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Συνοδία (sunodia) is an ancient Greek word that describes a journey that one takes with companions.  My goal in working with educators is to foster growth and innovation in the areas of instructional practice and curriculum development by offering meaningful learning opportunities and sustained support during implementation.

 

About Me

A passion for supporting teachers as they grow

I am a veteran educator with over fifteen years of experience in both teaching and teacher leadership in K-12 schools.  I am committed to partnering with schools to support teachers in their professional growth. I believe that professional growth opportunities must be individualized and tailored to meet a school’s needs. To this end, I value working with school’s to provide meaningful learning opportunities for teachers and sustained support throughout the implementation process.

In my own teaching, my goal has always been to plan and deliver rigorous and engaging lessons. I have been able to lean on my strong foundations in backward curricular planning, differentiation, and cooperative learning to ensure that my curriculum and instruction are effective.

I am a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching awardee and spent the first 6 months of 2016 in the Netherlands conducting a research project. This award offered me the opportunity to think about professional growth in news ways.

I founded Sunodia Educational Consulting to share my passion for teaching with my fellow educators by providing creative, tailored, and patient professional development services.  I earned my teaching credential from Santa Clara University, my master’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and my bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Services Offered

I value opportunities to work collaboratively with school leadership to address the specific needs of the community.

 

Instructional Coaching

Strategic planning and support of new coaching programs. Additionally, individualized mentoring of teachers through a coaching cycle of reflection, goal setting, learning, and implementation.  Coaching can be done in-person or virtually.

Curricular Planning

Guide teachers in the development of curricular units using the backward design process.  Meet with groups of teachers at the team or department level to facilitate the curriculum writing process.

Technology Integration

Classroom centered technology training delivered in context to increase teachers confidence with and creative integration of technology.

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Testimonials

I was so fortunate to have Lynne’s assistance with a struggling section of an on-level history class. While the students were completing nightly assignments and generally engaged in class, they were not seeing results on assessments. Lynne helped me by assisting my re-assignment of seats so that partner work would be more rigorously completed. Even more, she suggested I reconsider my plan to do end-of-unit concept mapping in a way that would integrate concept-mapping periodically throughout the unit. Once I did these two things, nearly every single student saw improved performance on assessments, in turn, becoming more confident in themselves and even more engaged in class.

Dr. D. Sullivan, Department Chair Bellarmine College Prep, San José, CA

I have taken two technology workshops with Lynne (a few years apart). Each workshop was eye-opening! The first workshop introduced me to using technology in my classroom (I was very green!). The second workshop helped me step outside my comfort zone to increase my technology use. Lynne introduced tools that I was not familiar with. She gave us ideas on using the tools in each of our disciplines and offered us time to practice. She was available throughout the workshop to assist us when we had trouble. My favorite learning tools from the workshop are Wizer.me, GoFormative, and FlipGrid. I think they will help me better reach my students

Molly DePaiva, Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury CT

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