Jessica Claire
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Capable teaching professional well-versed in collaborating with team members, identifying areas of needed alignment, and partnering with school leaders to equip teams. Conscientious, reliable and driven to make positive impact through work. Excellent observational and relational abilities.

  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Working collaboratively
  • Pre-k Instruction
  • Virtual Instruction
  • Moderate Spanish Fluency
  • Classroom Management
Pre-k Grade Level Chair, 07/2020 to Current
Lighthouse AcademiesJacksonville, AR,
  • Developed open and professional relationships with team members, enabling more effective issue resolution.
  • Serving as team leader for the new pre-kindergarten program at a newly-merged school
  • Working to elevate pre-k colleagues to leadership positions within the team
  • Established a centering vision for the pre-kindergarten team to ground our work in being a team that remains solution-oriented
  • Collaborated with district pre-kindergarten cohort leaders regarding best instructional practices for virtual lessons and CIRCLE Assessment modifications for virtual learners
  • Led grade level meetings to communicate decisions and action steps from school leader
  • Provided opportunities for team members to participate in leading parts of grade-level meetings
  • Created organization tools for the accomplishment of tasks and due dates for the pre-kinder staff
  • Offered insights for teaching assistant/lead teacher pairings to administrators based on teacher needs, language proficiency, and talent
  • Supporting the school vision by co-leading a working group dedicated to solidifying adult culture with the goal of promoting unity and a focused mindset on the growth of our school
  • Utilized skills learned in self-directed, self-imposed professional development from Coursera in the brain science of learning and how to deliver virtual instruction in the summer of 2020 to guide planning and instruction for virtual teaching
Dance Teacher, 07/2014 to 05/2020
KIPP Austin Connections ElementaryCity, STATE,
  • Drafted plans for a unique after-school dance program (Firefly Elite Dance Company) with school leader that reflects the structure of a high quality dance studio experience for third and fourth grade students
  • Founded and promoted Firefly Elite Dance Company utilizing school communication channels, Excellence classes, and videos to drum up interest among students and families
  • Secured teachers from the dance cohort and school staff to act as judges for the closed-audition process
  • Arranged for performances in the community for Firefly Elite Dance Company (Austin Spurs games, performances at other schools, Crowd Pleasers Dance Austin Regional Showcase) to build crowd tolerance and performance skill for the dancers
  • Created a collaborative environment among dance company parents, which led to fundraising opportunities, creation of team shirts, and shared team responsibilities for families
  • Established an accountability system for student members of the dance company based on in-class behavior, respect for teachers and students, and grades
  • Collaborated with parents of dancers to provide a satisfying experience which included weekly communication, monthly meetings, and end-of-year recognition for dancers and supporters
  • Mentored first-year elementary dance colleague within the dance cohort in KIPP in the areas of behavior management, planning, instruction, and choreography
Classroom Educator: Pre-kindergarten, 07/2020 to Current
KIPP Alegria Primary SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Flipped in-person content to create virtual lessons for morning meetings and content blocks for pre-kindergarten students who remained virtual
  • Established solid rapport and partnered with parents to create engaging lessons with the appropriate amount of rigor with accommodations for differences in home set-up and available materials
  • Developed virtual organizers and slideshows with predictable patterns, visuals, text, sheltered instruction strategies ,and music to anchor the learning through spaced repetition over time
  • Managed behavior through positive supports, frequent correspondence with parents, and fun incentives resulting in greater engagement and a 10% increase in growth between waves 1 and 2 for CIRCLE Assessments
  • Utilized sheltered instruction strategies and comfortable command of Spanish to provide security and comprehension within the virtual space, allowing all students to quickly feel comfortable enough to share knowledge and ask questions
  • Adapted behavior norms of the in-person school for the virtual learning space to maximize learning and minimize reactive behavior management
Classroom Educator: Pre-kindergarten, 08/2009 to 05/2011
Oak Springs Elementary SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Maintained classroom management by delivering clear expectations during Tier 1 instruction and positive behavior intervention strategies
  • Developed literacy groups in the Pre-K classroom based on student readiness/assessment that resulted in the growth of all students as well as 1/3 of the class reaching mid-year kinder reading level
  • Restructured the much-used Home Center in the Pre-K and kinder classrooms to be interchangeable as the theme for shared reading changed, which prompted transfer of knowledge and use of thematic vocabulary
  • Included developmentally appropriate academic activities into centers for Pre-K students.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Applied Learning And Development, Expected in 12/2005
University Of Texas At Austin - Austin, TX
  • Houston Area Association of Black School Educators (HAABSE) Teacher of the Year at Briargate Elementary (Fort Bend ISD 2007)
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee at Oaks Springs Elementary (Austin ISD 2009)
  • Achieved Stage 3 Advanced Teacher in Teacher Career Pathway (KIPP Connections 2019)
  • Firefly Elite Dance Company won Most Outstanding Large Ensemble in Crowd Pleasers Dance Competition (2018)
  • Firefly Elite Dance Company won Best In Class and Crowd Pleasers award in Crowd Pleasers Dance Competition (2019)
  • Firefly Elite Dance Company won 2 Best In Class, Sweepstakes, and Crowd Pleasers awards in Crowd Pleasers Dance Competition (2020)

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