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Chris Farnham



Graduate Coursework

University of California San Diego Extension




The University of Vermont

English Literature

Work History

Aug 2018Present

Communication & Literacy Teacher

Centerpoint School

Winooski, Vermont

  • Teach communication & literacy content and skills to middle and high school students with developmental, emotional and behavioral difficulties such as Complex Trauma, Autism, and other social and emotional challenges
  • Design and Implement proficiency-based Learning  programming that is highly experiential, project-based, and integrates a variety of community resources  to help students meet Vermont PBL graduation requirements
  • Work with students to create differentiated academic programming that recognizes each student's interests and strengths while addressing common core standards as well as  IEP and PLP goals
  • Incorporate social, emotional, and behavioral goals into academic programming 
  • Use a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress
Sep 2018May 2019

Part-Time Teacher

Sylvan Learning

Essex, Vermont

  • Taught literacy and numeracy remediation  to students of all ages using the Sylvan Learning System 
Aug 2017Aug 2018

Classroom Teacher

The Baird School

Burlington, Vermont 

  • Taught all academic subjects in a technology integrated therapeutic classroom for students ages 9-11 
  • Differentiated instruction in a mixed level classroom to meet each student's academic level
  • Designed and implemented standards-based academic programming using nationally recognized methods including the Lucy Calkins Readers' and Writers' Workshop systems 
  • Assessed student learning and growth through a variety of assessment tools including Fountas & Pinnell, and Word Journeys
  • Worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of Special Educators, Specialists, families, public school personnel and others  to meet the needs of each student’s IEP and behavior plan
  • Employed positive classroom and behavior management techniques 
Dec 2016Aug 2017

Teaching Interventionist

The Baird School

Burlington, Vermont

  • Served as the substitute classroom teacher when regular teachers were absent
  •  Taught all academic subjects in a mixed level classroom for students ages 12-14 as a long-term substitute
  • Engaged in small group and individualized instruction as needed
  • Managed the school's makers' space, and taught hands-on makers' space lessons and activities
Nov 2015Nov 2016

Behavior Interventionist

The Baird School

Burlington, Vermont

  • Taught social and adaptive behavior/emotional skills to students
  • Provided behavior/emotional, and academic  support  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
  • 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

  • Managed after-school English programs for elementary and middle school students  at several branches of a busy supplemental education institution
  • 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
  • Consulted with Niji No Kaze and client institutions on the creation of English test content and materials
  • Proofread, copy edited, and rewrote English tests and promotional materials to guarantee correct, natural English usage
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

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 

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