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Chris Farnham

Experienced International Communication and Cross-Cultural Exchange Professional




The University of Vermont

English Literature

Work History

Nov 2015Present

Interventionist-Baird School

The  Howard Center

Burlington, Vermont

  • Teach social and adaptive behavior/emotional skills to students
  • Provide behavior/emotional support and guidance to school aged students to help them get through their school day 
  • Intervene in crisis situations and help students successfully reintegrate into the social milieu 
  • Employ classroom and behavior management techniques to help students remain regulated, and focused on their work
  •  Assist students who struggle academically so they can complete assigned tasks
  • Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams to meet the needs of each student’s individualized behavior and educational plan
  • Plan and implement community based education program in conjunction with the Intensive Services Special Educator 
  • Track client progress, write behavior reports, and  update EHR system and other data tracking platforms
August 2011 July 2015

ESL Teacher/Language and Culture Specialist 

Niji No Kaze Gakkushu Kan "Rainbow Wind Education Center"

Hamamatsu, Japan

  • As the sole non-Japanese staff member, managed after school English programs at several branches of a busy supplemental education institution
  • Taught elementary, junior high, and adult English lessons as requested
  • Coordinated schedules, lesson plans, and special events with teachers and branch managers in Japanese  and English
  • Prepared students for TOEIC, EIKEN, and other English proficiency exams commonly taken in Japan
  • Organized and hosted English language, and American cultural events
  • Recruited and supervised other English teachers who assisted with special events
  • Consulted with Niji No Kaze and client institutions on the creation of English test content and materials
  • Proof read, copy edited, and rewrote English tests and promotional materials to guarantee correct, natural English usage
  • Narrated English listening content for tests and other educational materials
April 2011 June 2015

Free Lance ESL Teacher


Hamamatsu, Japan 

  • Taught English for business  and International communication to adults on behalf of various private, corporate, and government organizations
  • Helped Japanese professionals and job seekers improve their English communication skills and test scores
  • Visited Japanese kindergartens, and led children in  fun physically active English communication lessons 
August 2008 July 2011

Assistant Language Teacher

The Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program

Hamamatsu, Japan

  • Participated in Japan's premier exchange teaching program
  • Developed and implemented junior high school English conversation curriculums
  • Created fun and engaging supplemental materials using Photoshop, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 
  • Taught English conversation classes
  • Team taught English classes with Japanese English teachers
  • Expanded student cultural awareness through special presentations and displays
  • Helped Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian students improve their English communication skills
  • Edited student and teacher writing
January 2008 July 2008

Customer Service Specialist

The Lane Press

South Burlington, Vermont

  • Worked to meet customer needs alongside a dedicated team of acccount managers              
  • Acted on behalf of account managers as a liaison between clients and various Lane Press departments
  • Ensured printing projects were completed on time and according to clients' needs
  • Received page files from publishers and made certain they were complete and correct
September  2006 January  2008

Enterprise Order Coordinator

The Kea Group

 Winooski, Vermont

  • Coordinated order flow, and managed traffic for Nokia's Intellisync division to ensure compliance with federal accounting regulations 
  • Approved purchase orders and issued them to the order processing team
  • Oversaw the order fulfillment and invoicing team to ensure timely delivery
  • Served as the key point of contact for Nokia corporate headquarters, global sales representatives and  distribution partners
  • Created and updated customer accounts in
  • Coordinated with Nokia credit analysts to set and increase customer credit limits
  • Created monthly order, and other reports as requested by Nokia
February  2005 August  2006

Order Processing Specialist/Customer Service Representative

The Kea Group 

 Winooski, Vermont

  • Processed Enterprise purchases in Softrax and
  • Supplied light tech and operational support to customers
  • Provided telephone and email based customer service, and sales support
  • Managed shipping and inventory data