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Professional Summary

Motivated educator with an exceptional ability to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff and administration. Clear communicator who prioritizes students' success, as well as their holistic development.

  • Bilingual
  • Leader
  • Fast Learner
  • Dependable
  • Teachable
  • Creative lesson planning
  • RTI familiarity 
  • Trained in Connections: OG in 3D by Apple Group
  • Tutored children using Connections
  • Knowledgeable on TESS
  • Know how to recognize Dyslexia
  • Attended a Susan Barton Conference on Dyslexia
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Assessment tools
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education K - 6, December 2016
University of Central Arkansas
  • IDA Accredited Institution
  • Dean's List Spring 2015
  • President's List Fall 2015 - Fall 2016
  • International Honor Society in Education Member Spring 2016 - Fall 2016
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Presented at The Growing Professionally Conference Spring 2016
Professional Teaching Experience

Third Grade Teacher  2017 - 2019 

6311 Baseline Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

  • Enrollment Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Pod Leader 
  • Presented at Professional Day for Catholic school teachers and staff
Work History
Third Grade Teacher, 2017 to 2019
St. Theresa Catholic School Little Rock
Substitute Teacher, 01/2016 to 05/2016
Springdale School District
  •   substitute experience in kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade  
Resident Assistant, 01/2015 to 01/2016
University of Central Arkansas Housing
Future Education Goals

I plan to return to graduate school to receive a Master's Degree in School Leadership, Management, and Administration. My long term goal is to become an elementary school principal.

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Professional Summary
Enthusiastic Kindergarten teacher with a knack for making learning exciting and enjoyable. Motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. Caring Teacher demonstrating skill in strategic classroom management and effective discipline. Teacher focused on implementing highly effective instructional practices to improve student learning and academic performance.
  • DIBELS knowledge
  • Positive and encouraging
  • Creative lesson planning
  • Instructional best practices
  • SMART Board aptitude
  • RTI familiarity
  • Thematic units
  • Technology Integration
  • KWL
  • Assessment Tools
  • Guided Reading
  • Kind and empathetic educator
  • Classroom Management
Work History
08/2017 to Current
First Grade Teacher School District 89-Roosevelt Elementary School Broadview, IL
I instructed 1st grade curriculum by planning and implementing lessons according to district standards and Common Core Standards. I collaborated with administrators on classroom policies, management strategies, and discipline. I provided an inviting, exciting, and challenging learning environment. I also taught students subject material, learning strategies, and social skills. I assessed students progress by administering assessments and evaluated those results.
Kindergarten Teacher School District 89-Jane Addams Elementary School 910 Division St. Melrose Park, IL. 60160
I designed and implemented creative thematic units of study aligned with the standards. I planned curriculum and taught a group of 15-22 kindergarten aged students in subjects including writing, reading, math, science, and social studies.I collaborated in team settings to plan and teach Common Core Standards in a Title 1 school to students including English language learners
08/2008 to 05/2013
Kindergarten Teacher School District 89- Roosevelt Elementary School 1927 St. 15th Ave. Broaview, IL. 60155
I designed and implemented creative thematic units of study aligned with the standards. I planned curriculum and taught a group of 15-22 kindergarten aged students in subjects including writing, reading, math, science, and social studies.I collaborated in team settings to plan and teach Common Core Standards in a Title 1 school to students including English language learners
08/2007 to 05/2008
First Grade Teacher School District 89- Roosevelt Elementary School 1927 S. 15th Ave. Broadview, IL. 60155
Instruct 1st grade curriculum by planning and implementing lessons according to district standards and Common Core Standards.  Enhanced student academic and social growth by using varied activities and teaching strategies. Provided an inviting, exciting, and challenging learning environment.
08/2003 to 05/2007
Preschool Teacher School District 89 906 Walton St. Melrose Park, IL. 60160
  • Encouraged curiosity, exploration and problem-solving appropriate to children's development levels.
  • Incorporated music and play into developmentally appropriate activities.
Endorsement: English as a Second Language
University of Phoenix -

