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VALERIE MEHLIG CURRY
Lawrenceville, GA 30043 U.S.A. | 770-653-0054 |
New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ) M.A.T. program: Elementary Education Teaching (12 credits, 2006). Earned: New Jersey Permanent Teaching Certificate in English (K-12)
Drew University Graduate Theological School (Madison, NJ) M.T.S. program: Theology, Counseling, and the Arts (38 credits, 2004)
Brown University (Providence, RI) B.A. Theater Arts 1978. Concentration: Acting, Directing (Don Wilmeth, Faculty Advisor). Minor: English Literature
O’Neill Memorial Theater Center (Waterford, CT), Spring Semester 1976. Student Director of Spring Tour on colleges campuses and at Manhattan Theater Club (Michael Posnick, Director)
Darien High School (Darien, CT) College preparatory diploma 1973 Graduated: One term early; toured in Story Tree Theater. Awarded: CT Counselor’s Junior Year Outstanding Girl in Community Service.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Graduate Stafford Scholarship, Drew University (full-tuition) 1996-2003
First Presbyterian & Trinity Church Session, Worship Committee Chair (S. Orange, NJ), 1994-1996
Society for Technical Communications (STC), Regional Awards of Distinction 1993: “Introduction to Self-Directed Teams” and “Policy Deployment” (AT&T Publisher)
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) grant recipient, Arts Newspaper Editor, 1980
National Endowment on the Arts (NEA) grants recipient, Arts Newspaper Editor, 1979-1980
Theater Communications Group (TCG) Award at Kennedy Center: Best National Children’s Theater, 1976
Undergraduate Scholarship, Brown University (full-tuition), 1973-1978
Performance Scholarship (full-tuition) Darien Summer Musical Theater Workshop, 1966-1970
Executive Director: Educational Services Consultant, Ms. Curry’s Neighborhood, 2017-present
1st Grade Classroom Teacher: Academy of Scholars, 2016-2017
8th Grade English Classroom Teacher; Long-Term/Daily Sub.; Special Education Paraprofessional, Gwinnett County Public Schools. 2007-2008, 2012-2016
3rd-5th Grade Teacher, Emmaus House Camp, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Summers 2013-2014
4th-5th Grade Classroom Teacher, 6th-8th Grades Stellar/Building Sub: Fulton County Charter Schools, 2008-2012
6th-8th Grade English Classroom Teacher Summer 2008 College Prep Summer Academy; Duluth, GA
7th-8th Grade Reading Classroom Teacher, Special Education Paraprofessional, 2004-2007
Online Training Developer, EL Education, Inc., 2012
Pearson Education Publishing, DRA Online Help Developer, 2003-2004
Online Training Developer and Manager, ADP, 1994-1995, 2002-2003
Technical Trainer/Writer, and Project Manager, Bellcore/Telcordia Technologies, 1996-2001
Technical Writer and Project Manager, AT&T, 1986-1995
Sales Representative of Computer Services, Software and Hardware, CSC & CPT, 1982-1985
Background Actor, ATL: Stand-In and Extra, 2016-present
Dinner Theater Actor, NJ: Club Benet, 1981
Background Actor, RI & NYC: Stand-In and Extra, 1978-1981
Stage Actor and Playwright, RI: See It Now Ensemble's touring musical historical dramas, 1978-1980
Stage Actor and Teaching Artist, New England & D.C.: Looking Glass Children’s Theater tours, 1976-1977
Stage Actor, CT: Rowayton Players, 1971
TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS: PAPERS, ARTICLES, MANUALS, AND ONLINE TRAINING SYSTEMS Expeditionary Learning Online Core Curriculum: Primary Grades Content; New York, New York, 2012
DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) Online Help System for Primary Grade Teachers, 2003-2004
Bellcore/Telcordia/Geoworks: Technical Manuals for Administrators and White Papers: “Introduction to Self-Directed Teams” and “Policy Deployment, 1992-2000
“Blended Learning: The Future of Online Training,” AT&T Bell Labs Technical Report; Holmdel, NJ, 1991
Object-Oriented Programming (Robert Lake, Co-Editor), Prentice Hall; Clifton, NJ, 1990
ISDN (Integrated Systems Digital Network) Technical Manuals for Administrators, 1989-1990
