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Chris Farnham




The University of Vermont

English Literature

Work History

Aug 2017Present

 Classroom Teacher- Baird School

The Howard Center

Burlington, Vermont 

  • Teach all academic subjects in a technology integrated, therapeutic classroom for students  ages 9-11 
  • Differentiate instruction in a mixed level classroom to meet each student's academic level
  • Design and implement standards based academic programming using nationally recognized methods including the Lucy Calkins Readers' and Writers' Workshop systems 
  • Assess student learning and growth through a variety of assessment tools including Fountas & Pinnell, and Word Journeys
  • Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of Special Educators, Specialists, families, public school personnel and other treatment providers to meet the needs of each student’s individualized behavior and educational plans
  • Employ positive classroom and behavior management techniques to help students remain regulated, and focused on their work
  • Design and implement social and behavioral programming
  •  Foster a safe, student centered learning environment 
Dec 2016Aug 2017

Teaching Interventionist-Baird School

The Howard Center

Burlington, Vermont

  • Served as the substitute classroom teacher when regular teachers were absent
  • As a long term substitute, taught all academic subjects in a mixed level classroom for students ages 12-14
  • Engaged in small group and individualized instruction as needed
  • Assisted with standardized testing and other student assessments
  • Managed the school's makers' space
  • Developed and taught hands on makers' space lessons, and activities
  • Supported the behavioral and clinical needs of the school
Nov 2015Nov 2016

Behavior Interventionist-Baird School

The  Howard Center

Burlington, Vermont

  • Taught social and adaptive behavior/emotional skills to students
  • Provided behavior/emotional support and guidance to school aged students to help them get through the school day
  • Intervened in crisis situations and helped students successfully reintegrate into the social milieu
  • Assisted students who struggled academically so they could complete assigned tasks
  • Planned and implemented a community based education program in conjunction with the Intensive Services Special Educator 


Aug 2011July 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, middle school, 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 to assist 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 

Aug 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 lessons and curricula
  • 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

June 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 according to clients' needs

Feb 2005 Jan 2008

Enterprise Order Coordinator/Customer Support Specialist

The Kea Group

 Winooski, Vermont

  • Coordinated order flow, and managed traffic for Nokia's Intellisync division
  • 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 monthly order, and other reports as requested by Nokia
  • Processed Enterprise purchases in Softrax and
  • Provided telephone and email based customer service, and sales support