Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Strategic and innovative leader with a true passion for helping others reach their highest potential. Dedicated to supporting students and educators to achieve educational equity. Four years of experience working successfully in some of the most challenging educational landscapes in the United States.

  • Innovative leadership and coaching
  • Teacher training and development
  • Curriculum development and assessment
  • Compelling public speaker
  • Strong communicator
  • Elementary Education certification
  • Urban classroom settings
  • Arts integration
  • MS Office proficient
  • Spanish proficient
05/2013 to Current
Manager, Teacher Leadership and Development Aarp Denver, CO,

- Coach 22 first and second year teachers in Detroit Public Schools to make continuous improvement and raise student achievement.

- Partner with school leaders and community members to align coaching priorities and support teachers with targeted learning opportunities.

- Design professional development for 120+ teachers on topics including classroom management, diversity and inclusiveness, and proven instructional strategies.

- Develop innovative coaching techniques to meet the needs of a diverse group of educators and classrooms.

- Build strong relationships: 100% of my teachers "Agree/Strongly Agree" that "My MTLD effectively pushes and challenges me for the sake of my development and student achievement," and "My MTLD offers the right amount of empathy and encouragement in our work," according to national survey data.

05/2010 to 05/2013
Founding Teacher Teach For America/ReNEW Schools City, STATE,

- Selected as one of 50,000+ applicants to join Teach for America and the movement to achieve educational equity.

- Founding teacher at charter turnaround of lowest performing school in Louisiana.

- Made significant academic gains with students every year, and achieved highest reading growth data in the school.

- Designed rigorous curriculum to build students' higher-order thinking skills.

- Collaborated with teaching artists to integrate visual, musical and theater arts into the elementary curriculum.

- Secured thousands in funding for classroom library, field trips, and lab materials for school-wide Science Fair.

- Built strong relationships and invested students and families in future goals and long-term success.

04/2009 to 08/2009
Legislative Intern Michigan House Of Representatives City, STATE,

Researched policy, drafted memos, and aided constituents for State Rep. Jon Switalski.

Expected in 2010
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • 3.9 GPA
  • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, James B. Angell Scholar
  • Minor, Eastern European Studies
  • Urban Policy Writer, Roosevelt Institute: Specialized in education reform in Detroit. Conducted thorough research in person in Detroit schools and youth organizations. Published research on improving outcomes for Detroit students in two policy journals.
  • Committee Chair, LSA Student Government: Elected by LSA Student body of 18,000 students. Organized forum on Impact of Financial Crisis on students at University of Michigan. Helped select Academic Advisers for School of LSA. Managed committee of 30+ individuals to achieve project outcomes.
  • News Reporter, Michigan Daily: Article published by NY Times U-Wire.
  • Study Abroad, Prague, Czech Republic: Maintained all A's and traveled extensively across Europe.
Expected in 2012
Certification: Arts Integration Theory
Arts Experiences in Schools (AXIS) - New Orleans, LA
  • Completed comprehensive, full-year professional development program in arts integration theory and practice for classroom teachers.
  • Collaborated with AXIS teaching artist to integrate theatre, music and visual art into school curriculum.
Expected in 2011
Level One Certification: Elementary Education
The New Teacher Project - New Orleans, LA

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