Amanda Wallace

Amanda Wallace

Interest

  • Member, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 2008 to Present
  • Member, Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (KOTESOL), 2004-2007

Summary

Accomplished, energetic Educational Professional with proven success facilitating instruction in cross-cultural settings seeks a position as a research assistant. Proactive leader able to organize and motivate teams. Superior communication skills, facilitates collaboration among diverse groups. Fluent in English with working knowledge of Spanish and Korean. Technically proficient in Microsoft Office applications; MAC OAS; PC-SAS.

 ~ Ed.M in International Education Policy; Harvard Graduate School of Education: June’09.

~ Achieved excellent student evaluations at Soongsil University—with improving averages each semester.

~ Earned a place as a Full Time Lecturer at Soongsil University after organizing and delivering a demonstration        lesson—with only 15 minutes to prepare.

~ Promoted to Assistant Manager of YES Youngdo English School, managing a team of 12 teachers.

~ Facilitated the development of a Grade 7/8 curriculum by writing vocabulary quizzes and preparing a workbook    for reading comprehension to accompany class textbooks—now in use in 20 YES Youngdo English Schools          nationwide.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Tutor & Mentor

Kinetic Potential Scholars
Aug 2002 - Aug 2009

Curriculum & International Programs Coordinator / Instructor

English Forte Korea

  • Taught courses in writing, introducing Korean students to the components and structure of English academic writing.
  • Designed and implemented a personalized curriculum for Korean students intending to study abroad in North America with the goal of aiding their transition into a new academic environment.
Mar 2005 - Aug 2008

Full-Time Lecturer

Soongsil University

  • Taught in the Freshman English program, facilitating students through 2 mandatory English classes with primary focus on speaking and writing.
  • Implemented complete curriculum to classes of 25—preparing daily lesson plans, grading examinations, and evaluating oral presentations.
  • Provided assistance with English-related reports, presentations, or resumes as a member of the Student Assistant Committee, selected by the Assistant Director.
  • Expanded learning opportunities into the community, teaching Level 1 Conversation and Academic Essay Writing to students, professors, and the public (more than 100 to date) through the Community Program.
  • Placed incoming students into the most appropriate class levels as a member of the Community Program testing committee.
  • Improved elementary and secondary school teachers’ English skills—speaking and writing—through a special program sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education.
  • Facilitated student academic improvement with clear communication of goals and expectations.
  • Collaborated with Korean staff to exchange ideas and improve instruction methods.
  • Maintained accurate, up-to-date records of student progress.

Education

Education
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

Ed.M

Harvard University

  • Coursework: Education Policy Analysis and Research Utilization; Microeconomics: A Policy Tool for Educators; Intermediate Statistics: Applied Regression and Data Analysis; Educational Outcomes in Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Perspectives; Monitoring and Evaluation for ImprovingEducation Systems; Empirical Methods: Introduction to Statistics for Research; ChineseEducation in a Comparative Perspective

  • Active in the Student Admissions Ambassador Program

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Education Policy Analysis and Research Utilization, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fall 2008

~ completed research projects on the education of minority students in the Republic of Korea with a focus on equal educational opportunity for the growing multi-ethnic cohort of students in elementary & secondary schools

Chinese Education in Comparative Perspective, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fall 2008

~ completed a team project proposal for the Chinese government to reform rural education;

~conducted a comparative analysis of education policy for rural areas in China and Mexico.

Monitoring and Evaluation for Improving Education Systems, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Spring 2009

~designed and developed a school-level data collection instrument based on the set of national education indicators for education reform in the Republic of Georgia;

~analyzed a school-level data collection instrument in Egypt

~developed a monitoring and evaluation plan for Foundation Assisted Schools in Pakistan. 

Sep 1995 - May 2000

Bachelor of Arts

University of Alberta, Augustana
  • Senior Thesis: Closing the Circle—Public and Private Domains: An Ethnography of a FeministOrganization
  • Studied at the Pedagogical University “Enrique José Verona” in Cuba for 6 months, focusing on Cuban history, literature, and society
  •  Joined the Canada World Youth Mexico Rural Development Exchange, spending 6 months in local schools on a Canadian Native Reservation, then traveling to Mexico for 6 months in a rural village.

Skills

Skills

Microsoft Office Applications

PC-SAS Statistical Software

At Harvard University completed courses in: Empirical Methods: Introduction to Statistics for Research;  Intermediate Statistics: Applied Regression and Data Analysis

Korean Language

EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY, Seoul, Korea Korean as a Foreign Language Program, 2002-2003