Jessica Claire
  • , , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
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Professional Summary

Dedicated, enthusiastic, experienced professional seeks a teaching position. Experienced at nurturing young learners while delivering high quality instruction and offering authentic learning experiences in a positive environment. Continuously working to plan and deliver intentional, rigorous instruction where all students are actively engaged. By continuously adhering to these high standards, I have been rated "Highly Effective" every year. An active member in my school community maintaining positive relationships with parents, students and co-workers through clear and consistent communication. Collaborative partner and teammate, I enjoy working closely with colleagues whether it be planning lessons, team teaching, reviewing student work or analyzing data. Experienced in the use of technology to support traditional classroom instruction, including virtual learning on Zoom as well as utilizing Google Slides and Seesaw activity extensions. Experienced, yet flexible and adaptive, I seek a lower elementary teaching position where my skills will promote social emotional student development as well as academic achievement.

  • Motivate and inspire students while managing a safe, warm, organized classroom of diverse learners in a positive manner
  • Design and teach developmentally appropriate lessons and activities to foster active engagement in all students
  • Implement learning stations for students which allows for targeted, small group instruction
  • Implement differentiated instruction for students
  • Implement Thinking Maps into all content areas
  • Experienced in posing quality questions during discussions to promote deeper, higher order thinking
  • Plans and delivers rigorous, authentic instructional opportunities
  • Committed to social justice and equity
  • Deliver balanced literacy instruction: shared and guided reading, read aloud, guided writing, and systematic phonics instruction
  • Experienced using multi-tiered systems of support for academic as well as behavioral support
  • Actively involved in grade level and building PLCs
  • Employ "Number Talks" and critical thinking conversations in math
  • Use a variety of games and hands-on experiences during math instruction
  • Utilize frequent formative assessments
  • Coached and Mentored WMU and GVSU student teachers
  • Led grade level team in the integration of technology into instruction using Google Slides and Seesaw to deliver content, assignments, activities and extensions
  • Organized with clear, frequent, and consistent communication with parents
Work History
Kindergarten Teacher - Palmer Elementary, 08/2015 to Current
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Delivered lesson plans, implemented school curriculum and used data to create, monitor and establish personalized learning plan for each student.
  • Reported to parents and administration about student progress.
  • Assessed comprehensive student growth including academic, social and personal skills.
  • Collaborated in planning, organizing and implementing instructional programs to facilitate academic, intellectual and social development.
  • Exercised good classroom management focused on positive behavior support by clearly articulating fair and consistent expectations along with appropriate, natural consequences.
  • Delivered structured lessons on readiness skills by emphasizing phonics, language skills, literature and handwriting.
  • Encouraged and prepared students to become independent readers through systematic, multi-sensory instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics.
  • Delegated tasks to teacher assistants and school volunteers.
  • Introduced read-aloud literature to stimulate imagination and build comprehension and vocabulary.
Kindergarten Teacher - Harrison Park Elementary, 08/2010 to 06/2015
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Created child-centered learning environment characterized by consistent application of developmentally appropriate practices, including learning through play.
  • Cultivated language skills through use of traditional poems, nursery rhymes and riddles to help students develop comprehension, vocabulary and love of language.
  • Delegated tasks to teacher assistants and school volunteers.
  • Provided guidance on policies and initiatives for kindergarten teaching team.
  • Team taught with Kindergarten colleague which allowed for more targeted instruction for students.
1st Grade Teacher - Congress Elementary, 08/2005 to 06/2010
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Worked on building MiBLsi pilot committee, participated in state wide trainings in order to write building level behavior expectations.
  • Established and enforced rules of behavior to drive social development and maintain positive interactions.
  • Worked as lower elementary representative on building child study (student success) team.
3rd Grade Teacher - Stocking Elementary , 08/1998 to 06/2005
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Planned lessons according to district standards to cover all requirements and prepare for standardized tests.
  • Sourced supplies to fill gaps in student activities.
  • Taught students subject-specific material, learning strategies and social skills.
Bachelor Of Arts: Elementary Education, Expected in
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Master of Arts: Curriculum And Teaching, Expected in
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

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