Heather Spangler

  • Cedar Rapids US-IA
Heather Spangler

Objective

To share my love of reading and writing with students in a way that leaves them intrigued, inspired, and better prepared for whatever path they choose outside of my classroom door.

Professional Organizations

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Campus External Relations Group

Service

  • Iowa Youth Writing Project, 2012-2013. Designed curriculum for and led a weekly writers' group for elementary, middle, and high school students involved with the Four Oaks organization. The IYWP is dedicated to "empowering, and inspiring through language arts and creative thinking." IYWP Blog
  • Girls on the Run 2009-2010. Assisted with fundraising for this organization that aims to " inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."
  • Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, 2006. Volunteered to read with, entertain, and be a mentor to kindergarteners in an after school program for low income families.
  • Upward Bound, 2005. Led a group of high school students who planed to be the first in their families to attend college in creating a newsletter to describe their summer camp experience.

Work History

Work History
2005 - Present

Strategic Communications Writer, Director of Alumni Relations

The University of Iowa College of Education
  • Compose features about college events and the work of alumni, faculty, and students for bi-annual magazine, monthly newsletter, annual report, and other publications.
  • Plan and implement alumni communications and reunion events.
  • Maintain the College’s social media presence.
2008 - 2011

Adjunct Instructor

Kirkwood Community College
  • Taught online and on campus writing courses.
  • Courses taught: "Composition I," "Composition II."
2005 - 2005

Reporter

The Press-Citizen
  • Won Best General Feature award in the 2006 Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors Contest for "Out of the Storm," a project detailing the trials of a family displaced after Hurricane Katrina.

Education

Education
2003 - 2005

Master's Professional

The University of Iowa
  • GPA: 3.93
  • Thesis Project: "Salsa Lessons at Cafe Lovish," a narrative nonfiction look at immigration and belonging in Iowa.
  • Relevant Coursework: "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education," "Approaches to Teaching Writing."
  • Teaching Experience: Led two sections of "Media and Consumers," a course meant to polish students' writing and critical reading skills. 
  • Honors: Inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha national honor society.
1999 - 2003

BA

The University of Iowa
  • GPA: 3.6
  • Completed an emphasis in Women's Studies and an honors thesis.
  • On the Dean's List '01, '02 and '03.
2002 - 2003

Kirkwood Community College
  • Experienced life as a Kirkwood Eagle while studying Spanish during summer breaks from the University of Iowa.

Sample Syllabi

References

References

Dora Malech

I reached out to Ms. Malech to help with her project because I enjoy the chance to write with diverse young people and model the reality that the world is full of caring adults who want to see children succeed, no matter their circumstances at home.

Charles Munro

I was among Mr. Munro's first students at the University of Iowa and now work with him to design and carry out courses in the journalism school. Mr. Munro monitors student feedback and course evaluations to determine which courses and which adjunct faculty should remain on the roster.

Alan Peterka

Mr. Peterka hired me to teach online courses for Kirkwood Community College. His team chose my course site as an example to show incoming adjuncts looking for ideas for setting up their own courses.