Brenda had experience in urban education, literacy instruction, ESL, co-teaching, and professional development. She has worked with middle and high school students; some of these students were refugees, others were immigrants or were born in the U.S. Brenda is enrolled in a doctoral program in transformational leadership where she is studying learning organizations and organizational development.
Brenda is interested in many different things. She follows several education blogs to keep up with news on school privatization, standardized assessment, and the use of value-added measures among other topics. She is fascinated by brain science and learning about what motivates us. Aside from education matters, Brenda loves Greyhounds (she has 2 former racers), mystery novels, Harry Potter, and Penn State football. She is also a fan of sci-fi movies, the TV show Firefly, and Downton Abbey.
Brenda entered as a pre-med major, but a dislike of science and a fascination with politics led to a change. Spanish was one of her favorite classes in high school; she studied hard to become as fluent as possible. Penn State also taught her how to be independent and self-confident.
Brenda dreamed of being a teacher; she returned to school in order to get a teaching certification. She was a student teacher in an urban high school where she learned a great deal about teaching and building relationships with students.
Brenda returned to Millersville to add a Spanish teaching certificate. She went to school part time while working during the day. Her classes were challenging, and conducted in Spanish.
Brenda was already teaching ESL, but needed to have the credential. She studied assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs), Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods for ELLs, and Linguistics.
Brenda earned a Masters in education, focusing on English as a Second Language. Her courses included reading for English Language Learners (ELLs), technology and instruction, Second Language Acquisition, and Writing for ELLs. The writing course was an intensive seminar from the National Writing Project.
Brenda is currently a doctoral candidate. Her courses have focused on ethical leadership, transformational learning, organizational development, and creativity, inquiry, and innovation. The program also included a yearlong series of courses on scholarly writing.
Brenda has taught English as a second language for 15 years. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Transformational Leadership. This experience has taught her a great deal about learning, leadership, and organizational management. Academic writing has enhanced her understanding of teaching and learning, leading to reflection on her practice as a teacher.
As part of her doctoral program, Brenda took courses in academic writing. These courses taught students how to analyze academic writing, utilize APA format, and synthesize their experiences in class and in life.
Brenda is a English as a Second Language teacher in an urban district. As part of her job, she offers consultative services for students who are placed in special classrooms outsider her district. To do so, she writes a bi-monthly newsletter of tips designed to improve instruction for English Language Learners.