Current as of 11-4-2010
I am an Educator, Artist, and Community Builder. I balance my time within several types of organizations and thus have developed a unique set of varied skills in the fields of communication, education, and theology. I act with an improv theatre group that I co-founded, consult on the use of the Arts in classrooms, coordinate the Transformative Language Arts Network, research and publish on the use of language to shape experience, and study at a Divinity School in Rochester, NY. While I have a tenacious commitment to getting the job done, I also understand that the greatest resources at hand are often not my own skills, but the relationships and strong ties I build with colleagues and community partners. I like to think about myself as a a pragmatic idealist, so while I dream big, I also focus on the particulars of the possible.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Master of Divinity – Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY
Current Student with focus on Practical Theology and intersection of creative practice and spiritual formation.
Master of Arts in Teaching – Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education, Richmond, IN
Obtained Highly Qualified Indiana certification in Social Studies 6 – 12, with full licensure in all six concentrations: Economics, Geographical Perspectives, Government, Historical Perspectives, Psychology, and Religion and Sociology.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Interdepartmental Degree: Communicaition in Commercial Culture
Modern Languages and Culture Minor: Italian Language and Culture
Post-Baccalaureate Research – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Take-Five Scholars Research Grant focus: Buddhism’s Path to Japan
Including work with Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Yoga
Business Certificates – William E. Simon Graduate School, Rochester, NY
Dual certification in Personnel Management and Marketing
Additional Course Work – Monroe Community College, Damon Campus, Rochester, NY
Enrolled for one year to better meet prerequisite content knowledge in the fields of history, geography, and government, prior to beginning work on a Masters in Teaching degree.
Rochester Civic Engagement Program – Leadership Rochester, Inc. Rochester, NY
Participant: Attended a year-long series of charrettes in the city intended to develop a stronger sense of urban community through service learning and an academic approach to common civic issues.
Peacemaker Training Institute – The Fellowship of Reconciliation. Nyack, NY
Trainee: Participated in an intensive residential training program in nonviolence, justice issues, anti-oppression work, and planning for nonviolent organizing. Issues addressed included personal/political activism and advocacy; GLBTQ rights, and minority ally training.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Transformative Language Arts Network – National Non-Profit
Coordinator: Serve to provide main means of media communication, community outreach, marketing, and administration for the TLAN, an organization formed to support those who work with the transforming power of the written, spoken, and sung word.
Jewels of Quakerism Project – Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA.
Co-Teacher and Pastoral Care Giver: Served as the 2009 Young Adult Leadership Development staff for Quaker education, co-developing a multimedia research and production project to provide access to information about Quakerism.
McAuliffe Regional Charter School - Framingham, MA
Teacher: 8th grade Humanities teacher with focus on non-fiction writing skills and Global Medieval Cultures. Also a member of the school’s Leadership Team, and a designer of the block schedule model and thematic interdisciplinary curriculum in the Expeditionary Learning model of Outward Bound.
Richmond High School – Richmond Community Schools. Richmond, IN
Teacher: Worked a RHS school year with mentor teacher. I taught honors level and general economics classes as well as co-teaching AP U.S. History courses.
Villaggio del Lago del Bosco – Concordia Language Villages. Bemidji, MN
Credit Language Teacher: Developed curriculum and taught Italian in an accredited full-immersion language acquisition summer boarding school. Also served as a residential counselor to middle school campers during the latter part of each day and evening.
St. Mark’s Creativity Camp – Rochester Episcopal Diocese. Rochester, NY
Teaching Staff: Worked at a summer program focusing on the development of the creativity of youth from ages 11 – 17. Designed curriculum, reinstituted the Movement Arts and Dance program, and taught said material.
Charlotte-Whitney Arts Library – Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY
Library Assistant: Worked as the library’s main staff member for face-to-face interactions with public patrons. Helped local teachers augment lessons and select art materials for use in social studies and art classes for both primary and secondary schools.
