Curriculum Vitae

-- Adolescent & adult literacy
 

-- Adolescent relationship to school

-- Instructional technology 

Certified English teacher, grades 6-12

 

Certified English as a Second Language teacher, grades K-12
 

Google Certified Educator, Level 2

Certifications

Research Interests

 

( 01 )

Education

August 2017 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Literacy and Reading, Teaching and Teacher Education

College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University

Spring 2015 - December 2016

Master of Education
Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education English

College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University

September 2009 - May 2013

Bachelor of Arts
English

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
George Mason University

 

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Teaching

2015 - Present

English Teacher
Fairfax County Public Schools

Current position: Herndon High School, Herndon, Virginia

English 12, English 12 SOL focus, Literacy LAB 3

Past positions: WorkKeys Reading & Writing Prep (FCPS CRA), Advanced Composition, Literacy LAB 2, English 9 Honors, English 11 Honors, English 11, English 9, English 9 TT, English 11 TT 

June 2019 - Present

Graduate Lecturer

College of Education and Human Development
Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education

George Mason University

EDCI 370: Teaching YAL - (anticipated) Summer 2020

EDUC 200: Introduction to Teaching - Fall 2019

 

EDUC 300: Introduction to Teaching - Summer 2019

August 2018 - June 2019

Internship in Education
Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

EDCI 570: Teaching Young Adult Literature in Multicultural Settings, Dr. Kristien Zenkov - Summer 2019

 

EDCI 669: Advanced Methods for Teaching English in Secondary Schools, Dr. Arvinder Johri - Spring 2019
 

EDCI 569: Methods for Teaching English in Secondary Schools, Dr. Kristien Zenkov - Fall 2018

May 2018 - July 2018

Teaching Assistant

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

EDCI 570 Teaching Young Adult Literature in Multicultural Settings, Dr. Kristien Zenkov.

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Academic Work 

August 2017 - present

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Graduate School of Education
George Mason University

2019-2020: Dr. Kristien Zenkov

2018-2019: Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Dr. Amy Hutchison

2017-2018: Dr. Kristien Zenkov

August 2018 - present

Editor, Editorial Assistant, Reviewer

School-University Partnerships 

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)

November 2018 - November 2019

Assistant to Dr. Seth Parsons, Conference Chair
Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) 2019 conference in Corpus Christi, TX

July 2019 - September 2019

Research Assistant

Special Education Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

Project funded by GMU's College of Education and Human Development Innovation Grant to create professional development focused on teaching students with disabilities for preservice teachers. Supervised by Dr. Sarah Nagro

June 2018 - July 2018

Research Assistant

Secondary Education Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

SEED program project funded by GMU's College of Education and Human Development Innovation Grant.

Supervised by Dr. Kristien Zenkov

March 2018 - November 2018

Literacy Liaison 

Literacy and Reading Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

Produced and edited digital and traditional marketing material for GMU's Literacy & Reading program 

Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Hathaway

 

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Presentations & Professional Development

November 2019

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

2019 Annual Conference

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

New English Teachers’ Notions of “Injustice”: A Critical Approach to Educating for Equity
Presentation, Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Michelle Lague

November 2019

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

2019 Annual Conference

Tampa, Florida, USA

Preservice and Early Career Teachers’ Notions of “Justice”: A Critical, Developmental Approach to Educating for Equity
Presentation, Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Michelle Lague

November 2018

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

2018 Annual Conference

Indian Wells, California, USA

November 2018

Data collector for "Courageous Conversations"
facilitated by Dr. Meagan Call-Cummings 
with George Mason University and Prince William County Public Schools

 

June 2018 - July 2018

Curriculum Writer

English as a Second Language (ESOL) Curriculum Development Cohort

Fairfax County Public Schools

August 2017 - June 2018

Curriculum Writer

Disruptive Pedagogy Blended Learning Curriculum Development Cohort

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Publications

 

co-authorship

Zenkov, K. & Pytash, K., & Lague, M. (under review). A solution to teacher educators’ existential crisis? Critical, project-based clinical experiences. Journal of Teacher Education.

chapter contributor

Zenkov, K., & Pytash, K. E. (2018). Critical, Project-Based Clinical Experiences: Their Origins and Their Elements. In Clinical Experiences in Teacher Preparation. Routledge.

editor

Zenkov, K. & Pytash, K. (essay proposal accepted for review; manuscript in review). A solution to teacher educators’ existential crisis? Critical, project-based clinical experiences. Harvard Education Review.

Zenkov, K., & Pytash, K. E. (2018). Critical, Project-Based Clinical Experiences: Their Origins and Their Elements. In Clinical Experiences in Teacher Preparation. Routledge.