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Master of Education, University of Virginia (1985)
B.S. Upper Elementary Education, University of Virginia (1984)

Recent Courses

Educational Teacher Preparation Assessment Seminar
Master'S Seminar: Inquiry In Teaching And Learning
Reflective Practice Seminar In Childhood Education
Student Teaching In Childhood Education: Pre-Certification
Student Teaching/Special Ed In Inclusive Settings- Dual Certification
Teaching And Learning Science- Childhood

Personal Statement

We learn by doing. As active participants engaged in worthwhile hands-on, minds-on experiences, we construct our own meaningful understandings. At all developmental levels, in order to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially, students need a safe, caring, and stimulating environment. Students benefit from working together in a respectful, kind, democratic learning community asking and answering questions and thinking critically to solve problems. It is my privilege and responsibility to nurture rapport and a relationship with each student so she can meet her fullest potential. I need to meet each student where he is and together we can build from there. I need to affirm students’ efforts, progress, and thought processes. It is my responsibility to help students better understand themselves and others and progress towards more sophisticated understandings and advanced skills. Students need to be effective thinkers and lifelong learners. I am committed to fueling a love of learning.

Research Interests

Science Inquiry

Grants/Sponsored Research

Professional Development Provider. Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grant. Partnership with Freeport Schools. Funded by NYS Race To The Top. ($786,591).

de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (February 2013- August 2014) Creative diagramming and embodied mathematics: Exploring Middle School students’ interaction with dynamic software. Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant. $3770.

Danielowich, R. & McCarthy, M.J. (February, 2012- August, 2013) Finding and Shaping Features of Video-Based Reflection Protocols that Support Student Teachers’ Instructional Decision-Making [continuing project]. Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant. $2100.

Feige, D. & McCarthy, M. (2011). The iPad Initiative. Submitted to Adelphi University Technology Grant Competition. (Funded: $2000).

Concannon-Gibney, T., McCarthy, M.J. & Kang, E. Fostering Reading Comprehension through Science in Middle and Upper Elementary Classrooms: A Pilot Professional Development Program. Adelphi Faculty Development Grant Competition (funded: $3500).

Tawfeeq, D., deFreitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (2008). Adelphi Summer Institute for Mathematics and Science Education. Grant submitted to the New York State Education Department. (Funded: $300,000). Responsibilities: Co-PI

Refereed Articles

Concannon-Gibney, T & McCarthy, M.J (2012), The Explicit Teaching of Reading Comprehension in Science Class: A Pilot Professional Development Program. Improving Schools, (15)1.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J (2013). Topological thinking in the middle school grades: Rethinking geometry as corporeal space. In American Education Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Danielowich, R. & McCarthy, M. J. (2013). Teacher educators as learners: How supervisors shape their pedagogies by creating and using classroom videos with their student teachers. In American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Orlando, Fl.

de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (2013). (Dis)orientation and spatial sense: Topological thinking in the middle grades. In Congress of European Research in Mathematics. Manavgat-Side, Antalya, Turkey.

Craven, J., Nevárez-La Torre, A., Manocchi-Verrino, C. Kang, E., McCarthy, M.J. & Hogan, T.M. (2011). Reading and Writing for Learning in Science: Practical Classroom Strategies to Engage Young Learners. In . Celebration of Teaching and Learning. New York, New York.

Hogan, T.M. & McCarthy, M.J. (2011). Problem representation in science: How experience matters. In The Fourth International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education.. Mumbai, India.

Concannon-Gibney, T., Kang, E. & McCarthy, MJ (2010). Fostering Reading Comprehension through Science in Middle and upper Elementary Classrooms: A Pilot Professional Development Program. In National Reading Conference. Fort Worth, Texas.

Honors and Accomplishments

Recipient of Adelphi University Adjunct Professor Teaching Excellence Award, 2007

Professional Activities

Member of Phi Delta Kappa International
National Science Teachers Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Community and Corporate Leadership

Chair, Board Member, Educator Starflower Experiences Interpretation and Environmental Education, Jericho, New York, 1992-present, part-time
Presenter “Save The Trashasaurus,” an interactive puppet show for 1st-03rd graders and “Here Comes The Water Patrol”, to help 3rd and 4th graders better understand the water cycle and encourage them to practice responsible behaviors.Guardian for “Earthkeepers,” a dynamic three day program to help 4th and 5th graders appreciate that all living things are connected and that individual actions make a difference
Currently serve as Chair and Member of Board.

Chair, Co-Chair, Member, University of Virginia Long Island Jefferson Scholarship Committee, 1990-present
Commit to select two Long Island high school candidates who best exemplify leadership, scholarship and citizenship

Member, Our Lady of Mercy Academy Middle State Planning Committee, Syosset, New York, Spring 2007- 2009