Seasoned teaching professional with a talent for gaining the trust and confidence of students and guardians with a knack for making learning exciting and enjoyable. Highly motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners and enthusiastically stay up-to-date on new learning technologies and trends in the education community.
National Board Certified Educator, Current Chicago Public Schools: Countee Cullen (Kindergarten, First, Second) – Chicago, IL
Instructing between 29 - 36 students individually and in groups - for last 2 years teaching 1st/2nd split classroom.
Serving as the Common Core Primary Literacy Lead and selected as 1 of 8 for the school's Leadership Team.
Setting up lesson materials, bulletin board displays, and demonstrations.
Assessing students' reading levels using DIBELS Next and Leveled Reading Passages.
Contributor to SIPPA (school improvement plan) for last 2 planning cycles
Adapting teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Promoting 24hr accessibility with parents and guardians allowing for regular communication to discuss children's progress - not uncommon for calls and texts.
Observing and evaluating students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
Planning and implementing creative lessons in accordance with district, county, state and federal guidelines by maintaining accurate and complete records for students.
Fostering team collaboration, oral language development, and critical thinking between students through group projects and literacy discussions.
Educator, Chicago Public Schools: Thomas J. Higgins Academy ( First, Second) – Chicago, IL
Instructed up to 32 - 38 students individually and in groups including 2008 - 2010 1st/2nd split classroom.
Customized school gifted program from scratch involving project based learning initiatives
Selected age-appropriate stories and read them aloud during daily story time.
Boosted cultural awareness by incorporating children's literature from cultures around the world.
Created a classroom environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
Developed students' computer and technology skills through demonstrations and practice.
Determined student strengths and weaknesses through DIBELS and weekly assessments.
Began National Board Certification process and took part in professional development courses.
Preserved the confidentiality of student records and information at all times.
Drafted lesson plans and submitted them for review and feedback in a timely manner.
Enforced the school's student discipline code to deal with problem situations.
Educator, 2004 to 2007 Chicago Heights: McKinley Elementary (Second) – Chicago Heights, IL
Instructed 25 - 28 students individually and in groups
Prioritized reading with customized programs for bilingual students which made up 85% of classroom
Contributing member of Discipline Committee and updated school's Code of Conduct
Met regularly with parents and guardians to discuss children's progress.
Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Observed and evaluated students' performance, behavior, social development and physical health.
Supervised an average of 28 - 86 students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, schoolyards and on field trips.
Completed and filed all necessary paperwork for classroom activities, including meal count sheets and attendance logs.
Encouraged students with special academic interests to fully pursue those subjects.
Participated in district's mentor/mentee program, who I still keep in contact to this day.
Bachelor of Science: Double Majors: Elementary Education (Pre-Primary, K-6) and Early Childhood (Birth through third grade) Minor: Sociology, 2004 Winona State University - Winona, MN Honors Dean's List all 5 years