Rochester Urban Fellows Program – Area Community Foundation. Rochester, NY
Fellowship assignment to St. Joseph’s Community Center: Worked as a center representative, forging new connections with local community-based agencies, and working with non-profits on a rental assistance grant for transitioning working poor.
WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
Theopoetics: Theory and Practice
Workshop leader and speaker on various aspects of theopoetic perspective and process. The field of theopoetics takes seriously the claim that the way we describe our experiences of God in the world can shape those experiences. Workshops and talks can emphasize a variety of topics including the origins of the field, theological implications of its practice, poetry therapy, and other practical exercises useful for application. Have served as a speaker and leader for several organizations and events, including Bethany Theological Seminary, Goddard College's Power of Words Conference, and various Quaker congregations.
Towards a Narrative Pedagogy: Using Narrative to Teach
Workshop for educators of all disciplines and levels, focusing on the use of story-based teaching as an effective structure for meaningful and effective learning experiences. Variations on this workshop have been offered to schools and organizations such as Earlham College Graduate School of Education, Expeditionary Learning, SUNY Geneseo, and the Sharing the Fire Conference for Northeastern Storytelling.
Quaker Speaking Engagements
Keynote speaker on topics related to Quakerism and Faith. Most frequently on spiritual practices, implications of theology, and faith and youth. Have served as speaker in both lecturer and preacher capacities, for numerous organizations and events, including local congregations, "Living as Friends, Listening Within," a Young Adult Conference, co-sponsored by multiple branches of Quakerism in Richmond, IN, the Farmington-Scipio Regional Gathering of the Religious Society of Friends, Goddard College's Power of Words Conference, and the Earlham School of Religion among others.
Performer with the improv comedy troupe, Search Engine Improv, a Rochester group committed to affordable, quality, performance, and making theatre education available to all.
Executive Board Member – League for the Advancement of New England, Boston, MA
Member of Board of Directors: Appointment to Board of Directors for the premier North East regional storytelling organization, with particular focus towards advancement and outreach. Currently serve as treasurer.
Sector 4 Community Development Corporation – Rochester, NY
Brooks Landing Project: Worked in conjunction with Maryanne McCabe and the University of Rochester to research effective outreach techniques for the engagement of undergraduate students at pending businesses in the 19th Ward neighborhood of Rochester.
Sunday School Teacher – Rochester Monthly Meeting (Quakers). Rochester, NY
Religious Education committee member: Served as a committee member working towards the development of curriculum, and as a teacher at the First Day School for youth and adult religious education.
Co-Founder and Member of Management – The Space: Venue for the Performing Arts - Rochester, NY
Managing Member: Helped to design and build the venue and currently serve as partial financial oversight and web developer.
"Theopoetics: Process and Perspectives" Christianity and Literature, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Summer 2009)
"Divine Exploration and Invitation" CrossCurrents. Forthcoming Spring 2010.
"Bird Shadows" Poem in Spirit Rising. Ed. Angelina Conti, et al. Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP). Forthcoming Spring 2010.
"Towards Damascus" Sermon in Spirit Rising. Ed. Angelina Conti, et al. Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP). Forthcoming Spring 2010.
"Pouring Out Our Lives" Spark, the periodical for New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Thematic issue on religious outreach. Nov. 2008
THEOPOETICS(dot)NET - http://theopoetics.net
Developer and Webmaster: Created the preeminent web-portal for information pertaining to theopoetics, postmodern thought, theology, poetry, narrative, and (re)imagining the Divine. Site includes access to produced videos, essays, interactive wiki-media, and discussion forums.
Jewels of Quakerism Project – http://doiop.com/jewelsofquakerism
Developer and Editor: Made use of Web 2.0 technologies to co-create an interactive course at Pendle Hill, at which voices from a the broader community could contribute, thereby opening up conversation beyond those physically present. Materials made publicly available to congregations for use in adult religious education.
The Center for Progressive Christianity | The Conference on Christianity and Literature | The American Academy of Religion | The National Association of Poetry Therapy | The International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture
Media Studies | Poetry | Storytelling | Theatre | Cooking | Contact Improvisation | Emergent Church | Non-Violence