Dara Kane

Early Childhood (birth – grade 2)
Childhood Education (grades 1 – 6)
Visual Arts (K – 12)

Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Master of Arts in Teaching, May 2011

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Associates in Applied Science, Cum Laude, 1994
Major: Textile/Surface Design

Baruch College, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts, May 1986
Major: English  

Kappa Delta Pi
Teaching Artist, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY

Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School, NY, NY, September 2014 - Present
Co-Head Teacher, Pre-K
·       Ask open ended questions to encourage critical thinking and inquisitiveness
·       Lead mindfulness and reflecting practices with the children
·      Dramatize stories with the children to instill early literacy skills and build confidence

Hoff Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY, 2008 - Present
Art Instructor, Sumnmer Arts Program (June/July 2008 - Present)
·       Instruct middle school aged children daily over five-week period
·       Develop and implement projects in a variety of art mediums and techniques
Preschool Teacher, Ages 3 and 4 (September 2011 - May 2014)
·       Guided play to encourage social, emotional, physical and cognitive development
·       Assessed students’ developmental needs
·       Nurtured creative development through art mediums and art history
·      Initiated age appropriate literacy and math activities

Jefferson Elementary School, New Rochelle, NY, January 2011 – May 2011
Student Teacher, 4th, 1st Grades
·       Created and administered math assessment
·       Analyzed assessments to differentiate small group math instruction
·      Integrated the SMART board into teaching

The Bronxville School, Bronxville, NY
Substitute Teacher, grades K – 5 (October 2007 - June 2017)
·       Implement lesson plans; introduce new material when appropriate
·       Maintain positive interactions with students, faculty and parents to ensure environment 
     conducive to learning
Art Instructor, After School Program (January 2008 – June 2014)
·       Developed custom art courses; teach children ages 7 – 10
·       Received positive parent feedback; enrollment continually full
·       Taught clay techniques, collage, painting techniques, pop-ups, sculpture and Be An 
       Artist - each week new artist and style are explored

Heartsong, White Plains, NY, August 2013
Artist in Residence, Express Yourself Summer Camp
·      Sensory art activities encouraged fine motor development
·      Art lessons incorporated counting, colors and shapes
·      A communal table promoted socialization
·      Songs established the beginning and end of class, and marked transitions
·      Kept daily progress notes on each child                    

Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY, Summers 2011, 2012
Artist in Residence
·       Developed and taught collage workshops inspired by children's literature
·       Incorporated rubbing technique, spelling, and tracing into projects
·      Used recycled materials 

Private Art TeacherWhite Plains, NY, September 2010 – March 2011
Home School Art Instructor
·       Created art curriculum based on White Plains School District visual arts curriculum and 
     state and national standards
·       Taught weekly lessons to 2 homeschooled students, ages 4 and 6
·       Integrated art with academic subjects including social studies and math
·       Consulted with parents to plan instruction
·       Wrote quarterly updates on first grader’s progress for school district

Westchester Hills School 29, Yonkers, NY, Spring 2010
Artist in Residence
·      Collaborated with school guidance counselor
·       Instructed 5th and 6th grade at risk girls
·       Used collage to address self-esteem issues          

Packaging Designer, Tommy Hilfiger, 1997  2000
Print Designer, Yatas Home, 1997
Print Designer, Nautica International, Inc., 1995  1997
CAD Designer, Design Solutions, Inc., 1994  1995
Experienced ISAAGNY Report Writer; Handwriting Without Tears Instructor; Microsoft Word; PowerPoint