“Theresa is such a gifted educator and expert in journalism and media literacy. She spends an enormous amount of time and effort researching perspectives and sources, preparing detailed lessons plans, and identifying clever ways to explain the complexities and influences of news media.
“Theresa and I worked together in presenting a Media Literacy program for middle schoolers in the Montclair (NJ) Public Schools. I was impressed by Theresa’s exemplary writing skills, her in-depth understanding of trends in journalism, and her enthusiastic presentation of all this knowledge in a powerfully engaging, inspiring and logically organized manner.
“Skilled in differentiating lessons, Theresa knows how to teach complex subject matter to a range of ages, from elementary school students to adults. In fact, her presentation to the District’s curriculum director on the topic of Media Literacy was so compelling that Theresa was asked to ‘teach the teacher’ at an in-service for Montclair Public School educators.
“I love learning from Theresa. She’s got verve. She thinks critically and is organized. She’s incredibly intelligent. She’s a wealth of information because of her insatiable desire to learn and dig deep into the subject matter. And most of all, she’s passionate about Media Literacy, an incredibly important skill set for everyone, especially in this day and age, to espouse.”
From Michele Kinnas, a middle school ELA teacher in New Jersey:
“I had the pleasure of working with Theresa in my ELA classroom for the past five years. Theresa’s time in my class was on a volunteer basis and ranged from coaching narrative and essay writing pieces to teaching and reading the classic novel, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ by Harper Lee.
“For our writing unit, Theresa was invested in the students with which she worked—so much so, that she would come back for consecutive days to work with particular students to maintain the continuity, and/or to follow-up on the work that was done the day before. She worked on writing structure, content, and her strong sense of language allowed her to enhance the students’ understanding of many usage and mechanic rules for writing. For the reading unit, Theresa planned intricate notes to deeply teach students on the historical aspects of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ The students were captivated by her knowledge, not only on the text, but her personal connection to the Southern culture.
“Theresa is energetic, enthusiastic, warm, articulate, and has very strong interpersonal skills. Her passion for learning is contagious; therefore, she was able to connect with each and every student, both one-on-one and whole group. Her time in my classroom was invaluable, and I highly recommend Theresa to lead any learning environment.”