I would like to share my mission statement. "My mission is to, not only teach academics, but also develop the invaluable and necessary personal kills and strategies needed to become a productive member of society, who will in turn, not only give back to his/her family, but will also affect and inspire change in generations to follow within their community."
I hope that by reading my resume you are able to see my dedication to my craft. I knew that I wanted to become a teacher from the time I was eight. I have allowed that vision to become the light at the end of my tunnel. That is the same passion I have tried to instill in my students. To quote the late great Kobe Bryant, "Anything can be achieved through hard work".
At Ninety-Fifth Street Elementary School, I had the pleasure of teaching fabulous fifth graders. I experienced both ELL and combination SEL and ELL classrooms. I worked collaboratively with my colleagues to create lesson plans in accordance with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards. Throughout my years there, I worked with students that required a lot of differentiation in order to grow both socially and academically. I volunteered many hours after school tutoring for my students. That payed off with great leaps and bounds in their test scores. This was an accomplishment that was only possible with the support of their parents. My colleagues have always played an important role in both my personal and my students' success.
In addition to my duties as a classroom teacher, I also served the school as part of the Career Day team, Social Committee, School Site Council, African American Parent Support Group, assisted with the Folklorico dance group headed by two wonderful parent volunteers, and was Grade Level Chair. I have always prided myself in working collaboratively with my colleagues. These interactions have allowed us to build the trusting relationship necessary for me to serve as their mentor and confidant. Finally, I also feel that I set an example of hard work and professionalism both with my students and my colleagues.
At Purche Avenue Elementary School, I had the pleasure of teaching terrific third graders, fantastic fourth graders, and fabulous fifth graders. I experienced both ELL and combination SEL and ELL classrooms. I worked collaboratively with my colleagues to create lesson plans in accordance with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards.
In addition to my duties as a classroom teacher, I also served the school as the Career Day Coordinator and was part of the Social Committee. I have always prided myself in working collaboratively with my colleagues. These interactions have allowed me build friendships that I hold dear until today. Finally, I also feel that I set an example of hard work and professionalism both with my students and my colleagues. Due to those personal attributes, I was once given the opportunity to be the Principal, Mr. Thad Jackson's, designee when he was away at a meeting.
At La Salle Avenue, I was hired initially as a Teacher's Assistant. I worked with different upper grade students, mainly with third, fourth, an fifth. Later on in 1990, I was hired by the district as a Playground Worker. I received many awards in that position. A couple years later, I was promoted to Playground Supervisor. I was decorated in that position also. While serving in that capacity, I saw that there was a need to include girls in the athletic activities in the after-school program. I decided to start the Superstars Drill Team Squad. Quickly and with a lot of hard work and practice, the girls on the team became a force to be reckoned with. I did not accomplish this alone. I had two teachers with a lot more experience than I had, volunteering also. They were Tye Nelson and Ms. Angela Maye-Killens.
In 2000, came the moment that finalized all my hours of dedication. A
third grade teacher was ready to retire. Luckily, the Emergency Credential Program was still in active. My principal at the time, took advantage of that opportunity, and hired me to fulfill that position. Although I tried to keep my position as Playground Supervisor, after a year, it became too overwhelming and I had to resign. I continued to attend classes in order to complete and clear my credential. In March of 2006 I received my cleared credential.
At La Salle Avenue I also taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I once again worked cooperatively with my colleagues to created and tweak lesson plans to meet the differentiated needs of our students while in accordance with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards.
I served at the school in other capacities. For example, I was the Career Day Coordinator, served on the Social Committee, created Scholars Club. Scholars Club was an opportunity to give parents and students the opportunity to get information about the many opportunities for advancement for students that were working above and beyond what they were expected to do. I saw this as an opportunity for children that were high achievers to get information to propel them to the next level such as Choices and Open Enrollment, A-G requirements, and early college information.
West Athens Elementary School is where I began my career in education. I started as a Teacher's Aide. However, the title was being faded out, so I transitioned to being a highly decorated Teacher's Assistant. My job duties included working with students primarily in upper grade, third, fourth, and fifth. I tutored individual students, worked with small and large groups. My primary group was second language learners. There were even instances when I had to create curriculum for newcomers to the country. I also made copies, supervised students during recess, lunch, and sometimes after school.
I created, organized and distributed learning materials like homework, textbooks, ad classroom supplies.
Served the school in other capacities as part of the social committee, was an interpreter for many school announcements and programs. Translated materials for students, parents, and the community.
I was proud to set an example of hard work and dedication. I was able to create and maintain friendships that I hold dear in my heart until today.
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