has a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University and has
taught seventh grade social studies for the past twelve years at Pleasantville
Middle School in Pleasantville, New York. She is also the theater arts
coach, home base coordinator, speech and debate coach, and team leader.
She has published articles on educating young adolescents in the New York
State Middle School Journal, In Transition, as well as writing a quarterly
column, “Lea’s Lessons”.
When Lea is not in the classroom, she is
sharing her ideas with teachers in her school, state, and across the country.
Lea has been a presenter at the Nuts and Bolts Symposium on middle level
education in Boulder, Colorado for the last twelve years and has presented
at the national and state level at many conferences. Lea has presented
at both the pre-conferences and conference sessions at the 26th, 27th,
and 28th annual National Middle School Association conferences. She has
also given the keynote address at the 19th annual New York State Middle
School Conference in Lake Placid, New York in October 1999.
Lea has received the New York State English
Council Educator of Excellence award for integrating English and Social
Studies in the classroom. The Westchester Council for Social Studies awarded
Lea the “outstanding middle school classroom teacher” award
for 1996-1997. In September 1998, the Pleasantville Fund for Learning
awarded Lea a grant to create an interdisciplinary unit on the Civil War.
Readers’ Digest continued the project by awarding Lea a two-year
grant in September of 2000. Her fourth group of students completed the
culminating “Civil Living Museum” on May 19, 2002.
The Pleasantville School District recognized
Lea’s commitment to teaching by giving her the “Teacher of
the Year” award in April 2000. She has recently been re-elected
to the New York State Middle School Association Board of Directors and
was given an award by this organization for making “exemplary contributions
to middle level education.” Lea’s passion is to motivate young
adolescents to become lifelong learners as they face the challenges of
the 21st century.
- "Wake Up Advisory! The Heart of the Matter"
- "Creating a Tolerant, Cooperative Classroom: Helpful Hints
- "Whatever will we do for 90 minutes? Teaching in the Block"
- "Create Literate Environments in English and Social Studies"
- "A Place For All Students: Building a Differentiated Classroom"
- "Maximizing on the Power of the Brain: Fostering Active
Engagement in the Middle Level Classroom"
- "The Civil War Living Museum" (Interdisciplinary Instruction)
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