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Elisheba Y. Fowlkes

Educator and Coach

Professional Summary

A highly motivated, dedicated and professional educator with over five years of experience as a coordinator, designer and facilitator of educational experiences for young and adult learners; Collaborative and supportive team member with strong communication and interpersonal skills; Proven ability to build relationships with and among various stakeholders to support the successful implementation of programmatic aims and objectives; strong background in assessment and evaluation 

Qualifications Profile 

  • Masters Degree in Teaching with graduate Level coursework in Educational Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Psychology, Bilingual Education and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Managed a portfolio of 7 Chicago Public Schools and 11 elementary school teachers participating in a two-year school partnership with the museum education department at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Experienced trainer, coach and workshop facilitator in schools and education focused non-profit organizations 
  • Americorp alumni of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program 



Masters of Arts in Teaching

CUNY Queens College, Flushing, NY

Major: Students with Disabilities


Masters of Fine Arts 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Major: Film, Video and New Media 


Bachelors in Arts

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Major: African American Studies 

Relevant Work History

Feb 2019Present

Arts Education Specialist

Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL 
Jul 2014Feb 2019

Teacher Programs Educator and Coach

The Art Institute of Chicago,  Chicago, IL
  • Designed and implemented over 70 professional development hours for teachers participating in TEAM (Thinking Experiences in the Art Museum) program
  • Observed, coached and mentored a cohort of 11 elementary school classroom teachers for two year partnership with Chicago Public Schools 
  • Established quarterly and semi-annual goals to track progress of participating teachers and students  
  • Visited participating classrooms approximately 180 times in two years to model lessons, plan and discuss observations with teachers, meet with principals to share assessment data and program outcomes
  • Maintained coaching log with qualitative and quantitative data to measure impact of program 
  • Designed assessment tools, surveys, questionnaires and other instruments with program evaluators
  • Coordinated tours logistics with museum staff, participating teachers and schools 
  • Trained 15 museum docents in interactive teaching techniques, engaging diverse learners,  and cooperative learning strategies 
  • Organized information sessions to recruit new cohort of teachers 
May 2014July 2014

Pre-Service Institute Instructor

The New Teacher Project, Atlanta, GA
  • Provided direct instruction for 30 pre-service teachers in management strategies and techniques
  • Delivered sequential training with an emphasis on working with diverse learners
  • Facilitated modules based on Teach like a Champion instructional methods
  • Offered ongoing feedback to pre-service teachers as formative and summative assessments of their progress and growth
Aug 2010June 2013

Special Education Lead Teacher and Instructional Coach

New York City Department of Education, New York, NY

Academy for Health Careers High School, Brooklyn, NY  

  • Instructed and served as an advocate for students with a range of learning, emotional and intellectual differences
  • Developed and designed curriculum for English and Social Studies department with a focus on differentiated instruction and arts-integration
  • Coordinated support services for students with special needs with school psychologist, social worker, speech language pathologist and occupational therapy providers 
  • Mentored and coached new teachers in interrelated classrooms in management techniques, response to intervention strategies and workshop models 
Sep 2008Jun 2010

Teaching Fellow

New York City Department of Education, New York, NY

Brooklyn School for Global Studies, Brooklyn, NY

  • Developed a lab site focusing on effective conferencing techniques, whole language instruction and differentiation for English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities 
  • Delivered tiered and scaffolded instruction to 8th grade students in a collaborative team teaching classroom
  • Developed unit and lesson plans based on Teachers College Reading and Writing Project curriculum 
  • Compiled and analyzed data from test scores as member of middle school inquiry team
  • Taught restorative justice techniques as Peer Mediation Coordinator for middle and high schools students
  • Served as 7th grade team chair and organized weekly meetings to review student data

Additional Work Experience



Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Conducted workshops, guided tours, demonstrations on living history sites for school group and public programs 
  • Assisted in the daily operation and interpretation of historic homes in collaboration with other educators and visitor service staff
  • Developed curriculum based on special exhibitions featuring art and artifacts from American history 

School Programs and Outreach Educator

The Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY
  • Taught math, literacy and art making curriculum to elementary school students in over ten New York City public schools
  • Led daily tours for schools, camps and community groups 



Teaching Certification, Students with Disabilities, Grades 5-9

New York State Department of Education

Memberships and Affiliations 

Prep for Prep Alumnae

Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society 


National Council of Teachers of English


MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Google Applications 

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Front end web development, HTML and CSS

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