August 2006 – Present: Secondary School Counselor, TOK Teacher
Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan (link)
Provide social and emotional counselling support for middle and high school students.
Oversee Student Counseling Case Management for grades 6-10.
Developed and implement innovative counseling curriculum entitled “Resiliency for Third Culture Kids (TCKs)” for all middle school students.
Lead parent workshops centered around parenting in a digital age in collaboration with technology learning facilitators.
Developed and lead body image workshops for all secondary boys as a mirror-component to our girls body image sessions.
Participate in the development and implementation of PSHE (wellness) curricula.
Work closely with form tutors to ensure effective pastoral care for all students.
2011-Present: Developed and chair the 360 feedback appraisal process for the school senior leadership team.
2008-Present: Founded and oversee the school skatepark and learn to skate program.
2007-Present: Teach Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for grades 11 and 12.
2007-Present: Advise High School Student Council
2007-Present: Established the Grade 10 Scuba Diving Field Studies trip first in Izu, now Okinawa.
2006-2011: CAS Programme Coordinator.
Current Professional Affiliations
American School Counselor Association
Certificate of Education Technology and Information Literacy Course Instructor – Buffalo State SUNY
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Kanto Plains International School Counselor Association
Project Adventure, Inc. – Certified Trainer focused on Adventure Based Counseling
PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver with Dry Suit and Digital Underwater Photography Specialities.
Recent Professional Development
Third International EFT Summit – July 12-14, 2012 – New York City
April 19-20th 2012: Beyond Laptops Technology Integration in International Education – Yokohama, Japan
April 12th, 2012: Kanto Plains International School Counselor Association Annual Meeting – Buffy vs. Bella: Raising Girls to Thrive in a Vampire World, Yokohama, Japan.
September, 2001- July, 2006: Senior Training Advisor and Consultant
Project Adventure Japan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (link)
Trained teachers in experiential curricula and adventure based counseling, programming, and advanced group facilitation skills.
Authored organization training resources and publications.
Presented at international adventure related conferences in Japan, Europe and North America.
September, 1999- August, 2001: Staff Trainer/Consultant
Project Adventure, Inc., Beverly, MA (link)
Delivered teacher professional development training in experiential learning, programming, and facilitation.
Presented at international, national and regional conferences.
Taught peacemaking (conflict management), multiculturalism, and leadership skills to middle, high school, and university students.
June 1994- September, 1999: Founding Program Director
Adam Kreiger Adventure Program, Hopkins School, New Haven, CT (link)
Managed all aspects of indoor and outdoor programming including outcome based design, staffing, and facility development.
Implemented experiential learning curricula within Hopkins School for grades 7-12.
Served as an adviser for students grade 10-12 and numerous student organizations.
Lead annual wilderness based programs to the American Southwest for high school students.
Served the greater New Haven area including corporations, Yale University, regional hospitals.
Participated in the Leadership Greater New Haven professional development program as offered by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce.
Awarded 40 under 40 Top Community Organizational Leadership Award.
April, 2012 Graduate Center for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, Edmonton Alberta, Canada (link)
Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology
Final Manuscript Title: Advocating for an Emotion-Focused Approach to Develop Resiliency in Third Culture Kids
May, 1994 The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio (link)
Bachelor of Fine Arts Major: Philosophy Phi Sigma Tau
Awarded departmental honors and received the John F. Miller Prize
Independent Study Thesis – “Experiencing a New Morality: Experiential Education and Ethics”
1996 – 1999: Advisory Board Member Elm City New School, New Haven, CT
Contributed to strategic planning
1994-1999: Sibling Committee Board Member Children’s Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, CT (link)
Developed the first Siblings Program for family members of any International Special Olympic World Games.