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

Passionate elementary school teacher for 27 years in both general and special education settings and Director of Curriculum for 11 years. Proven history of creating engaging classroom environments that support diverse educational styles. Versatile student-oriented approach, consistently supporting optimum performance and advancement. Seeking to apply skills and knowledge in a teaching or leadership role in a new school district.

Expected in
Ongoing Professional Growth - ,
  • Northwestern/Kellogg- The Impact of Equity: Leaders Activating Change (2022)
  • Increase Your Impact (2022)
  • Get Your Teach On (2022)
  • ISACS New Leaders in a Changed Landscape Program (2021)
  • ISACS Leadership Academy (2021)
  • ISACS Self-Study Training (2012 and 2020)
  • Teach on a Mission- Flipped Classroom (2020)
  • ICE (Indiana Connected Educators) Conference (2020)
  • Tech at the Bend (2020)
  • EVillage Summer of eLearning (2018-2019, 2022)
  • Hive Summit Webinar Series with Michael Matera (2018-2022)
  • ISACS National Conference (2011-2017)

Expected in 04/2006
Master of Science: Curriculum And Instruction
Purdue University Calumet - Hammond, IN
  • Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education
  • Endorsements in Special Education and Reading
  • Graduated with 4.0 GPA
Expected in 05/1996
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education
Purdue University Calumet - Hammond, IN
  • Endorsements in Special Education and Reading
  • Graduated with Highest Distinction
  • Named "Outstanding Senior" and "Outstanding Future Educator"
  • Graduated with 3.95 GPA and 4.0 Major GPA
  • Dean's List and Semester Honors All Eligible Semesters
  • Member of Alpha Chi and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies
Work History
08/2001 to Current
Elementary Classroom Teacher Albany Charter School Network , , Schererville, IN
  • Appointed Director of Curriculum in 2011.
  • Designated as ISACS Self-Study Steering Committee Chairperson, overseeing the writing of the comprehensive document (2013 and 2021).
  • Served as COVID Task Force member, ISACS Building Representative, Intermediate Committee Chairperson, After School Activities Coordinator, Faculty Life member, Academic Advisory Team member, and member of the following committees: Math, Language Arts, Technology, Social Studies, Admissions, and Struggling Students.
  • Selected as a member of an ISACS visiting team at Forsyth School in St. Louis, Missouri (2019) and Good Shepherd Montessori School in South Bend (2022).
  • Recognized by The Board of Trustees: Challenger Center Grant Recipient, Leadership Giving, Showing Outstanding Effort to Instill a Love of Writing in Students.
  • Observed and collaborated with administration in order to provide strategies when teacher concerns arose with students.
  • Stayed abreast of changes to school policies as well as new trends in education by attending professional development courses/in-service trainings and implementing new methodologies (such as the flipped classroom strategy most recently).
  • Gained classroom experience in junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and, most recently, fifth grade.
  • Built positive relationships with parents and students to involve families in the educational process.
  • Planned lessons, using a multi-modal approach, in line with the fifth grade curriculum to cover all requirements and, at the same time, prepare for standardized tests.
  • Integrated technology as a means of enhancing instruction.
  • Promoted exploration of the building blocks of learning by leading diverse, hands-on activities during units of study and Maker's Space opportunities.
  • Collaborated across disciplines, with outside sources (Image Essentials, United Way, and NIPSCO), and globally (Mystery Zooms, Author Zooms, Global Read Aloud, and 100-Word Challenge) to provide rich, well-rounded experiences in all units of study.
  • Assessed student progress by administering tests/completing culminating activities and evaluating results.
  • Implemented classroom management techniques to enhance class morale, accountability, and engagement.
  • Created school-wide consciousness by planning activities for Red Ribbon Week and Disability Awareness Month.
  • Established a yearly plan for the allocation of budgeted resources.
01/1997 to 06/2001
Teacher for Least Restrictive Environment Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative , , Highland, IN
  • Supervised and evaluated a student teacher (Spring 2001) and 2-3 paraprofessionals each school year as provided by NISEC.
  • Scheduled 2-3 paraprofessionals and myself throughout the school building in order to meet required contact time with students.
  • Wrote Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) based on results of testing and/or classroom performance for each student serviced.
  • Held parent conferences once each year to discuss progress and finalize new recommendations.
  • Worked as a liaison between building administration and NISEC administration to ensure appropriately meeting the needs of every student in compliance with IEP.
  • Maintained strict adherence to school/special education policies, requirements, and protocols to support student needs, promote academic excellence, and enhance school reputation.
  • Updated IEP documentation regularly, as scheduled, in accordance with charted progress.
  • Collaborated with specialists (Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists) to meet needs of students requiring extra support.
  • Coordinated and collaborated with other faculty members during lesson plan development.
  • Planned, prepared, and taught lesson plans, giving students individual support.
  • Diversified teaching techniques and learning tools to help students with differing ability levels and varied learning modalities.
Leadership/Administrative Skills
  • ISACS Standards and Accreditation Cycle Knowledge, Training, and Experience
  • Wide Range of Administrative Knowledge and Experience
  • Curriculum Development
  • Motivated and Developed Leader
  • Team Collaboration
  • Relationship Building
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Technology Skills and Integration
  • Special Education and Reading Instruction
  • Group and Individualized Instruction
  • Organization and Planning
  • Time Management
  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting allocated classroom funds

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