Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year with a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning , DTHS Academic Dean and Curriculum Director, High School English Teacher, and 2020 National Education Association Foundation for Teaching Excellence Illinois Awardee with over fifteen years in education. Eager to apply for the Instructional Assistant Professor of English Education position.

  • Public Speaker
  • Published Author/Writer
  • PD District Planner & Provider
  • EdD Research Expertise
  • Teach Plus Policy Fellow
  • School Improvement Leader
  • Coaching/Mentoring Pipeline Developer
  • Strong Communication Skills
07/2020 to Current
Academic Dean Dorsey Schools Roseville, MI,
  • Enhanced DTHS operations by leading and developing district improvement plans and realigning procedures to align with changing trends in education.
  • Planned all professional development for two districts and presented workshops regularly.
  • Developed partnerships and a recruitment plans for our educator pipeline.
  • Collaborated and provided leadership and support to all stakeholders.
  • Authored, implemented, and lead the Educator Mentoring Program for two school districts (#230 and #232).
  • Led coaching and mentoring for all educators, and completed evaluations.
  • Collaborated with other administrators to identify needs, develop resources, and improve district conditions.
  • Improved individual departments by working closely with Educators to rewrite curriculum, improve resource utilization, and modernize equipment.
  • Strategized and implemented methods for streamlining processes, controlling costs and modernizing operations.
  • Hired and recruited new staff members.
08/2008 to Current
High School English Teacher Envision Education Oakland, CA,
  • Taught Advanced Placement English (Rhetoric and Communications), Shakespeare, Composition, Poetry, Drama, Creative Writing, American Literature, English III, English IV, and ACT Prep to 11th and 12th grade students
  • Created and implemented English I, II, III, IV, and AP Curriculum
  • Designed compelling lesson plans focused on literature and writing
  • Established and enforced clear class objectives while promoting equitable opportunities for all students
  • Collaborated cross-functionally with other subject teachers to build strong support networks and educational frameworks for students
  • Developed and implemented interactive learning media to increase student understanding of course materials
  • Combined classroom management plan with effective measures and lesson plans to increase concentration, participation, and progress
  • Built life-long learning skills and strong study habits in students
  • Employed a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction textual materials to encourage students to read independently
  • Integrated technology into classroom settings to engage students and diversify instruction
  • Assessed student performance, behavior, and social development and devised improvement strategies for struggling students
  • Used variety of teaching techniques to encourage student critical thinking and discussion
  • Developed course plans to meet academic, intellectual, and social needs of students that encompassed multimedia learning tools
  • Served on the School Improvement Committee, Curriculum Alignment Committee, Crisis Committee, Response to Intervention Team, and the Entertainment Committee
  • Served as the Student Council Advisor, Drama Director, Polar Plunge Team Coordinator, Spring Musical Director and Choreographer, Talent Show Coordinator, Jazz Show Participant, Homecoming Week Coordinator, and Gamers Club Supervisor
  • Served as the Supervising Teacher to three Illinois State University Student-Teachers
  • Organized fundraising campaigns for Special Olympics, which raised over $10,000
  • Organized countless after school activities for students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Represented the Dwight Education Association as Chief Negotiator and Vice-President
  • Earned positive feedback from students and parents, which led to nomination for ILTOY
02/2008 to 08/2008
Secondary English Teacher Platte Canyon District Bailey, CO,
  • Taught middle school and high school students who were identified as having learning/emotional/behavioral disabilities in an alternative, self-contained school setting
  • Supervised and monitored students academically, emotionally, and behaviorally
  • Composed daily lesson plans, maintained a positive learning environment, and recorded daily records of student behavior/progress
  • Assisted students in revising their writing
  • Assisted in the updating of student IEP goals
  • Provided continuous evaluation of program operations as compared with established mission and set parameters
  • Kept youth safe and secure at facility and in public
  • Observed and documented behaviors and actions of students
  • Tracked class attendance and student progress
  • Developed and implemented interesting and interactive learning media to increase student understanding of course materials
Education and Training
Expected in 07/2019
Harvard Certificate: Family & Community Engagement
Harvard - Cambridge, MA,
Expected in 11/2020
Ed.D: Teaching and Learning
Illinois State University - Normal, IL
Expected in 07/2007
Master of Arts: Secondary Education English/Language Arts
Oakland City University - Oakland City, IN
Expected in 12/2005
Bachelor of Science: Speech Communication & Rhetoric
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Carbondale, IL
Expected in 06/2020
: Illinois Teacher Evaluation Training AA#2001
Illinois Association Of School Administrators - ,

Illinois State Board of Education Preparation and Licensure Board

Region 9 Comprehensive Center Advisory Board

Vice-President of the Illinois State Teachers of the Year (ILSTOY)

2020 NEA Foundation for Teaching Excellence Illinois Awardee

2020 NEA Representative Assembly Delegate for Region 44

2019 Global Teacher of the Year Nominee

2019-2020 Teach Plus Fellow

2019 NEA Representative Assembly Delegate for Region 44

2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year

2018 National Teacher of the Year Nominee

Peoria News HOI-19 and CEFCU One Class At A Time $1000 Grant

Vice-President of Dwight Education Association (IEA-NEA Local)

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