Literacy Specialist resume example with 14+ years of experience

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

Results-focused literacy specialist professional with strength in implementing best practices in evidence-based instruction, designing and executing professional learning tailored for adults and school-based needs, and coaching/demonstrating lessons to promote innovation in classroom routines and procedures. Proactive leader with strengths in communication and collaboration. Proficient in leveraging experience of being a classroom teacher, combined with knowledge of the acquisition of foundational skills in students to promote adequate yearly growth. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes.

  • Student diagnosing
  • Instructional planning
  • Program implementation
  • Outcomes tracking
  • Class schedule management
  • Instructional practices
  • Individualized support
  • Job coaching
  • Lesson planning expert
  • Understands various learning styles
08/2019 to Current Literacy Specialist Newton Public Schools | Newton, MA,

My role as part of the PDCE literacy team is to help K-5 teachers develop challenging, interesting curriculum that is critical for students to graduate college and be career ready.

My responsibilities specifically included helping teachers and administrators to:

  • Implement best practices in English Language Arts instruction
  • Design flexible assessment systems
    Integrate reading and writing across content areas
  • Align instruction with the Common Core State Standards
  • Meet the needs of children learning English and students with disabilities
  • Present information about evidence-based practices in literacy
  • Provide coaching support for teachers in using evidence-based practices in literacy
  • Design and implement support for response to intervention initiatives
  • Train and coach for small-group foundational skills instruction
  • Train and coach for genre-based writing instruction
  • Train and coach for knowledge-building read alouds
  • Support for principals observing and providing feedback about literacy instruction
  • Support for implementation of reading and writing evidence-based curriculum based on the science of reading
  • Design and support for professional book studies.
08/2017 to 08/2019 Master Teacher North Country Academy | Douglasville, GA,
  • Responsible for planning and implementing educational lessons for children with learning differences, writing Individual Academic Plans for each student, tracking student progress, and communicating needs with parents and all stakeholders
  • Working daily with colleagues and staff members to address the learning, behavioral, attentional, and social emotional needs of students, as well as contributing to the modification and and development of the School's program.
  • Studying and maintaining knowledge of current trends and best practices in education with a specialization in children with learning differences special learning needs.
  • Assigning duties to and supervising classroom assistants, University tutors, volunteers, interns, and observers
  • Participation in research projects directed by University of Delaware faculty and graduate students
  • Participation as a Clinical Educator for Teaching Candidates in the School of Education, working with faculty advisors and their students who are assigned to the school to fulfill clinical experience requirements.
08/2009 to 08/2017 Third Grade Teacher Lighthouse Academies | Jacksonville, AR,
  • Responsible for implementing effective teaching strategies and meaningful lessons to meet all third grade Common Core and Core Knowledge standards and goals.
  • Established and communicated clear learning objectives to foster student progress and academic performance.
  • Cultivated classroom environment focused on inclusion and growth, fostering both social and academic development.
  • Cooperating TAM (Team Approach to Mastery) teacher to students with special needs.
  • Adapted and created the third grade ELA curriculum to reflect abstract concepts more concretely to students, incorporating all modalities of learning as well as differentiation of content for individual students, small groups, and whole groups.
  • Third grade team leader for the ELA department.
  • Responsible for leading professional development with peers through the use of professional texts and discussions of best practices
08/2004 to 08/2007 First Grade Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher Christina School District | City, STATE,
  • Instructed students individually and in groups using varied teaching methods.
  • Attended in-service training and professional development courses to stay on top of policy and education changes.
  • Maintained positive classroom environments by reinforcing rules for behavior and relationship-building actions.
  • Met with parents to communicate students' progress, achievements and classroom issues.
  • Founding member of the PBS (Positive Behavior Support) team
  • Building cadre for Social Studies, District committee member for curriculum review
  • Director of school-wide Multi-Cultural night
  • Training as a Reading First school: LETRS and Dibels training
Education and Training
Expected in Continuing Education, Ed. D. | Educational Leadership Universtiy of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, GPA:
Expected in 01/2009 Masters in Education | Curriculum And Instruction University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, GPA:
Expected in 05/2007 Bachelor of Arts | Elementary Education Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware, GPA:

State of Delaware: Teacher of Elementary (Grades K - 6)

State of Delaware: Exceptional Children, Special Education Teacher (Grades K - 12)

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School Attended

  • Universtiy of Delaware
  • University of Delaware
  • Wilmington University

Job Titles Held:

  • Literacy Specialist
  • Master Teacher
  • Third Grade Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher


  • Continuing Education, Ed. D.
  • Masters in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts

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