Dr. SHARON  MISTRETTA
cottagetechnology@gmail.com

 


SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS


Creative Technology Teacher and IT Strategist specializing in iOS App Development. Adept at working with a diverse student population to create differentiated instruction within a student-centered learning environment. Experienced at seeking out and working with faculty to create technology supported lesson plans. Well versed in managing the strategic planning of a school’s Information Technology needs.


EDUCATION

Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Baltimore, MD
Doctor of Education, Technology Integration in K-16 Education, May 2019


Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY
Masters of Arts in Computing in Education, May 2008

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
Bachelors of Arts in English Literature, 1979


Certificates:
 

NASA Endeavor -  STEM Teaching Certificate
Columbia University, Teachers College
Certificate in STEM Leadership  - December 2014

 

NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Certificate in iOS App Development - May 2014
 

Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, Center for Effective School
Practices Alternate Route Training, October 2010 to May 2011


 

RELATED  EXPERIENCE

NASA Endeavor - U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Rye, N.Y.

Instructor  - May 2016 to present - Coding, Robotics and 1:1 Devices

TA - September 2015 to April 2016 -  Exploring Mars, Physics for Real Beginners, Life in Space: NASA ISS and Astrobiology

  • Conduct online WebEx classes for teachers in the implementation of technology - K-12 classroom.

  • Implement ROBOTC - RobotVirtualWorlds to teach robotic coding techniques to teachers.

  • Develop online lesson plans for discussion board posting.

  • Review, provide feedback and grade graduate required elements as posted.

 

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Instructor  - July 2016 to present - STEM Academy

  • Utilizing RobotVirtualWorlds, instruct students, grades 7 - 16 in programming and robotics techniques.

  • Transition virtual code to physical VEX IQ Clawbot and Lego Mindstorm robots.

  • Instruct students in 3D printing - design, and production - using TinkerCad and MakerBot.

  • Incorporate student designed 3D  ".stl" files into a virtual robot world using RobotVirtualWorld Level Builder

  • Create team building opportunities for students to collaborate successfully.

  • Reinforce the integration of each of the STEM subject disciplines.

 

Immaculate Heart Academy, Township of Washington, N.J.
Technology Faculty, - September 2014 to June 2016

  • Utilize the “5E” Instructional Model and the Next Generation of Science Standards to assist my Programming, Web Design and Computer Applications students in constructing their understanding of technology concepts.

  • Create “flipped lessons” to promote active learning and provide my students with review opportunities and increased levels of understanding of lesson units.

  • Integrate authentic NASA data into assigned projects to inform students about real-world issues while teaching technology skills, analysis, and interpretation of data.

  • Introduce and foster the development of student problem-solving skills using the engineering design process. Students practice solving well-defined problems and increase competency in solving less structured design challenges.

  • Mentored student teams during the 2015 NJIT Science Olympiad including Bridge Building (5th place), Complex Machines and the “Wright Stuff” model airplane glider.

  • Moderate the IHA Robotics “Team Artemis” during the Google Moonbot International Competition.

  • Moderate the IHA Destination Imagination Competition - 2016 - Second and Third Place Teams.

 

 

Saint Joseph Regional High School, Montvale, N.J.

Technology Faculty - September 2013 to May 2014

  • Introduction to Programming and iOS App writing course began with lessons in Objective C to prepare my students with the tools necessary to understand the fundamentals of coding.  

  • Utilized Xcode IDE to teach best practices in logic and coding techniques.

  • iOS App writing built upon my students’ knowledge of object-oriented programming as projects were introduced to create Apps that utilized View Controllers imbedded in Navigation and Tab Bar Scenes.  Frameworks in the UIKit, Foundation, and CoreGraphics were introduced and implemented.

  • Aptana Studio 3 IDE was utilized to facilitate JavaScript and jQuery programming. 
     

Information Media Specialist - September 2011 to October 2013

  • Established and directed New Media Center from its inception in September 2011. Supervised all aspects of the installation and maintenance of thirty-eight computer Media Suite.

