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Summary

Experienced Professional Educator with a genuine interest in children and a respect for their individuality, willing to provide an opportunity for students to promote life-long learning beginning at an early age. Able to utilize effective classroom management and effectively communicate with students, co-workers and parents to establish a positive relationship. A quick learner with new concepts and technology who can encourage critical thinking using a variety of teaching methods designed to engage students' interests and enhance individual learning.

Work experience

Comstock Community Learning Center

Aug 2014Present

GSRP Lead Teacher

Plan lessons for 16 four year olds using Creative Curriculum. Provide differentiated instruction based on the needs of each child, using small groups. Maintain a positive classroom. Assess students using the ASQ-3 and Creative Curriculum. Use positive behavior strategies. Build and maintain positive relationships with parents/caregivers and the students. Incorporate the Teacher's Assistant as part of the classroom team.

Van Buren ISD- Project NOMAD

Jun 2013present

Preschool Lead Teacher for Summer Migrant Program

Plan lessons using Creative Curriculum for up to 39 two and a half to three year old migrant children who come to our program for 7 weeks during the summer while their parents and family are working for the farms in the area. Build and maintain a positive relationship with the students speaking in both Spanish and English. Assess the students using Creative Curriculum, ASQ-3 and IGDI. Care for the needs of the students in the room, especially by providing comfort when they are feeling scared or sick.

KRESA Head Start

Aug 2013Jun 2014

Head Start Lead Teacher

Planned lessons for 18 four year olds using the OWL and Creative Curriculum. Provided differentiated instruction based on the needs of each child, using small groups. Maintained a positive classroom. Assessed students using the ASQ-3, Creative Curriculum and the PELI.  Used positive behavior strategies. Built and maintained positive relationships with parents/caregivers and the students. Incorporated the Teacher's Assistant and Aide as part of the classroom team.

Comstock Community Learning Center- G.S.R.P.

Jan 2012Jun 2013

Co-Teacher

Completed daily Behavior Reports for several children in the classroom. Assisted classroom teacher with the implementation and instruction of lessons using Creative Curriculum. Supervised the classroom when the teacher needed to speak to a parent, another teacher or children. Took over the classroom if the teacher was going to be out of the classroom for the day. Taught lessons in different content areas. Built and maintained positive relationships with parents/caregivers and the students. 

Battle Creek Christian Daycare

Oct 2011Jan 2012

Infant/Toddler Teacher

Communicated students' progress to parents through daily reports.

Planed lesson for children age fifteen to seventeen months of age.

Cared for children's basic needs.

Coldwater Community Schools

Nov 2010Jun 2011

Para Professional

Set up and supervised daily projects. Shadowed child and completed daily Behavior Report to be sent home. Supervised classroom when teacher needed to attend to other matters with parents, other teachers or children. Communicated with parents on the progress of their children. Interacted with children in a caring, nurturing manner. Assisted in assessing children using the High/Scope Curriculum.

Y.W.C.A.

Dec 2007Jun 2010

Lead Teacher- Infant Room

Planned developmentally appropriate lessons and taught in a NAEYC accredited classroom with infants ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 months. Communicated students’ progress to parents through daily reports. Wrote monthly newsletters to keep parents informed on the goings-on of the Center and classroom. Evaluated children using the ASQ-3 Used basic sign language with the children to help them verbalize their needs.

PetSmart

Jul 2005Aug 2007

Lead Pet Care Associate

Planned weekly tasks and designated tasks to associates. Cared for all of the animals that are housed in the store. Used technology for inventory, record keeping and communication.

Portage Public Schools

Aug 1998May 2005

Substitute Teacher

Managed classrooms ranging from Kindergarten to twelfth grade on an "as needed" basis. Maintained classroom consistency in an unfamiliar environment. Became acquainted with various curriculums, objectives and assessment procedures

Also was a substitute at Lakeview Public School District, Battle Creek, Michigan

Harper Creek Public School District, Battle Creek, Michigan

Athens Area Schools, Athens, Michigan

Pennfield Public Schools,Battle Creek, Michigan

Child Development Center

Jun 2004Oct 2004

Lead Teacher

Taught lessons and cared for children age eighteen months to two and a half years old. Recorded daily activities for each child and communicated with parents on child's progress.

