As an educator, I believe all children can learn, one provided with a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment to learn. As a constructivist, my practice is influenced by Vygotsky and Piaget where i am able to implement my understanding of child and lifespan development.
I have been teaching for over 20 years from Primary to College level finally settling within Early Childhood/Child Development. After graduate school, I moved to Botswana, Africa to teach English, Economics and Calculus to 5th Form students preparing for their Cambridge Exams.
ASOMGYEE w. PAMOJA
Seasoned, international educator with diverse teaching and administrative experience within urban and higher educational settings, as well as with non-profits and human service agencies. Familiar with teaching methodologies, student-teacher supervision, learning styles, cultural development and collaborating with various constituents at the local, State, National and International level.
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
Masters in Science: Early Childhood Education 2001
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
Bachelors in Arts: Economics 1990
Richmond University-London, England SW 9
Student Exchange: Economics 1990
• Curriculum Development
• Community Partnership Program Development
• Program Evaluation
• Program & Event Planning
• Urban Farming & Permaculture techniques
• Coaching: U12-U18 soccer with refugee children from Africa & Southeast Asia
Houston Community College-Central
Department of Early Childhood Studies
Adjunct Faculty-Child Development January 2017-present
• Teaching courses within the Child Development degree program, CDEC 1391- Child, Family, School, Community Connections, and TECA 1303- Special Topics in Family Life and Relationships: Communicating and Working with Diverse Families, CDEC 2307-Maths & Science for Young Children.
• Assisting the Department in any capacity needed.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Child & Family Studies Department-Internship Internship Placement Coordinator September 2013-August 2016
• Established and maintained connections with various local community based organizations to provide internship opportunities for undergraduates who are enrolled within the departments Child & Family studies, Early Childhood and Family & Youth studies majors.
• Coordinated with site supervisors to ensure the most effective placement for our undergraduate student internship experience.
• Prove academic advising to undergraduate students assigned to my caseload within the Child & Family Studies department (minors and majors).
• Taught three practicum courses, each semester (spring, summer & fall) and a Freshman Gateway course, each fall.
• Established new and innovative practicum experiences this year for our 3 majors (YWCA/Girls, Inc. and Uncommon Schools-NJ).
• Conduct regular site visits to ensure quality experiences for students.
• Ensure regular and consistent communication with host sites and supervisors by building strong, lasting relationships with staff, supervisors and Directors.
• Provide a point of initial contact for transfer students and newly declared CFS majors;
• Worked in collaboration with the Undergraduate Director to evaluate the CFS program utilizing the criteria established by the Mid-States evaluation process.
• Worked with the Undergraduate Director to establish metrics and criteria for Student Course Outcomes within the CFS department.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Say Yes to Education-Site Director January 2009-August 2012
• Oversaw the day-to-day operation of the Say Yes to Education (SYTE) program, a major citywide school reform and social service program.
• Supervise the program coordinator, SCSD after school teaching staff, recruit, interview, hire and supervision of college student volunteers and work-study students;
• Conducted routine program evaluations.
• Provide outreach to families by collaborating with the school social workers and various committees on site.
• Developed DAP curriculum in collaboration with the program coordinator, the Student Leadership Team and reading specialists for school-year and summer enrichment program and teacher training for special education and general education teachers..
• Organized community collaborations with the public and private sector, to provide a forum for students to showcase their work and participate in their programming.
• Established a network of social service/human service providers and educational nonprofits to support students and their families under the auspices of SYTE.
• Fostered and continue to maintain strong relationships between students, parents, teachers and administrators.
• Established a school beautification project with students and parents were they could plant donated bulbs on school property.
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT 2002-2009
Assistant Professor-ECE Program Coordinator
• Coordinated all phases of the ECE program under the direction of the department Chair.
• Regularly taught in the CCC Early Childhood Lab School (once a week) to model/demonstrate best practices for ECE major students.
• Taught Early Childhood Education courses for degree and CDA candidates (CDA I & II).
• Counseled 120 students (out of 200) enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.
• Coordinated with established student teaching sites and identified and developed new locations to increase student teacher placement in the greater Hartford area.
