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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

Lynne possesses a rich combination of working knowledge from her time in the classroom and a keen ability to integrate instruction into the curriculum design process. Her evident dedication to the art of teaching and her clear commitment to fostering learning has been apparent as she’s guided us in its application and implementation. It is affirming and energizing to partner with someone whose care for students is at the root of her craft. Thank you, Lynne!

Kathleen Riley, Department Chair, Canisius High School, Buffalo NY

Lynne worked with me as I attempted to make my writing feedback more specific and helpful. As an English teacher, I have always struggled to provide valuable writing feedback in a timely, sustainable way. Thus, I met with Lynne, and we developed a plan for improvement. First, she helped me by guiding some initial research that I did related to best grading practices. We discussed the research, and we agreed that more specific, standards-based rubrics with student friendly language would provide better feedback for students. She helped guide me as I adapted the rubrics and created lessons to introduce the new rubrics to my students. After the new process was implemented, she helped me evaluate the new system. Together, we found that the new system provides feedback that is more valuable, specific, and easier to understand, and my students appreciate the work that I have undertaken to provide better feedback. Additionally, I have seen their writing greatly improve, and I look forward to starting my next year with these positive changes. Thank you, Lynne!

Peter Ferrari, Bellarmine College Prep, San José CA

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