Summary

With nearly 10 years professional experience in English education, Amy Lynn Balsley is the bilingual community activist you have been waiting for! Dynamic, driven, and dedicated to local grassroots organizations, she will continue to lend her personal blend of enthusiasm, heart, and whip-smart intellect to promoting social welfare, economic justice, civil liberties, artistic expression, and good-old democracy throughout the land.

Objective

To empower others to live peaceful, sustainable, compassionate lives through education and community activism.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2012 - Present

English Teacher / Drama Advisor

Crescent Valley Public Charter School

Develop and supervise the implementation of individualized academic plans with  independent study high school students following a personalized learning charter school mode. Integrated CAHSEE and CST preparation with newly adopted national Common Core standards for grades 9-12 English. Design, produce, and maintain resources for student-led drama/performing arts programs with a diverse population of GATE, at-risk, and SPED student populations.

Nov 2010 - Mar 2011

English Teacher

Green Acres Middle School

Adapted Kagan-style group structures to successfully integrate autistic students into heterogeneous study teams and develop appropriate social interaction skills to meet IEP/504 goals for emotionally and learning disabled students in a bustling (40+ students) mainstream classroom setting.

Jun 2008 - Jun 2010

English Teacher / SDAIE, Assistant Debate Coach

Sanger High School

Focus on Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) curriculum alignment with grade-level standards. Designed and implemented scaffolding techniques adapted from SDAIE, ESL/ELD, and Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) to raise average scores from far below basic to basic during 2008-2009 academic year. As Assistant Debate/Forensics Coach, qualified a first year Freshman/Sophomore Duo Interpretation team to the State Championship Tournament.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2008

English Teacher

Teilman Education Center

Utilize individualized student assessment data to plan and implement extensive remediation in basic language arts, ELD grades 7-10. Anecdotal Records/Monitoring of Behavior Modification Plans;  IEP/504 Collaboration and Designation.

Jun 2005 - Apr 2006

Academic Mentor

YouthServe AmeriCorps

Mentor at-risk youth in a self-contained classroom at an Alternative Education Middle School. Design and supervise service-learning projects to supplement language arts curriculum, in addition to providing individual anger-management and conflict-resolution counseling programs.

Education

Education
Apr 2011 - Aug 2012

Master of Arts

National University

Planned communication campaigns by producing multi-public, multi-channel communication campaign planning documents.

Managed communication campaigns by producing budgets, task lists, and schedules in project management software.

Applied formative research to develop communication campaigns and messages.

Created persuasive campaigns that meet high ethical standards by producing messages.

Evaluated effective communication campaigns by conducting summative research.

Delived professional-level presentations in the online environment.

Demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills by participating in group tasks and presentations as leader and team member.

Aug 2007 - May 2009

Single Subject Teaching Credential

California State University, Fresno

Honors: Kremen School of Education Alumni Association Scholarship, Fall 2007.

Activities: Teaching full-time through campus Pre-Internship and Internship Programs.

Aug 2001 - May 2005

Bachelor of Arts

California State University, Long Beach

Cum Laude Graduate, President’s Academic Scholarship, University Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa

Activities: Tutor ELD/Composition through CAMP / PUENTE Project, English Club Vice President.

Skills

Skills

Proficient in French

Proficiently read/write/speak French, with academic focus on legal documents for primary source research. Four years formal study, including college literature and critical theory courses. Travel to Western Europe and Canada (Toronto/Quebec/Manitoba) for practical language experience.

Bilingual English/Spanish

Fluently read/ write/ speak English & Spanish. Nine years formal instruction in Spanish language, including upper division Spanish Literature courses. Daily application of target language professionally to communicate with students, parents, and staff, as well as to develop SDAIE/ELD/ESL strategies to scaffold grade-level California State ELA Standards for non-native English speakers. Travel to Mexico, Western Europe, and throughout California's agricultural belt for practical language experience.