OPEN LOOK: UNIX Graphical User Interface Product Description (Bill Joy, Co-Writer), AT&T Corporate Headquarters/Sun Microsystems; Morristown, NJ, 1988
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION: PRINT AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM
“On Equity and Excellence: ‘Tracking’ in our Local Schools,” Maplewood, NJ, 2004
Arts & Entertainment and Education Reporter, NBC (arts programming); PBS (Guest Journalist w/Hasbro Toys CEO); Providence, RI, 1978-1980
Editor/Publisher (national bi-monthly newspaper); Providence, RI, 1978-1981
Weekly Theater Columnist, The NewPaper; Providence, RI, 1978-1980
FICTION: PUBLICATIONS, READINGS, AND PRODUCTIONS
Three-Act Play, Reading of a Contemporary Drama: A Christmas Wedding, 1999
Poem: “The Donne Poem” (from Holding Five Queens and Other Glorious Mysteries), 1990
Poems: “Of Angels and a Newark Divorce,” “Liquid Sunshine, 1989
One-Act Play, Reading from a Contemporary Drama: Neighborhood Disturbances, 1988
Touring Black-History Musical Drama (co-writer): The Bannisters, 1979-1980
Touring Women’s-History Musical Drama (co-writer): One Cloth, Many Threads, 1978-1980
Poem: “a new address and how it feels,” 1978
English (native language)
French (speak fluent conversational level; read/write with proficiency)
SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND YOUNG ADULTS
Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise for Homeless Families (The Episcopal Church, 1989-present)
Peacemakers: Retreat-Leader, Demonstrator (Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches, 2002-2008)
Arts & S.T.E.A.M.: Educator, Promoter (in newspapers, schools, and homes; 1977-present)
Racial Reconciliation (at college, in churches and homes; 1973-present)
Professional Association of Georgia Educators (2007-Present)
National Association of Teachers of English (2006-2014)
National Association of Special Education Teachers (2014-2016)
National Federation of Teachers Union (2004-2006)
National Society of Technical Communications (1988-2004)
National Association of Women Business Owners (1990-1992)
Dramatists Guild (1988-1998)
Brown University Alumni Association (1980-Present)
"Ms. Curry brings a holistic approach to tutoring. She sets joint goals with us (parent/child) while incorporating my daughter’s lesson plan in school. Each week, she goes through her school work to identify areas of deficient knowledge and skills, and helps her improve on those areas. She closely monitors her grades and teaches her tips and tricks of key study skills, as well as how and when to advocate for herself with her teachers.
Ms. Curry is very flexible and works with our schedule. She has a true passion for ensuring my daughter is successful in her academics and joyful in her approach to learning. She will do a great job of keeping your child engaged!"
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My clients are my neighbors in every sense. Their satisfaction and growth define my work. In the marketplace of tutors, I provide a unique niche: 24/7 availability, customized mini-lessons, and systemic analysis of learning issues and progress. Contact me today to discover how my work can resolve your education concern.
College Application Guidance
Begun as a service to my own loved ones, my coaching will demystify the application process. Whether you need support to find the right colleges for you, help creating a successful application, or essay writing guidance, my two decades of experience can be your ticket to the educational institution of your choice.
My clients are varied and always unique. Services include, but are not limited to: WORKSHOPS to teachers on effectively teaching writing; COACHING teachers on creating productive classroom environments; ADVISING PARENTS on structuring their home to create an improved learning environment. Having worked with the best Organization Effectiveness professionals in the country, I utilize Best Practices of individual, school-based, and home-based learning.
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