Professional Knowledge

The purpose of professional knowledge is to ensure that teachers are proficient in their subject matter, to the extent that he or she is capable of communicating lofty concepts with ease and success. The primary goal of professional knowledge, is to ensure that teachers are imbued with content knowledge, as well as the skills needed to cultivate student learning and provide meaningful, relevant and engaging lessons. Facilitating higher order thinking, linking content to academic and authentic experiences, and communicating concepts with clarity and checking for student understanding, are some of the aforementioned skills. The central objective of Professional Knowledge is to evaluate whether or not teachers have the understanding and capability to successfully transmit knowledge to all students.

To illustrate my professional knowledge, I have included my Professional Teacher’s Assessment scores, my academic transcript, and the professional memberships I hold.

Higher Education

I pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and social studies. I graduated with my undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut in June 2012. My undergraduate education degree has afforded me an even deeper understanding of education and diversity in the classroom.
I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Teaching PreK-6 at Hollins University. The educational experiences I have had, including my experiences within classrooms, have provided me the skills and knowledge that I need to be a successful teacher.


Professional Teacher’s Assessment Scores

In order to ensure that teachers meet or exceed the standards set for teaching, the Virginia Department of Education requires that all licensure applicants pass four examinations. The Praxis II tests the applicant’s content area knowledge, while the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), determines whether the applicant is capable of effective communication and reading.
The scores I received provides evidence of my abilities as a teacher, in both my understanding of content knowledge, as well as my ability to communicate.

To view my PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II and RVE score, click here.

To view my VCLA score, click here.

Professional Memberships

Holding memberships in various educational associations, allows me to stay abreast of new techniques, research, and content specific news. Membership also ensures that I am invited to the professional trainings and conferences held for educators throughout the United States.
I am a member of the following educational associations:

Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA)
National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

To ensure that a teacher is effective, he or she needs to hold appropriate knowledge and skills, without which, student learning would be threatened. Using the knowledge and skills from various academic qualifications and experiences, allows teachers to communicate knowledge and employ techniques that lead to students’ higher order thinking, and content mastery.