Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Dynamic, highly energetic, and caring educator who employs effective interpersonal communication skills developed over 20 years in the field. Passionate educator widely recognized for ability to motivate and generate student enthusiasm for German language and culture. Commended for implementing creative and effective lessons, employing a myriad of instructional strategies and learning-style approaches including but not limited to songs and dances, lively discussions and special group activities all in a full language immersion environment. Strongly focused on diversifying and adapting instruction to serve the needs of all students.

  • Nationally recognized as "German Center of Excellence" in 2017 by American Association of Teachers of German for superior student-based instruction; only K-12 German program in United States to receive this exclusive distinction in 2017. NJEA magazine featured East Brunswick German Department and this award in June 2018
  • Positive rapport with students, their families, colleagues and administration directly responsible for a 40% increase in enrollment of German classes, necessitating hiring of 2 additional German instructors within last 5 years; program continues to grow
  • Recognition of German language-classes as a safe haven for special-needs students; counselors, child study team and administrators overwhelmingly recommend German to meet World Language graduation requirement; typical German 1 class has on average 50% classified students
  • Lead students to victory in William Patterson World Language Poetry Recitation Contest in 2018 and 2019
  • Cemented lasting relationships with students and involve alumni in annual World Language Expo recruiting event
  • Lead students to victory in Rutgers University German Department's Declamation Contest in 2015 & 2016
  • Collaboratively write and implement new curriculum that other East Brunswick languages use as their curriculum model
  • Advisor to both German Honor Society and German Club which facilitate a host of extracurricular events and learning activities including but not limited to Wall Fall: Berlin Wall commemorative event, German Night with student-presentations, Masquerade Ball school dance, guest-speakers from community, social events, learning enrichment activities, student cultural performances among many more; nearly 50% of all German students voluntarily participate
  • Lead-teacher for student-travel to Germany & Austria for full language and cultural immersion experience in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Collaborated with Social Studies colleagues to develop Holocaust Remembrance Event
  • Organized & participated in GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) for student exchange program with students from Halle, Germany in 3-week full immersion language and culture experience in 2005
  • Established life-long enriching relationships with now former students as part of East Brunswick Mentoring Program
  • Participated and presented at numerous professional development programs with colleagues throughout district
Work History
09/2001 to Current Teacher of German Rutgers University | New Brunswick, NJ,
  • Flexible and dynamic instructor with 20 years experience teaching German language programs at middle school, junior high and high schol to students of widely varying levels of ability
  • Wrote and implemented curriculum for multiple levels of German courses
  • Established exceptional reputation of German Department in East Brunswick leading to exponential increase in enrollment of German classes
  • Meet needs of all learners and effectively instruct many classes with more then 50% IEP students
06/2002 to 08/2003 Graduate Assistant Emory University's Summer Study Aborad Program | City, STATE,
  • Taught college-level German classes in accelerated learning program
  • Designed technological adaptations for students with special needs, served as liaison between American students and Austrian host families
06/2000 to 08/2001 Teacher of Students with Special Needs Mercer Regional School | City, STATE,
  • Designed and maintained stimulating classroom for students all with severe special needs
  • Supported behavior modification plans and communicated via sign language, communication boards and other non-verbal methods
Expected in 05/2001 Teacher Certification Program in German, K-12 | Rider University, Trenton, NJ GPA:
Expected in 12/1997 Bachelor of Arts | German Studies Emory University, Atlanta, GA, GPA:
Expected in 07/1997 Senior Year Abroad | German Studies Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, GPA:
Expected in 08/1994 Summer Study Abroad | German Studies Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, GPA:

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