Jumpstart Day Care

Feb 2004May 2004

Teacher

Planned lessons and taught in a two and a half year old to five year old classroom.Communicated students' progress to parents through daily reports and center-wide newsletters

Oakland Academy

Aug 2002Jun 2003

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Assisted classroom teacher in planning, instruction and evaluation of 20 kindergarten students with diverse backgrounds and at different instructional levels. Utilized positive, hand-on approaches and effective classroom management to meet grade level objectives in all subjects with an average of 95% mastery for students. Used technology for record keeping and instruction. Effectively communicated with parents through newsletters, weekly progress reports and conferences. Took over classroom for 10 weeks between Jan. and Mar. 2003 during classroom teacher's maternity leave.  Served Oakland Academy as an "as-needed" substitute teacher and a math and reading tutor.

Branch Gymnastics

Aug 2002Jun 2003

Instructor

Coached children on basic skills in gymnastics and motivated them to put forth their best effort. Evaluated children on the skills that they attained throughout the year and placed them in different levels according to their ability.

Oakland Academy

Aug 2001Jun 2002

First Grade Co-Teacher

Assisted classroom teacher in planning, instruction and evaluation of first grade math and science objectives. Utilized technology for record keeping and classroom management. Assisted classroom teacher in classroom management and behavioral planning for all students, including students with emotional impairments. Effectively communicated with parents through newsletters, weekly progress reports and conferences. Served Oakland Academy as an “as-needed” substitute teacher.

Westlake Elementary

Jan 2000Apr 2000

Intern Teacher

Taught all content areas to 23 second- graders using different teaching techniques to meet individual needs of students and classroom objectives. Maintained a positive and successful environment through consistency, flexibility and understanding.

Wood's Lake Elementary

Sep 1999Nov 1999

Pre- Intern Teacher

Taught and assessed units in math and science for 16 second graders. Integrated lessons into the district's curriculum.

Kalamazoo Country Day School

Sep 1999Nov 1999

Pre-Intern Teacher

Planned, taught and assessed lessons using Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences for 12 children in a Pre- Kindergarten classroom. Observed different types of classroom management.

Minges Brook Elementary

Jan 1999Apr 1999

Tutor

Worked with classroom teacher to advance the reading skills of a first grade child. Guided child in reading using different strategies including Running Records and Guided Reading.

Wood's Lake Elementary

Jan 1998Apr 1998

Tutor

Tutored second and third grade children to enhance their reading skills. Worked with basal reading books and encouraged writing skills.

Education

Western Michigan University

Jan 1994Apr 2000

Bachelor of Science

Michigan Provisional Certification

�All Subjects K-5 (CC)

�Early Childhood Specialist (ZA)

�Spanish (FF)

�Science 6-8 (DX)

Volunteer Work

* Sophie de Marsac Campau Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter

Junior Member

Project Patriot Chairman

National Defense Chairman

* Great Lakes Burn Camp Counselor

2010- 2013

* Calhoun County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) member

2010- present

* Calhoun County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team member

Jan. 2012- present

NASAR trained and certified

* Volunteer at the 110th Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek

Family Support

Oct. 2012- Dec. 2016

* Cereal City M.O.M.M.A.S. Blue Star Mothers Chapter #195

Recording Secretary

July 2014- present

*Talons Out Honor Flight

Volunteer

2014-present

Honors

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Recipient 1993-2000

Dean's List 1998

Interest

Music, Theater, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Reading

Strengths

Adaptability

- Live in the moment. Choices made now create the future. Flexible and can stay productive when the demands of work pull in different directions.

Includer

- Want to include people and make them feel part of the group.Instinctively accepting person.

Maximizer

- Search out strengths in myself and others. Compelled to nurture, refine and stretch strength towards excellence.

Positivity

- Generous with praise and celebrate every achievement.

Strategic

- Sort through clutter to find the best route. Can see patterns where others see complexity and this helps to evaluate potential obstacles.

Certificates and Trainings

Certifications

B.E.R.T.S. and NASAR

Sep 2012Present

NASAR SARTECH II

Red Cross

Sep 2016Sep 2017

First Aid/CPR/AED/ Bloodborne Pathogens

Parents as Teachers

Mar 2010Mar 2011

Parents as Teachers- Born to Learn