LoParrino's digital portfolio -- A Retired NYC DoE Educator of the Highest Caliber
(White Cottongrass, West Greenland by HenningThing)
Professional Experience

Professional Development                                                           

1.  Trainer of Teachers – Internal Consultant

  • Developed, delivered and modeled how to enhance the curriculum through comprehensive balanced literacy, graphic arts, and educational technology:
    • Trained K to 8th Grade teachers in a series of After School workshops in Computer Graphics based on self-taught usage of Print Shop Deluxe Computer Graphics Program.
    • Trained teachers in Comprehensive Balanced Literacy after attending monthly Community School District 11’s Communication Arts Meetings and Region 9’s Reading First Program.

2.  Teacher of students with learning difficulties -- Reading Specialist

  • Developed unique and individualized curriculum in reading, writing, listening, speaking and presenting:
    • Taught an overflow of 25 new admissions that were transferred from surrounding K to 5 schools in the English Language Arts and Social Studies content areas. Entire class passed and several students increased their former scores on the 2008 NYS ELA test.
    • Helped students to become avid readers by using web sites and resources to differentiate instruction and engage students in the ELA performance standards
    • Piloted a Creative Dramatics class using teen monologues and improvisation with general education and Honors students.

3.  Teacher of Actors -- Artistic Director

  • Founder and Director of The Happy Medium, a Children’s Theatre group.
    • Selected and directed musicals, secured grants, publicized events, and arranged tours.