Since I graduated from TPP, I applied to and learned about various schools and teaching positions. I also completed the edTPA during this time. For the 2017-2018 academic year, I will be doing my first year of teaching at MESA Charter High School in Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY). In the past month, I taught a couple weeks in their summer program and am now deep into their 2-week "Summer Institute" (teacher orientation).
After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in Psychology and a certificate from Teacher Preparation, Cory taught 6th grade Math & Science and 8th grade Honors Algebra at Goetz Middle School in Jackson, NJ. She also volunteered as coach for the middle school field hockey team.
After graduation, I worked at a nonprofit in NYC through Project 55 and then was a nanny for a year. After moving to Philadelphia, I taught at a KIPP elementary school for two years and then began teaching at Greene Street Friends School, a small independent Quaker school in Philadelphia. I taught 5th grade for a year and then switched to 2nd grade. I am in currently in my second year of teaching 2nd grade, and I am the "cluster coordinator" for the 1st and 2nd grade teaching clusters or teams. Last summer I earned my reading specialist degree (M.S.Ed.) through St. Joseph's University.
I have been a social studies teacher in the Princeton Public Schools since 2001. For the last 6 years, I have been teaching 8th grade Civics at John Witherspoon Middle School. At nights, I attended law school and recieved a J.D. from Temple Univeristy in 2011. Rather than pursue a more lucrative career in law, I realized my passion was in the classroom, so I decided to stay in the profession. For years, I coached many different sports and held various leadership posts within the district, even ran once for public office in the state of Pennsylvania.
I got hired as a high school math teacher in the spring of my senior year at Princeton (1981), and I've been teaching math and computer science in independent schools since then. My first teaching job was at the Gilman School in Baltimore for 14 years, where I also coached baseball and basketball. In 1990-91, I spent a "sabbatical" year teaching at the Iolani School in Honolulu. Since 1995, I've been teaching (and living) at St. George's School in Newport, RI, a 9-12 Boarding School.
After finishing TPP and getting my teaching certificate, I moved down to DC. I spent the winter there nannying, tutoring in History and English with Varsity Tutors, and volunteering with Reading Partners, while applying for teaching jobs. I accepted a position as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College (all boys boarding school in Windsor, England) in the spring of 2016. At Eton, I am teaching English, Drama, and American Culture to boys aged 13-18. I also serve as a soccer and basketball coach, theater director, tutorial advisor, and dormitory house assistant.
Since graduating from Teacher Prep, I have been teaching math for one year at Princeton Academy and two years at Cristo Rey Sacramento, California. I am currently teaching Geometry Honors, Algebra 2, and Algebra 2 Honors at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento. 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. It is a private, Catholic school for low-income students (they pay for their tuition by going to work at an internship one day a week). It feels great to be teaching math, especially the content I'm teaching.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 42-year career as a French teacher and non-profit administrator and like to think I did a little bit to improve American students’ understanding of the world, running semester- and year-long study programs in Europe and Asia. I started with two study centers, logged thousands of miles creating five more, and ended up with four centers that continue to flourish. (If your children are young enough, or your grandchildren old enough, have them google “School Year Abroad, Inc.”)
After TPP, I took some time off to focus on my two sons, currently four and two. During that time I did some consulting for Shmoop University, a web-based educational company. I wrote for them an AP environmental science textbook and practice tests.
I've taught English, and particularly the "Poetry Workshop" classes, at Stuyvesant High School, a Title 1 Magnet school in New York City, since 2001.
In 2012, I received my PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on Shakespeare and poetics. In 2013, I created and taught two week-long workshops for teachers: "Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool," a summer P-Credit course at Poets House, and "The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers," a summer institute for classroom teachers of creative writing.