Bachelor of Arts: Reading
St. Xavier Univesity -

Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education
Eastern Illinois University -
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Over ten years of full time teaching experience, as well as several permanent substitute positions. Possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Certified in both elementary and special education in the state of Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Endorsement Elementary, Grades K-6 (013) 
  • Special Education Endorsement Comprehensive, Grades K-12 (165)
09/2014 to 01/2015
6th Grade Special Education Teacher Stamford Public Schools: Scofield Magnet Middle School Stamford, CT
04/2008 to 06/2008
Preschool Special Education Teacher New Fairfield Public Schools: Consolidated School New Fairfield, CT
09/2005 to Current
Religious Education Teacher: Grades 1, 2, 4 St. Mary's Parish Ridgefield, CT
09/2003 to 12/2003
Kindergarten Teacher Hicksville Public Schools: Old Country Road School Hicksville, NY
09/1987 to 06/1992
Kindergarten, First Grade Teacher Ardsley Public Schools: Concord Road School Ardsley, NY
09/1986 to 06/1987
Kindergarten Teacher Greenville Public Schools: Edgemont School Scarsdale, NY
09/1981 to 06/1986
Second Grade Teacher Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich, CT
Special Education Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT Special Education K-12 Cross Endorsement Program
Master of Arts: Elementary Education Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
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Certified to instruct PreK- Grade 3 early childhood programs and classrooms.
Highly experienced Elementary School Teaching Professional with a strong dedication
to Catholic principles incorporated into daily experiences.
  • Dedicated teaching professional with a strong background in providing quality instruction and fostering a love for learning.
  • Proven record of strong classroom management, organization, and effective disciplinary skills.
  • Experience preparing students for the Sacraments at 2nd grade level
  • Responsible and caring professional with a true desire to reach all students and promote growth spiritually, academically, and socially.
Professional Experience
Reading Tutor, Specializing in Students Diagnosed with Dyslexia Apr 2014 to Aug 2017
Keys 2 Read Kildeer, IL
Trained to utilize the Barton Reading/Spelling System to aid children diagnosed with dyslexia
Developed lessons to assist children challenged with reading comprehension
Created individual lessons to assist children with reading, writing, and spelling

Second Grade Teacher Aug 1997 to Jun 1998
Holy Infant Grade School Ballwin, MO
​Developed and instructed age-appropriate lessons that fostered growth in spiritual, physical, social, and cognitive areas.
Communicated weekly with parents to bridge home and school to enhance the learning and growth of all students.

First Grade Teacher Aug 1994 to Jun 1996
Ogden Public Grade School Ogden, IL
Utilized knowledge of various teaching techniques to achieve the success of student learning, including those with IEP's. Worked well with professionals to foster the growth of special needs students.
Participated on a district committee to develop relevant lesson plans in the language arts area in order to fulfill goals and objectives set by the State of Illinois.
Second Grade Teacher Aug 1992 to Jun 1993
St. Patrick's Parish Decatur, IL
Prepared daily lessons for 21 students and prepared them to receive two Blessed Sacraments.
Coordinated with Title I reading professionals to promote reading and writing skills for students that qualified for additional resources.
Created hand-on thematic units to encourage learning in all core subject areas.
Kindergarten Teacher Aug 1993 to Jun 1994
St. Paul's Catholic School Danville , IL
Incorporated core Catholic beliefs and values into daily lessons and situations for full-day kindergarten.
Demonstrated strong skills in phonetic-based reading strategies to foster growth in reading and writing for 21 students. 
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education 1990 Illinois State University Bloomington, IL, USA Type 04 Certificate in Illinois and Missouri
Activities and Honors
Volunteer religious education teacher for 20 years at the elementary level within various Catholic Parishes. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to introduce children to the values and beliefs of the Catholic faith.
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Dedicated educator with over 20 years of experience in the elementary school classroom.  Committed to creating a learning environment that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive for all students, while ensuring individualized instruction based on students' needs and interests. Adept at lesson planning and classroom management with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Characterized as an educator who is enthusiastic, nurturing, empathetic, dedicated, and passionate about the education of young children.  

Core Strengths
  • Delaware Teaching Licensure with Early Childhood/Primary Education endorsement, K-6
  • Curriculum development
  • Differentiated instruction 
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Instructional Coaching