  • Established subscriptions and developed the New Media Center webpage on the SJR website that provides access to student webpages, online databases of eLibrary, eBrary, Visual Thesaurus, Replica Edition of the New York Times, Global Collections of worldwide libraries, Primary Sources Collection, Access to Online SJR Textbooks, Axis360 eBooks.

  • Supervised student-produced Voice Thread Podcast projects to support English, Theology and Spanish Courses.

  • Implemented Turn It In subscription and conducted student seminars to facilitate research and the correct use of MLA formatting for student assignments.

  • Implemented Geometers Sketchpad and Virtual Chemistry Lab software to support Math and Science curriculum.

  • Collaborated with faculty to integrate technology into lesson plans. Conducted faculty orientation programs to support teacher webpages and homework postings.

  • Maintained a community database of emails to facilitate distribution of school communications to parents and other stakeholders.

  • Created and implemented surveys to poll faculty, parents, and students for Middle States Accreditation.


Tenakill Middle School, Closter, N.J.

Technology Teacher & Technology Coordinator, Grades Fifth through Eighth, September 2010 to June 2011

  • Provided in-depth instruction to my fifth and sixth-grade students in Technology class including Microsoft Office, iMovie Podcasts, Alice object-oriented 3D programming environment, and Google SketchUp. Incorporated New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Technology into my lesson plans.

  • Carefully observed my students' learning styles and implemented Individual Education Plans in order to fully engage all of my students according to their abilities and potential.

  • Advised a daily, student-produced broadcast of morning announcements, news items and special features on a closed circuit cable TV network.

  • Implemented Rosetta Stone Software to deliver Spanish Instruction to 150 students.

  • Maintained thirty-five iMac Technology Lab, laptop carts and faculty classroom configurations.
     

Holy Family Catholic Academy, Norwood, N.J.
Technology Teacher, Grades Pre-K through Eighth, September 2008 to June 2010

  • Created and implemented student-centered curriculum units utilizing differentiated instruction. Incorporated SmartBoard Notebook files into daily lesson plans.

  • Taught fourth through eighth-grade students how to develop and maintain wikis to edit technology terms and to learn web design.

  • Developed and maintained Excel Workbook units utilizing authentic data obtained on the Internet to provide meaningful learning. Comparison Pricing using bar graphs,  Population Analysis using pie charts and Water Treatment Companies using line graphs provided my students with the opportunity to manipulate real-time data to construct knowledge.

  • Introduced and reinforced the MLA formatting of research papers.  Emphasized the features of Microsoft Word including sources, citations, bibliographies, and table of contents.
     

Reach the World Organization, A foundation that places teachers in the NYC Public School System  
Intern with Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY, 2006 – 2008

  • Created student-centered lesson plans which utilized software and internet-based technology with teachers in the New York City Public School System.

  • Developed an Excel-based lesson to learn about water quality using data from tests conducted by the Reach the World crew of the Makulu on four rivers in Africa. Students entered data compiled by the Makulu crew and graphed results.

  • Developed a Legacy Instructional Design Model for a student-centered Astronomy Unit.
     

BUSINESS  EXPERIENCE
United Jersey Bank, Ridgefield Park, NJ - Project Manager, 1984 – 1992
Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York, NY - Technical Officer, 1981 - 1984
Datamatics Consultants, Englewood Cliffs, NJ - Senior Programmer/Analyst, 1979 – 1981

 

TECHNOLOGY  SKILLS
iOS App Writing, Objective C, Xcode, Java, NetBeans, JavaScript, HTML5, Responsive Web Design, jQuery, Java, COBOL, Basic, Fortran, Microsoft Office Suite, iWork Suite, Google SketchUp CAD software, Blogs, Dreamweaver, Aptana Studio, Wikis, Web-quests, Endnote, Data Harvest Handhelds with Flash Logger sensors, Smart Board, Voice Thread, TinkerCad and MakerBot 3D Printing. Proficient in both Mac and Windows operating systems.

 

CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

2016 Outstanding Educator Award - North Jersey Media - The Record
ETS Praxis Recognition of Excellence in Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Elementary School Teacher in Grades K - 5 (823624)
Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Language Arts/Literacy in Grades 5-8 (824330)
2015 Top Thirty Finalist Team - Google MoonBot Competition

© 2015 by Sharon Mistretta