Amber Pierce

  • Mangere Bridge New Zealand

Work History

Work History

Social Science Teacher

American Youthworks Charter School

Teaching Achievements

  • Taught Economics, U.S. Government and World Geography at a range of high school levels
  • Created self paced units for students unable to attend school on a regular basis
  • Worked with students that had failed in the public school system
  • Incorporated Green-based community service into the course curriculum
  • Worked with individual students, parents, and school support staff to keep all students in school and successful
  • Practical experience with special needs students, and creating individual educational plans
Feb 2010 - Present

English,Social Studies, and Travel and Tourism Teacher

Onehunga High School

Teaching Achievements

  • Teaching level 9 English, level 10 Social studies and a Level 2 Travel and Tourism Course
  • Taking a team to the Model United Nations Assembly 2010 Conference
  • Chaperoned a Level 2 and 3 Geography Trips
  • Year 10 social studies curriculum co-author
  • Attended AToL training
  • On the health committee
  • Co-manager for OHS Waka Ama team
Aug 2008 - Aug 2009

U.S. History Teacher

Mendez Middle School

Teaching Achievements

  • Taught U.S. history curriculum at the intermediate level
  • Year 9 co-year level advisor
  • Practical experience in addressing achievement gaps, having taught in a school with a large minority population
Jan 2004 - Aug 2007

Social Science Teacher

Nanakuli Intermediate and High School

Teaching Achievements

  • Taught U.S. history, Hawaiian Kingdom, and Pacific Studies to students at an intermediate level
  • Taught Economics, World Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Modern Hawaiian Kingdom, and U.S. government at a range of high school levels
  • Started a school wide reform to include community service in all courses
  • Co-sponsor for the debate team 
  • Level 11 Student Advisor
  • Practical experience with Pacific Islander students
Jan 2005 - Jun 2007

Social Studies Teacher

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

Teaching Achievements

  • Taught social studies with a focus on Pacific societies, part-time position
  • Problem based curriculum enhanced the success of otherwise unsuccessful students
  • Had students work with community and school to provide much needed services such as cleaning public areas, rooting out invasive species within the local parks, and assisting with local food banks
  • Helped organize and run yearly convention for all HI. PAAC student, every convention revolved around a student led simulation, topic included terrorism, Israel-Palestinian Conflict, and the conditions and responsibility of giving International aid.

Education

Education
Jul 2007 - Aug 2007

Teaching Certificate

Trinity University
  • Acquired a certificate for Teaching English as a foreign language to students and adults
  • Over 60 hours teaching adults within the Prague community
  • Focus on providing interactive student lead lessons, with applications in real world settings
Aug 1999 - Dec 2003

Bachelors of Science

Illinois State University
  • NZQA Assessed as Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences (Secondary) at Level 7
  • Major in Social Sciences at both intermediate and high school level
  • Focus in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and World History
  • Completed Student Teaching in Winter 2004 at Nui Valley Middle School, Hawai'i Kai HI. and received excellent reviews from both Cooperating Teaching and ISU Advisor

Highlights

- Seven years teaching experience

- Ability to teach Business, Social Studies, and English

- NZQA assessed and NZTC registered

- Familiarity with the NZ

  curriculum, NCEA assessment,

  and Te Kotahitanga

  programme

- Excellent communicator

- Very strong ICT skills

Immigration Status

NZQA Qualification Assessment:

  Completed Level 7

NZ Teacher's Council Registration:

  Completed # 319702

NZ Permanent Residency Permit

  Granted 12/1/2010

Attributes

  • Excellent communicator, very personable
  • Experience working in a diverse classroom setting
  • Strong and proven ability to engage students
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Broad life and travel experiences (Including teacher exchange trip to Turkey in 2009)
  • Strong knowledge of subject matter with ability to relate to current events
  • Excellent ICT and technical skills
  • Eager to coach sports and/or be involved in other extracurricular activities

Specialist Subjects

  • Business
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Travel and Tourism

Future Goals

The 2010 school year has been a fantastic experience.  I have had the unique experience of working with both the Social Science and English departments.  This has enabled me to witness the similarities between the curriculum and skills being taught in the disciplines.   With the help of Mr. Harris and Mrs. Heather I have spear headed an effort to begin to create a junior English and Social Studies curriculum that reinforce each other. 

One of my goals for the 2011 school year is to continue to use my familiarity with both the junior English and Social Studies curriculum to create a foundation of shared literary skills and exceptions throughout all classes.  Currently, both subjects assess essay writing, speeches, and drawing conclusions from a text, among other skills. What both subjects lack is a standardized success criteria.  Instead of students learning one form of essay writing in English and another in social studies, they will be taught and assessed in both courses in a manner that will better prepare them for NCEA exams and further education.

I have also been excited to see many of the same topics being taught in both curriculum.  My year 10 social studies students had the accidental benefit of learning about Apartheid in South Africa in my class, while completing a film study on District 9, an analogy of the treatment of Africans in Johannesburg.  Students were able to use their knowledge from both Mr. Carr and my own course to enhance their achievement in both classes.  I have already begun to work with both departments to create more cross curricular themes.  Besides enabling students to go into even grater depth on topics shared themes within the two courses will enable greater resource sharing between the departments.  Students reading the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel, is a far better and cheaper resource then any history textbook.

I have always believed that a good social studies curriculum has a strong base of literary skills, and a strong English analysis requires a complete understanding of the historical situation.  My goal in the 2011 school year is to create an English and Social Studies dept. that work hand in hand with each other.  The students have clear expectations of all literary skills, and greater understanding of cultural and historical settings of novels, short stories, and visual studied in their English classes.

References

References

David Levee

Deidre Shea

Chris Harris