Dr. Deirdre Faughey has been working in the field of education since 2005. Deirdre has been secondary English teacher in both urban and suburban schools, including Oyster Bay High School, where she currently teaches English and AP Research. She has also taught Masters and Doctoral students at SUNY Old Westbury, Hunter College, and Teachers College, where she helped to develop the School Change course with Dr. Thomas Hatch. In 2020, she received the Emerging Scholar award and Academic Honors from Queens College, where she completed a Masters in Education Leadership.
At Teachers College, Columbia University, Deirdre worked as a Teacher Assistant and Research Assistant for Thomas Hatch. Over a three-year time period, she helped Dr. Hatch experiment with innovative teaching methods by developing a website and Twitter account that support student-directed learning. In the Fall of 2016, she taught her own section of the School Change course and brought in guest speakers from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the Institute of Play, Bronx Arena Transfer High School, and Eskolta School Research and Design.
Working again with Dr. Hatch, Deirdre led a study of the New York City Department of Education’s Local Measures of Student Learning (MoSL), which are used to evaluate teacher and student performance in New York City Schools. Her dissertation research draws upon this work by focusing on how English and Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 used data derived from high-stakes teacher evaluation assessments for instructional purposes.
Deirdre’s position as a Research and Design Facilitator with Eskolta School Research and Design brought her into New York City high schools on a regular basis to work with teams of teachers, as well as school and district leaders, on projects related to school improvement and student learning. In this position, Deirdre supported teams working on school change efforts, such as creating course maps aligned with school-wide literacy goals, and using the Hess Matrix (which combines Bloom’s Taxonomy with Depth of Knowledge) to help teachers develop questions that promote higher order thinking. She worked with online data trackers and created reflection tools to support teacher learning from student data, including classwork and test score data. She also helped to create instructional resources that were used in the classroom to support teacher learning.
Since returning to the classroom as a teacher in 2017, Deirdre completed coursework and earned a TESOL license. During this time, she also worked with a team of researchers and educators to develop a set of instructional methods for the New York State Department of Education. This project focused on developing instructional methods that ELA teachers could use to support ENL students in their classrooms as they work to meet the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA.
Currently, Deirdre is teaching at Oyster Bay High School. She developed 9th and 10th grade English courses, as well as the syllabi for the Introduction to Fiction and Introduction to Film courses, which are part of the ACE program of Stony Brook University. She also wrote the syllabus for the AP Research course, which offers advanced students the opportunity to conduct original research in their senior year of high school. She has also served as Assistant Director for the school play and is the yearbook adviser.
Deirdre completed a second Masters in Education Leadership at Queens College, and earned two additional licenses (School Building Leader and School District Leader) in 2020.
Deirdre has presented her research at the Literacy Research Association Conference, the National Council for the Teachers of English Conference, the American Education Research Association Conference, the New York State Association of Bilingual Educators Conference, and the New York State English Council Conference.