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Master’s of Science, Counseling Psychology, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA, GPA: 3.98
Bachelor’s of Arts, Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, GPA: 3.6


Connecticut K-12 School Counseling Certificate (068)
Pennsylvania K-12 School Counseling Certificate
Board Eligible NCC

Professional Experience:

After School Program Site Coordinator, Middle School of Plainville, Plainville, CT

March 2007 – Present

         Assist Program Coordinator in providing fun and enriching, federally-approved after school activities for students in grades 5-8 

         Serve as a liason between instructors, staff, parents, volunteers, and students

         Provide behavioral intervention strategies (including behavior plans) and de-escalation techniques for students, as necessary

         Register students for program sessions and maintain student database


ERC Building Substitute, Middle School of Plainville, Plainville, CT

March 2007 – Present

         Adhere to and carry out lesson plans for grades 6-8

         Manage classroom and discipline students, as necessary

         Assist guidance department with preparing for the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

         Proctor and administer Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

         Consult with team teachers regarding lessons, duties, and individual students


School Counseling Intern, Eisenhower Elementary, Upper St. Clair, PA

August 2006 – December 2006

         Interacted with students one-on-one regarding issues such as academic struggles, adjustment, anger, behavior, and social interaction

         Facilitated classroom guidance lessons on a regular basis

         Observed and reported on students’ in-class performance and behavior for gifted referrals and student support services referrals

         Aided in planning and preparing for school’s first annual Red Ribbon Week

         Consulted with teachers and parents about individual students’ needs

         Assisted supervisor with all other daily duties


School Counseling Intern, Upper St. Clair High School, Upper St. Clair, PA

February 2006 – November 2006

         Met with students on an individual basis to discuss issues such as academic struggles, future planning, problematic behavior, and social interaction

         Developed and ran a transition workshop for students with learning disabilities

         Co-facilitated a seminar for high school and middle school parents on social networking (MySpace), cyberbullying, and internet safety

         Proctored the ACT, AP examinations, the PSSA, the SAT, and the TerraNova

         Represented counseling department during visits with college representatives

         Collaborated with counselors, parents, and teachers to meet the needs of individual students through IEP meetings, S3 meetings, and informal meetings

         Assisted supervisor and other counselors with duties, as needed


Back Office Staff, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Pittsburgh, PA

September 2004 – August 2006

         Researched and assigned clients to financial representatives in CRC program

         Distributed mail and office correspondence

         Ordered and kept inventory of office supplies and company materials

         Served as Team Captain for company’s March of Dimes 2006 WalkAmerica team

         Assisted bookkeeper, receptionist, and other staff with their regular duties


Therapeutic Staff Support, Pressley Ridge Schools, Pittsburgh PA

February 2004 – September 2004

         Provided one-on-one interventions to ADHD, autistic, and mentally retarded children in their homes and/or


         Worked with supervisors to develop Individual Service Plans for each child

         Maintained daily case notes for each therapeutic session

         Received Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and First Aid training, as well as attended monthly training



Research Assistant, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA

June 2002 – January 2004

         Trained treatment programs nationwide on the Drug Evaluation Network System (DENS)

         Responsible for maintenance of trained sites, which include quality assurance monitoring and computer support

         Involved in developing, writing, and designing orientation and training materials, manuals, and software programs

         Aided Project Director with data analysis, data reporting, and grant preparation

         Employed by and worked with A. Thomas McLellan


Reader, Educational Consulting Services, Cherry Hill, NJ
December 2002 – December 2003

         Read and graded mathematics, science, and English sections of standardized tests from multiple school districts


Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
January 2002 – May 2002

         Proctored several questionnaires given to students participating in an ongoing roommate and personality study

         Assisted in data entry and analysis and in monitoring recruitment, scheduling, and payment of participants


Intern, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Philadelphia, PA

September 2001 – May 2002

         Administered questionnaires, consent forms, and vitals to patients in Phase III clinical trials for schizophrenia and depression

         Responsible for dispensing study medication and payment of participants

         Helped with transcribing of study documents

         Assisted in the preparation for an audit by a pharmaceutical company


Intern, Hire Solutions, Paoli, PA
June 2001 – August 2001


Student Supervisor, Office of Development, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

September 1998 – May 2001

Honors and Awards:

         Awarded a presentation on Substance Use relating to the anniversary of 9/11 at the College on Problems

of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Bal Harbor, FL, 2003

         Graduated cum laude, Villanova University, 2002

         Semi-finalist for Student Commencement Speaker, Villanova University, 2002

         St. Joan of Arc Medallion, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997 (Awarded for 350+ hours of volunteer service)

Association Memberships:

         Member of Chi Sigma Iota, inducted in 2005

         Member of Chancellors List, inducted in 2004

         Member of National Deans List, inducted in 2003
         Member of Psi Chi, inducted in 2001
         Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, inducted in 2000
         Sister of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, inducted in 1999

         Member of National Honors Society, inducted in 1997
         Member of the American School Counselors Association

         Member of Connecticut School Counseling Association

Skills and Interests:

         Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Front Page, Publisher, Paint, and Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, SPSS, eDiscover, internet search engines, and other online resources
         Excellent presentation skills
         Knowledgeable about HIPAA regulations, confidentiality issues, and research ethics

         Completed Red Cross Introduction to Disaster Services training program

         Completed Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services training program
         Enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family, charity walks, movies, and travel

References and Recommendations Available on Request