  • Tutoring and counseling
  • Goal setting and curriculum implementation 
  • Creative lesson plan development
  • Classroom management and organizational skills
  • Mentoring of new faculty and staff
  • First Aid and CPR Certified 
Education and Certifications
Delaware Continuing Teaching Licensure 2019 K-6 Permanent Endorsement, issued 1999 Dover, DE
Master of Arts: Specialized Studies in Educational Leadership The American University, School of Education Washington, DC
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education and Cognitive Psychology Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College Nashville, TN
Professional Experience
Lead Teacher in First Grade Classroom 07/2006 to Current Lowell School Washington, DC
  • Instruct students in language arts (reading, writing, word study, and phonics), handwriting, math, social studies, and science curriculum.
  • Create instructional materials and develop strategies to best support each student's learning style and educational needs.
  • Develop updated curriculum goals and standards for 1st grade program as it evolves. 
  • Work to integrate all areas of curriculum with enrichment classes.
  • Coordinate all 1st grade activities, performances, events, field trips, and community service projects. 
Lead Teacher in Kindergarten Classroom 07/2003 to 06/2006 The Country Day School Mclean, VA
  • Collaboratively taught with teachers in two additional kindergarten classrooms.
  • Planned and implemented lesson plans in language arts (reading, writing, word study, and phonics), handwriting, math, science, and social studies curriculum.
  • Integrated curriculum in all subject areas to enhance Reggio Emilia philosophy and developmental approach of program.
  • Created instructional materials and strategies to best support educational and behavioral needs of each student.
Lead Teacher in First Grade Classroom 07/1999 to 06/2000 Tower Hill School Wilmington, DE
  • Implemented lesson plans for language arts (reading, writing, word study, and phonics), math, science, and social studies curriculum units.
  • Worked collaboratively with team members to integrate all areas of curriculum.
  • Created instructional materials and strategies that best supported each student's learning style and educational needs.
Lead Teacher in First Grade Classroom 07/1994 to 06/1999 Washington Episcopal School Bethesda, MD
  • Instructed students in language arts (reading, writing, word study, and phonics) math, and social studies curriculum.
  • Created instructional materials and strategies that best supported each student's learning style and educational needs.
  • Developed updated curriculum goals and standards for school's primary division social studies curriculum.
  • Worked to integrate all areas of curriculum.
  • Coordinated all 1st grade activities, performances, field trips, and community service projects.
Professional Activities and Achievements
  • Participated in school-wide diversity and inclusivity training at Lowell School led by Dr. Derrick Gay (January 2017)
  • Participated in two-day diversity seminar titled, Diversity K-5: Diving into Diversity with Developmental Lenses led by Rodney Glasgow and Angela Garcia (July 2016)
  • Evaluated, revised, and updated 1st grade social studies and diversity curriculum at Lowell School (July 2016 and July 2017)
  • Co-Chair of Instructional Coaching Committee at Lowell School. Refining observation and coaching systems and practices for ongoing colleague to colleague support in classrooms (September 2015-Present) 
  • Co-Faculty Chair of the Lowell Advisory Council  Served as liaison to Head of School to coordinate human resource concerns and support faculty/staff morale (August 2015-June 2017)
  • Advisory Council Member for Provided feedback and suggestions on content and products offered through the website, as well as input on future content and products still in development (February 2013-June 2015)
  • Participated in curriculum development and alignment work for grades K-2 as part of  NAIS school re-accreditation process at Lowell School (April 2013)
  • Educational Consultant for the website, worked to create, edit, and revise on-line educational activities based on national common core curriculum standards for elementary school aged children (June 2012-June 2015)
  • Created First Grade Curriculum Binder for new faculty and staff, outlining all components of core curriculum by content area, as well as providing a scope and sequence for each subject detailing activities, projects, and assessments implemented throughout the school year (Spring 2012).
  • Served as member of the Math Curriculum Committee at Tower Hill School. Met monthly with grade level teachers (K-4) to discuss school-wide math standards and future goals for updating and expanding both classroom materials and curriculum (1)
  • Served as convener and secretary for the School Partnerships Committee at Washington Episcopal School. Supervised meetings and wrote committee mandate outlining outreach curriculum and revision plans for Middle States re-accreditation project (Fall 1998)
  • Trained in Everyday Math, TERC Investigations, Handwriting Without Tears, The Phonovisual Method, Words Their Way, FUNdations (Wilson Language Training), Fauntas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), Responsive Classroom, and Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop programs.
  •  Certifications in CPR/First Aid, HeadsUp Coaches Concussion Training, and Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis Readiness Training.
Academic Awards and Distinctions

                                                              Dean's List of Academic Achievement 

                                   (The American University, 1; Vanderbilt University, Fall 1993)

    Outstanding Professional Promise in Teaching and Learning for Early Childhood and Elementary Education

                                        (Vanderbilt University Commencement Award, Spring 1994)

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    I am a passionate educator who wants to be a teacher in the Academy School District No.20.

