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Early Childhood Literacy Strategies
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Influence of Family and Culture on Literacy
Structure of Language
Typical and Atypical Language Development
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M.A.T., C.A.G.S., M.ED.

Additional Professional Activities


n     Member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP) since 2005.

n     Member of the International Reading Association (IRA) since 2002.


To share effective research based reading strategies.

Education & Experience:

Nzingha O. Uhuru


2006 - 2008        GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY                   Fairfax, VA

Masters in Special and Bilingual Education

2002 - 2003       HOWARD UNIVERSITY                          Washington, DC

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading


1998 – 2000       HOWARD UNIVERSITY               Washington, DC  Master of Arts in Teaching


1992 – 1996       UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH               Pittsburgh, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies


Professional Experience


2012-Present   Peace Corps                                                      Haik, Ethiopia

Professional Development Volunteer

n  Assist primary, secondary, preparatory and parochial teachers in the preparation of Brain Based English Language unit plans, lesson plans and classroom environment

n  Create English language clubs for school age children

n  Develop English Language manuals for future volunteers

2011-2012         Community College of Allegheny County      Pittsburgh, PA


n  Courses: College Academic Strategies, College Reading 2, Advanced College Reading

n  Enhance reading skills and vocabulary development for college students.

n  Foster the development of effective study habits for college.

2010-2011         Emery Education Campus                           Washington, DC

S.T.E.M. Coordinator

n  Assist teachers in creating science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) integrated unit and lesson plans with strong literacy support.

n  Partner with various organizations such as NASA, The Anacostia Watershed, Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation.

n  Facilitate weekly professional development sessions, spearhead school-wide programs that included S.T.E.M. related subject matter, such as: assemblies, tours and the morning broadcast team as well as ordering equipment and managing the budget.

2005-2010         Emery Elementary School                             Washington, DC


n  Transitioned in 2005 to become the second grade teacher, in 2006 became the sixth grade teacher and in 2007 became the second grade teacher again.  Then began teaching third grade in 2008.  In each capacity, all subjects were taught.

n  Created standards based lesson plans using a hands-on approach to learning.

n  Differentiated instruction to focus on the needs of individual students.  Literacy was emphasized.

2003-2005    Emery Elementary School                                 Washington, DC

Reading Specialist

n  Serve as campus coach for Voyager Universal Literacy/Passport Reading Program, school wide Literacy Coach, Spelling Bee and RIF Coordinator.

n  Assess students utilizing Voyager as well as standardized testing.

n  Instruct small groups of struggling readers from k-3 using Voyager and individualized phonics lessons.


2005-2006         Howard University                                       Washington, DC

Adjunct Professor

n  Courses: Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques of Reading, Methods and Materials for Developmental and Corrective Reading, Foundations of Reading, Independent Studies course in Reading.

n  Responsible for introducing reading assessments and providing information regarding the reading process.

n  Monitor student progress via quizzes, tests, completed homework, papers and presentations.

2000-2003         Devereux Children’s Center                         Washington, DC


n  Design special education lesson plans for grades K through 4. 

n  Instruct and provide knowledge based on individual educational levels as prescribed by I.E.P.

n  Monitor and document student’s individualized treatment and behavior management plans daily, monthly and yearly.



n  Secondary Social Studies and Reading


n  June 2012              Professional Development – Haik, Ethiopia (8 hrs/day)

n  February 2012       Construction-Alliance Church of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, PA (8 hrs/wk)

n  March 2010           Humanitarian Relief – Port Au Prince, Haiti  (55hrs/wk)

n  October 2009        Construction - Habitat for Humanity –– Washington, DC (8hrs/job)

n  June 2008              Praise Team, Calvary Chapel Breath of Life Church – Largo, MD (6hrs/wk)

n  November 2007    Food Preparation, Food and Friends - Washington, DC (6hrs/wk)

n  December 2006    Children’s Ministry, Calvary Chapel Breath of Life Church – Largo, MD (4hrs/wk)