio-Emilia inspired Early Childhood classroom
  • Communicate and collaborate with the Student Support Team in order to effectively administer Behavior Intervention Plans for three students and Learning Support plans for two studnents

INSPIRED TEACHING DEMONSTRATION PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, Washington, DC

Preschool Teacher in Residence                         Summer, 2012- Present

  • Team taught alongside an experienced teacher as a Resident Teacher in three-year-old classroom with twenty two students
  • Co-planned and facilitated lessons in literacy, mathematics, and problem-solving, through both project-based and play-based learning
  • Fostered a nurturing and challenging classroom environment using inquiry-based, student-centered instruction, play-based learning, and relationship-based discipline
  • Used the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool to create and implement standards-based units in reading, writing, and math, including varied forms of assessments
  • Received teacher training and studied Early Childhood Pedagogy through coursework with Center for Inspired Teaching

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE FAMILIES, Washington, DC

Nanny                                                                   Fall, 2008- Summer 2012

  • Acted as primary caretaker for various children between the ages of four months and four years in a nanny share, fifty hours per week
  • Planned educational, developmentally appropriate activities and outings for children
  • Observed children’s developmental progress and shared reports with parents and developed strategies for children to excel

 PLANNED PARENTHOOD LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS, Central Massachusetts Branch, Worcester, MA

Intern                                                                   Fall, 2007- Spring 2008

  • Co-authored a fifty page continuity manual on how to establish and support a Massachusetts VOX group, a Planned Parenthood-sponsored campus activism and education group for reproductive rights
  • Designed and implemented an awareness campaign to publicize outreach events in the Worcester Community

 CAMP SUMMIT, Wurtsboro, NY

Counselor                                                        Summer, 2007

  • Acted in loco parentis for 6 girls aged 4-9 at an overnight camp for two months
  • Coached girls in creative thinking exercises and proctored daily athletic and team building activities

EDUCATION:

INSPIRED TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, Washington DC

DC Regular I Teaching Licensure, Early Childhood September 2012

GPA: 4.0

CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Women’s and Gender Studies, Spanish MinorGraduated Cum Laude May, 2008

GPA: 3.59

TANDEM ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL, Madrid Spain

Semester abroad, Spring 2007

GPA: 3.93

LANGUAGE

  • Fluent understanding of, and proficient speaking, reading, and writing Spanish

LEADERSHIP:

Clark University VOX                                         Clark University, Worcester, MA

Co-Director: Planned Parenthood Liaison              20072008

  • Acted as liaison between Clark University VOX group and Planned Parenthood of Worcester
  • Helped plan major campus events to educate peers, raising $2000 for charity

Clark University All Kings of Girls (AKOG)          Clark University, Worcester, MA

Mentor                                                                       2004-2005

  • Acted as a member of a team of mentors to thirty community girls ages 9-12 for four hours each Saturday
  • Planned and participated in educational and creative activities including Women’s History Day and a Voting Awareness event
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