Zena's Thoughts - Professional Development

GAVS, PD, Professional Development



2011   Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia

Specialist, Teaching and Learning

2009   Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

Masters of Education, Special Education, Reading Endorsement

1979   University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education

Minor in Gifted Education and Learning Disabilities



Early Childhood Education (P-5)

Earth/Space Science (6-12)

ESOL Endorsement

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6-12)

Gifted In-Field

Reading Endorsement

Middle Grades (4-8) – Math, Science, Social Science

 Science (6-12)

 Online Education In-Field

 Special Education General Curriculum (P-12) Consultative

 Special Education Learning Disabilities (P-12) Consultative

 Special Education Language Arts Cognitive Level (P-5, 4-8)

 Special Education Math Cognitive Level (P-5, 4-8)

 Special Education Reading Cognitive Level (P-5)

 Special Education Science Cognitive Level (P-5, 4-8, 6-12)

 Special Education Social Science Cognitive Level (P-5, 4-8)


Recent Teaching Experience:

August 2010 –present Forsyth Virtual -Formerly iAchieve Academy

Online teacher and course developer

Sixth grade Earth Science 2010 – 2015

HS Earth Systems 1n 2011-12 school year as online teacher and course developer to present

Taught Adolescent Life Skills in 2011- 2012 school year

January 2007 – present   South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia

General Education Science Teacher, Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science

Interrelated Special Education Teacher, Grades 9-12

Manage IEP conferences and caseload

Resource teacher

Biology, Physical Science, Earth Systems, Environmental Science,

Basic Math, Read 180, Study Skills, DISCOVER

Co-teacher Biology, Physical Science, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, Math III

Hospital Homebound Instructor

August 2006 – December 2006   Big Creek Elementary School, Cumming, Georgia

Long term substitute opening EBD classroom

August 2005 – May 2006   Cornerstone School, Cumming, Georgia

Teacher, Second Grade

August 2003 – July 2005    Head Start, Georgia Pre-K

Lead teacher ESOL preschool program

Feb 1982- March 2001

Home daycare provider, School volunteer


October 2016 – present

SAGES curriculum writer

Environmental based curriculum for the Georgia science standards

June 2016 – present

Developing Environmental Textbook for Forsyth County Schools

June 2013 – May 2014

Chair NSTA Special Needs Advisory Panel

August 2012 – present

Teacher advisory board for PBS Earth Sciences

November 2011

Member of State Advisory Panel for Next Generation Science Standards

June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2015

Appointment to NSTA Special Needs Advisory Panel


Professional Development:

SIM Potential Developers Training

SIM Strategies

Overview and SLANT, Word Identification, LINCS Vocabulary Strategy, Fundamentals in Sentence Writing, Proficiency in Sentence Writing, Paragraph Writing, Fundamentals in Theme Writing, Math Strategies, Assignment Completion, Self-Questioning, Possible Selves, Self-Advocacy, First Letter Mnemonics, Test Taking, Inference, Listening and Note Taking

     Assistive Technology Local School Support since start of program in 2009 – 2015

Content Literacy Instruction: Grade 6-12 Teaching Reading and Writing across content

Language! Training

CyberSmart Workshop

Nettrekker Workshop

APEX Training

Pittcon Science Workshop Weekends

Teacher Quality Grant for Earth Science Workshop – July 2011

Aspiring ITS 2014-15 class

Captain Planet Foundation workshop – July 2016

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