Resume

Celeste M. Sherry 17 Foxwood Road, West Nyack, NY  10994-2505Cell: (914) 954-5673                        Evening: (845) 727-7905               Email: CMSherry@optonline.net
OBJECTIVE:   To obtain a teaching position on the secondary level for English Literature and Dramatic Arts.TEACHING EXPERIENCE
September - December 2009   English and Drama Teacher, Woodlands High School                                                                            Greenburgh CSD #7; 475 W. Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, NY 10530¹       Taught 10th grade (regular, honors, and integrated co-taught students) NYS Regents-based curricula of American and World Literature, grammar, and SAT-prep vocabulary and writing skills ¹       Taught Drama Studies (Restoration – 21st century drama & theatre arts) to grades 9 through 12¹       Taught 7th and 8th grade ELA Reading/Language Labs¹       Anticipated installation of a SmartBoard in my classroom; using current technology (e.g., computer projector) to deliver varied and effective lessons, as well as student project presentations, to the class¹       Employed cooperative, student-based learning activities¹       Implemented effective classroom management techniques to ensure a positive classroom environment conducive to learning¹       Wrote assessments for homework assignments, quizzes and unit tests to establish quality of student learning; corrected assessments with constructive feedback for student comprehension and future success¹       Collaborated with Humanities Coördinator and high school English teachers in the planning and implementation of curriculum maps and assessments¹       Established and maintained positive avenues of communication with students and parents to ensure student success in the classroom¹       Collaborated with guidance counselors and administration on issues of student IEPs,  behavior, and other concerns impacting the student’s education¹       Participated in regular meetings of English/Special Ed/Reading Departmental Teams, as well as IST and parent – faculty meetings regarding individual students¹       Assisted the current Drama Club faculty moderator with school drama productions

September 2007 – June 2009    English Teacher, St. Catharine Academy Girls High School                                                     2250 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10469¹       Taught  9th and 10th grade NYS Regents-based curricula of American and World Literature, grammar, and SAT-prep vocabulary and writing skills ¹       Used the classroom SmartBoard to deliver varied and effective lessons, as well as student project presentations, to the class¹       Was active on Faculty Advisory Council that is forming the new St. Catharine Academy English Honor Society chapter of the National English Honor Society¹       2007-08 classes included 10th grade Skills students. One hundred percent (100%) of these students passed the 2009 NYS Regents English Examination¹       The school is an inner-city high school, and has an ethnically and culturally diverse student population (Hispanic: 47%; African-American: 26%; White: 22%; Asian: 4%; Other: 1%)

January 2010 – Present             Substitute Teacher in several Rockland County public school districts January – June 2007                 (Clarkstown, Nyack, South Orangetown & Pearl River)¹       Actively taught the lesson plans left by the regular course teacher¹       Fielded and answered student inquiries regarding lesson and content; if course subject was other than English Language Arts, I utilized classroom resources to assist students in finding needed information¹       Implemented effective classroom management skills to keep reluctant learners engaged in the activity and lesson¹       Maintained communication with course teacher in order to execute lesson plans and to give feedback on student behavior¹       Arrived early at assigned school in order to orient myself with school layout, find the teacher’s classroom, and prepare for the day’s teaching¹       Maintained communication with school administration as to individual school policy

NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY STATE TEACHER CERTIFICATIONS

¹       NYSED Certification in Secondary (7-12) English Language Arts (Initial) – February 2007 ¹       NYSED Certification in Secondary (7-12) English Language Arts (Professional) –Pending¹       NYSED Supplementary Certification in Theatre – September 2009 ¹       NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing: Teacher of English – July 2007¹       NJDOE Teacher of English Standard Certificate - Pending
EDUCATION
September 2004 – December 2006 (Class of 2007) St. Thomas Aquinas College, Graduate School of Education (NCATE Accredited), Sparkill, NYDate of Graduation: December 2006; MST degree with Distinction conferred May 2007Degree: Master of Science in Teaching, Adolescent Education (7-12); Discipline: English; GPA: 3.85My Classroom Portfolio was chosen as an Exemplar for the 2006 Classroom Management Course2003 – 2004 (Class of 2005)  SUNY Empire State College, New City & Saratoga Springs, NYGraduated May 2005 with a 3.96 GPA.   Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English
EDUCATIONAL AWARDS
Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, Awarded October 2005
FIELD EXPERIENCE
September – December 2006              Student Teaching Internship at Felix Festa Middle School                                                                    and Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack, NY¹       Taught 8E and 8R inclusive classes at FFMS. Collaborated with coöperating teacher, wrote and taught literature unit for Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.¹       Taught 11th grade Intensive and Regents inclusive classes, and 12th grade Writer’s Workshop and Writing To Be Published classes at CSHS. Collaborated with coöperating teacher, wrote and taught literature unit for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. September 2004 – June 2006                Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY ¹       English Tutor ¹       English Regents Review classes¹       Assisted with lessons in 9th grade Romeo and Juliet unit¹       Workshop on The Crucible for 11th grade English classes: dramatic readings from the script and then led classes in discussion about the play, concentrating on analysis into the characters’ emotional drive, conflicts, and their motivations.¹       Co-moderator of the school’s Drama Club (2001/2002 academic year).

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER SKILLS

Computer Literacy:           WebEIM, GradeQuick classroom management programs; Microsoft Office Suite;      QuickBooks;  Adobe PhotoShop; Internet, et. al.SmartBoard:                        Trained in SmartBoard 10 use and technology

CPR & First Aid:                Trained in American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid Program

 LOTE:                                 Familiarity with Spanish and American Sign Language 
OTHER EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
¹       Since January 2007  Court Reporting Associates, Inc., Carmel, NY·         Proofreader of legal deposition transcripts ¹       2001 – Aug. 2006    Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY·         Administrative Secretary to the President/Principal¹       1984 – 2001             Mt. Kisco Day Care Center, Inc., Mt. Kisco, NY·         Secretary / Bookkeeper / Office Manager   
OTHER RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE¹       Visit With Ben Franklin (Ongoing). Portrayals of Deborah Read Franklin in first-person presentations, educating the general public about the Franklins and life in the 18th century. www.visitwithbenfranklin.com ¹       Living History Education Foundation, Buchanan, NY (Ongoing). Co-teacher in graduate courses (via College of New Rochelle) on Living History In The Classroom, instructing elementary- and secondary-level teachers on how to bring colonial and 19th century life into their classrooms. ¹       Paramus Catholic High School, Paramus, NJ (various dates, 1998-2006). Workshops and lectures on aspects of Living History, public speaking and historic costume.¹       Other Ongoing Venues: I have studied and acted in theater, television and film for the past 25 years, concentrating on live community theater. Concurrently, as a Living History reenactor, I have worked with children in elementary and middle school programs in such activities as cooking, crafts, colonial games, 18th century theatre and songs, as well as teaching about aspects of colonial life.  
MEMBERSHIPS
¹       National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)¹       New York State English Council (NYSEC) - Lower Hudson Region Affiliate¹       Westchester Council of English Educators (WCEE)¹       New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE)¹       Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society¹       Board of Directors, Moonlight Theatre, New Rochelle NY¹       Theatre Development Fund (TDF)¹       Brigade of the American Revolution (historical reenactment organization)¹       4th Battalion New Jersey Volunteers (historical reenactment organization)¹       The American Company of Players (historical theatrical troupe)¹       In Good Companie (Baroque dance troupe) 

REFERENCES

¹       Upon Request