I am a highly experienced elementary school teaching professional with a strong dedication to the total development of children. I have an excellent parent-teacher communication record and over 22 years experience teaching meaningful curriculum plans and developing young minds. My continued goals are to positively impact lives through my professional and personal skills and experience; to be a team member in a professional, effective, caring environment; to challenge and motivate students; to support, assist, and encourage parents; to nurture my own professional and personal growth as well as to be a strong supporter for colleagues.
Managing classroom for diverse populations
Expertise in thematic units, Zoophonics, hands-on and cooperative learning strategies
Tailoring curriculum plans
Positive learning environment
Varied lesson plans
Effective time management
Experience with English Second Language students
Substitute teacher/tutor, 10/2013
to 05/2014 self – Wichita,
As a tutor I communicated regularly with parents to ensure awareness of skills addressed in sessions and student progress.
Met with parents of students being tutored when requested to resolve conflicting educational priorities and issues.
Regularly worked in collaboration with teachers to ensure best student needs assessment and skills covered in tutoring sessions.
Served as a regular substitute in all grades of Collegiate Lower School.
Program and Events Coordinator, 07/2011
to 05/2013 Burford Center for the Arts – Arkansas City,
KS Direct all aspects of "Prairie Voice Youth Performance Choir" including auditions, music selection, scheduling performances, writing programs and themes Write script, obtain performers and participants, and publicize a Prairie Voice community event honoring veterans called, "The Price of Freedom" Teach and write themed units involving music, drama, and art for the After School Program collaboration with USD 470. Teach a music class for children in grades 1-3 Coordinate and assist arts council class instructors with schedules, enrollment, publicity, etc. Coordinate fund raising events and work with volunteers Publicize classes and events through newspaper, internet, radio, invitations, flyers, etc.
Promote art center programs and events through public speaking and visitations to schools or community organizations
ESOL tutor/After School Program Teacher, 08/2010
to 06/2011 Unified School District 470 – Arkansas City,
Assist instruction of all students in 3rd grade and 5th grade classrooms
Monitor, test, tutor, and document progress of English Second Language students
Work with teachers to facilitate effective learning strategies for particular students
Select and facilitate/teach educational activities to reinforce and pre-teach concepts for 5th grade students in the After School Program
Contact and keep parents informed of progress for selected students
In June 2011 taught adult English classes for English Second Language learners.
Fostered meaningful relationships among students and peers
Provided key support for classroom teachers
Christmas Music Director and Substitute Teacher, 09/2005
to 05/2010 Sacred Heart Catholic School – Arkansas City,
Write or select and direct the Christmas Program each year for grades K-5
Teach music October through December, and February to April
Drama coaching and staging for musicals
Substitute teacher for all grades PK-5, Sept through May
Fostered meaningful relationships with students, parents, and faculty
Director of Christian Growth, 08/2005
to 12/2009 Redeemer Lutheran Church – Arkansas City,
Direct and coordinate a Christian education program for those with developmental disabilities
Develop and teach lessons using Power Point visuals
Lead music implementing sign language and movement
Assist/support volunteer teachers
Schedule lessons and establish curriculum needs
Direct the High School Youth Group
Generate and coordinate weekly youth activities through a variety of ongoing Bible studies, discussion/study topics, fun and fellowship activities, guest speakers, social and service activities in the community
Involve youth in worship services and in the Developmental Disability Ministry
Coordinate financial fundraising for youth trips--such as the National Youth Gathering in Orlando, Florida and various camps-as well as accompany the youth on trips and obtain adult volunteers to attend
Direct and write or select Christmas programs involving youth of all ages
Write or select youth drama/plays for worship services or fundraising events
Play the organ, keyboard, sing, and coordinate special music for worship services
Select or write curriculum for Vacation Bible School, obtain and support teachers, and schedule sessions.
to 05/2005 Trinity Lutheran Church and School – Winfield,
Fostered meaningful relationships among students, parents, faculty and staff throughout my 19 years at Trinity
Taught all subjects and developed curriculum units for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grades
Directed choirs for grades 1-6
Write or select and direct Christmas programs working in collaboration with faculty, staff, parents, and students
Select and direct Spring Musicals working in collaboration with faculty, parents, and students
Serve on various boards as a liaison, school representative, and advisor
Select school curriculum as part of a faculty team for Gr.1-6
Selected and developed Kindergarten curriculum
Organize many and various field trips
Initiate Kindergarten readiness testing.
Consistently received positive teacher evaluations from students, parents, and peers.
Played organ, keyboard, and sang for worship, etc...
to 05/1986 First Lutheran School – Ponca City,
Teach 3rd grade.
Teach classroom music for grades 1-8.
Teacher/Organist/Choir Director, 07/1984
to 06/1985 St. John's Lutheran Church/School – Napoleon,
Teach 1st-2nd Grade
Write curriculum and teach classroom music for Grades 1-8
Direct Spring Musical
Direct two children's choirs
Direct adult choir
Play the organ for worship services.
Bachelor of Science: Teacher Education,
1984 St. John's Lutheran College - Winfield,
KS GPA: Dean's List GPA: 3.42
Dean's List GPA: 3.42 Cumulative undergraduate hours 145 Sang and traveled all over U.S. and Canada in 9-person contemporary Christian band Played in Handbell Choir Sang in Choir ADDITIONAL EDUCATION/INFORMATION
Continuing education, approximately 60 graduate hours, in various areas: Exceptionalities in Learning, Technology, Counseling, Motivational Techniques, Music, Spanish, Writing, Issues in Education, Research Based Instructional Strategies, BAL-A-VIS-X, Vision and Critical Learning, Semple Math, and Hands-On Equations
Fall 2009/Spring 2010-took Spanish I and Spanish II to further communication skills
Maintain my KS Teaching Certificate, certified in Grades K-9
Certified Holy Yoga instructor
bachelors, coaching, communication skills, Counseling, English, financial, fund raising, fundraising, instruction, instructor, keyboard, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Word, newspaper, Piano, Presenting, progress, publicity, radio, scheduling, script, sign language, Spanish, Spanish I, Spanish II, teacher, Teaching
Playing organ for church, singing, piano, leading worship/Bible studies, yoga, writing, son's activities and sports, devotional topics/studies, traveling
(Letters of recommendation and references available)