  • Colorado Teaching Certificate with Early Childhood and Elementary Education endorsement
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Positive and encouraging
  • Highly organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Purposeful lesson planning
  • Regular collaboration
Work History
First Grade Teacher, 08/2016 to 05/2017
Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences Anchorage, AK
  • Instructed up to 20 students individually and in small groups to meet the academic needs of students.
  • Assessed students using AIMS Web benchmark tests.
  • Utilized Core Knowledge, GoMath, and Connected and Respected curriculum to create engaging, differentiated lesson plans aligned to Alaskan Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.
  • Promoted physical, mental and social development by implementing regular brain breaks and interventions.
  • Collaborated with other teachers and administrators to evaluate and revise lessons and teaching practices
  • Provided a professional development presentation on Core Knowledge curriculum to colleagues.
  • Increased cultural awareness by incorporating children\\'s literature from cultures around the world.
  • Implemented differentiated stations to address the needs of all students.
  • Held students accountable for high expectations within the classroom and throughout the school.
  • Collaborated with parents to support students' learning and healthy development in school and at home:, newsletters, student led conferences, phone calls, and emails.
Substitute Teacher, 01/2016 to 04/2016
Anchorage School District Anchorage, AK
  • Responsible for multiple grade levels (Kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Followed lesson plans and executed them proficiently.
  • Provided teachers ample feedback about the work completed and student success/challenges.
Student Teacher - First Grade, 08/2015 to 12/2015
Ursa Minor Elementary Anchorage, AK
  • In charge of the safety and learning of twenty students, ages six and seven.
  • Created developmentally appropriate lessons and implemented them within the classroom.
  • Provided brain breaks and movement activities when needed.
  • Assisted students who were struggling by working in small intervention groups.
  • Held daily classroom meetings where students were encouraged to share.
  • Facilitated both whole and small group instruction through the use of Houghton Mifflin and GoMath curriculum.
  • Read books to facilitate thoughtful discussions during daily circle time.
  • Presented shared reading and writing lessons to the class.

Bachelor of Arts: Early Childhood Education, 2015
University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, AK
Certification (PreK-3)
Associate of Arts: Education, 2013
New Mexico State University at Alamogordo - Alamogordo, NM
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Professional Summary
Teacher dedicated to implementing highly effective instructional practices to maximize student learning and academic performance.  Knowledge of curriculum development, reading support services and data analysis.
  • Data Analysis 
  • Collaborative partner in curriculum development 
  • Instructional best practices
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Co-teaching experience
  • Positive and encouraging
  • Life long learner
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible

Work History
Reading Specialist, 08/2008 to Current
Winchester Public Schools Winchester, VA
  • Communicate and collaborate with teachers to develop and understand their overall goals and assist with student learning outcomes on an ongoing basis.
  • Assist the Division Instructional Specialist in facilitating bi-weekly team meetings focused on data analysis, Tier I instruction and intervention support 
  • Coach students and teachers in level assessment, guided reading, and effective strategy use.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment tools including PALS, AIMS Web, Rigby and DRA reading assessments to determine student strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Provide small group instruction in effective reading strategies.
  • Differentiate teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Collaborate with administration to plan in-services that promote the overall success of students.

First Grade Teacher, 08/2004 to 06/2008
John Kerr Elementary School Winchester Public Schools Winchester, VA
  •  Assessed students' reading levels using PALS and Rigby reading assessments.
  • Created an enjoyable and interesting learning environment for students each year. 
  • Planned and implemented creative, rigorus lessons in accordance with district and state guidelines.
  • Differentiated teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Collaborated with teammates to group students for Reading and Math Workshops.
  • Communicated with parents through bi-weekly newsletters.
  • Pursued professional development continually by attending educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
  • Represented First Grade as Team Leader for 3 years.

Endorsement for Administration : Current
James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA

Master of Science: Reading Specialist, 2008
Shenandoah University - Winchester, VA

Teaching Certification: Elementary Education, 2003
Shenandoah University - Winchester, VA