• Assisted in the creation of a new brochure to market Early Childhood program to community agencies and local High Schools.
• Worked with the Chair to establish class selections each semester and problem-solve issues within the department.
Center City Churches, Inc. Hartford, CT 1998-2002
• Taught K-3 students in a pilot truancy prevention project at Betances School implemented in collaboration with the Children’s Trust Fund of Connecticut and the Junior League of Hartford.
• Developed, implemented and managed the Family Resource Center at Dr. Ramon E. Betances Elementary School, Hartford CT.
• Coordinated a collaborative spectrum of early childhood options for Betances School parents.
• Developed orientations and workshops for parents using Parent as Teacher Curriculum.
• Provided direct client services including child/parent assessment, home visitation program and case management services.
• Provided an after school creative arts program for Pre K and elementary school students in collaboration with local artists and art spaces.
Kagiso Senior Secondary School-Ramotswa, Botswana, Africa Summer/Fall 1996
• Prepared 4th and 5th Form students for their mid-year mock Cambridge examinations (Economics, English & Calculus).
• Implemented a PACT (Peer Approach to Counseling Teens) program to provide students a forum for discussion.
• Established international links with teachers, civil ministries and diplomats from various Southern African nations.
• Coached the basketball team to their first appearance in the Botswana School-boys National Basketball Tournament.
• Travelled to several Southern African nations.
Boyz to Men, Annie Fisher & Rawson Elementary School 1992-1994
• Initiated and taught in an innovative urban after-school and mentorship program for 7 to 11 year old “at-risk” boys.
• Encouraged positive self-esteem in newly emigrated West Indian students.
• Empowered children with effective studying skills, information and attitudes to be successful within the American educational system.
• Organized field trips for children to become familiar with various arts & cultural programs, museums, television and radio stations within the City of Hartford.
2009 - 2016
Community Folk Art Center-AAS Department, Syracuse University
Lead professional development training for all teaching artists placed by Community Folk Art Center in the SYTE program.
P.E.A.C.E Inc. Syracuse, NY
Conducted Say Yes to Education presentations and workshops for parents of young children citywide at various P.E.A.C.E., Inc. sites
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SERVCE
Falk College Research Department-Administrative Assistant Search Committee
Sports Management Department-Associate Professor Search Committee member
Child & Family Studies Awards Committee
CFS Department Experiential Learning Committee-Member
Community Folk Art Center-Caribbean Film Festival Committee-Member
Diversity Community- Capital Community College- Chair
Early Childhood Club- Advisor
The Minority Fellow selection committee – Capital Community College- Chair
Institutional Research Committee- Capital Community College- Member
Curriculum Assessment Committee- Capital Community College- Member
International Students Organization-Capital Community College-Advisor
Setnor School of Music Search Committee- Syracuse University- Member
The Importance of Developing Cultural Competence-Syracuse University, Literacy Corp volunteers 2009-2012
How to Build Raised Bed Gardens-University Neighborhood Preservation Association (UNPA) April 2013
African American Studies Fellows Forum, Syracuse University. Topic: Oppression & Pedagogy. May 2006.
The Hawaiian International Conference on Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii- Honolulu. Roots & Culture: The Music of Rebellion. January 2004.
The Association of Sociological Worldwide African Diaspora Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Roots & Culture: The Music of Rebellion. October 2003.
African American Studies Doctoral Fellow, Syracuse University 2005-2006
Graduate Assistant-SU School of Education Field Placement Supervisor 2004-2005
Graduate Fellow, Eastern Connecticut State University 1994-1996
Minority Teaching Fellow, Manchester Community Technical College 1997-1998
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Child Care Solutions Board Member-2004 -2006
Westcott Arts Cultural Coalition (WACC)-Board Member-2010-2016
Westcott Neighborhood Association-Board Member-2015-2016
The West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.-Lifetime Member
The West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.-Education Committee, Chair. 2001-2004
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO)-Recording Secretary 2003-2010
The Jamaica Diaspora Association-2003-2007
References Available Upon Request
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