In May of 2012, I obtained my M.A. in Secondary English Education, prior to that I earned a B.A. in Political Science, both from Quinnipiac University. Furthermore, I currently possess Connecticuts Initial Educator Certificate, endorsement code 015 (English, grades 7-12). My tenure as an educator thus far, in particular my full-time position at Danbury High, has allowed me direct interaction with diverse populations of students. This has helped to broaden my horizons, fostering skills both in and out of the classroom, and, furthermore, has helped me actualize my strengths as a teacher. I excel in formulating rapport with my students, consequently motivating them to strive for excellence within, and beyond, the classroom walls. As an individual with ADHD, I empathize with special needs students, and I have become particularly adept at designing curriculum, syllabi, and daily lessons that are meticulous in terms of differentiated instruction. Technology is a particularly useful modality in the modification of lessons for vast and varied needs of pupils. Being of a generation weaned on computers, I am technologically savvy. I frequently incorporate multimedia within my classroom; the result of which is creative lessons that excite and engage students. Inarguably, technology is one of my most powerful tools for conveying ELA content knowledge, but it is not the only one in my arsenal. My undergraduate studies in Political Science provided me with a strong civics background. This, when fused with my passion for the English language, allows me to cross the traditional subject borders. My myriad of content knowledge is an asset, for it aids me in the creation of unique interdisciplinary units. ID teaching, in todays society, is pragmatic because it prepares students for life after school; there, you cant leave one subject behind in order to work on another. Being a teacher is about getting students ready for the rest of their lives, and in the real world, everything is connected. Understanding this, I work tirelessly to ensure that each and every one of my students succeeds, and matures into the best person he or she can possibly be.