Bachelor of Science: Psychology, 1997
Radford University - Radford, VA
Professional Contributions
  • Completed the Leadership Institute Cohort in 2012 
  • Certified in Handle With Care
  • Trained in Wilson 
  • Served as Lead Mentor 2016- present
  • Initiated Student Government (SCA) 2016-17
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Dedicated, resourceful, and goal-driven educator with many years of success teaching classes and developing children's learning ability. Demonstrates superior communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with students, parents, and staff. Desires to inspire children to achieve their best with technology infused, differentiated lesson plans.
  • Lesson planning expertise
  • Technology integration
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Parent relations
  • MTSS / IEP familiarity
  • Goal oriented
  • Life-long learner
11/2014 to Current
First Grade Teacher West DeFuniak Elementary DeFuniak Springs, FL
09/2014 to 11/2014
Fourth Grade Co-Teacher Bay Elementary Santa Rosa Beach, FL
08/2012 to 06/2013
Second Grade Teacher Van R Butler Elementary Santa Rosa Beach, FL
07/2003 to 07/2012
Business Manager DuPage Sew & Vac Lisle, IL
08/2001 to 06/2003
Second Grade Teacher Lakewood Falls Elementary Plainfield, IL
Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts: Early Childhood Education & Psychology National-Louis University Evanston, IL
Century 21 Teacher Training in Technology     2012-2013
Digital Academy 3 Day Workshop     2015-2016
Master ActiveInspire Training     2015-2016
Learning A-Z Resource Academy     2015-2016
Advanced ActiveInspire Training     2016-2017
WCSD Whole Brain Teaching     2016-2017
Differentiation with Jodi OMeara     2016-2017
Teaching Students with Disabilities ESE     2016-2017
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Summary & Accomplishments
  • Positive and caring teacher with a strong background in literacy that believes every child will succeed. 
  • Created a Balanced Literacy Framework for the district and presented strategies for implementation to teachers, which increased student's overall reading levels and fluency. 
  • Awarded several grants to establish a leveled classroom library and home school connection piece focused on raising the achievement of at risk learners. 
  • RTI implementation
  • LLI/Guided Reading experience
  • MAP and AIR trained
  • Balanced Literacy knowledge
  • Orton Gillingham trained
  • Aimsweb trained
  •  KRA administrator
  • Experience with at risk students
Reading Specialist, First Grade, 08/2017 to Current
Loveland Early Childhood Center Loveland, Ohio
• Provided research-based reading intervention utilizing a variety of instructional techniques to meet the individual learning needs of each student.
• Created individualized lessons and Response to Intervention plans for each student while continually progress monitoring to evaluate the student's reading progress towards their goals.
• Conducted quarterly Data Review meetings with our team to present and share the individual progress of each student and plan for future instruction. 
• Implemented a program for at risk students to receive additional one-on-one reading intervention to help build confidence as readers, as well as increase oral reading fluency scores. 
• Collaborated daily with classroom teachers and parents to share student's reading progress, as well as methods and strategies that could be used at home and in the classroom.
Reading Specialist, K-6, 08/2010 to 07/2017
Pattison Elementary School Milford, Ohio

• Utilized running records as well as both formal and informal assessment tools to diagnose and remediate adjusting student's reading instruction as needed.

 • Instructed students using direct multi-sensory hands-on approaches such as the Barton Reading and Spelling System and Orton Gillingham influenced models. 
• Analyzed data and planned intervention for a wide range of learners across multiple grade levels. 
• Administered standardized testing in grades 3-6 and supported students using appropriate accommodations during testing. 

• Planned and implemented both a Family Literacy Night and yearly school-wide Summer Reading Program to increase literacy skills and family involvement.  

First Grade Teacher, 08/1999 to 05/2010
Mulberry/Miami Elementary School Milford, Ohio

• Established a child-centered classroom environment and learning community utilizing positive behavior intervention strategies.

• Planned Guided Reading lessons, as well as phonemic awareness activities based on each child's individual learning style and needs.
• Differentiated lesson plans to meet the needs of all learners.

• Developed engaging thematic units integrating all content areas and technology.
• Mentored first year and cooperating teachers completing their studies. 
• Communicated daily with parents through classroom newsletters and email. 
• Created a Language Arts Curriculum Map and Word Study Pacing Guide for First Grade district-wide. 

Second Grade Teacher, 11/1998 to 06/1999
All Saints School Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Fostered a warm, supportive environment teaching cooperative learning skills to nurture academic, social, and emotional growth for every child.  
Master of Education in Reading: 2004
Xavier University - Cincinnati, OH

Ohio K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement

•Field Experience- Summer Reading Practicum/Camp Lead Teacher   

Bachelor of Science in Education: 1998
Ohio University - Athens, Ohio

• Elementary Education Certificate (grades 1-8)

• Selected to participate in a year long Field Study at Plains Elementary School