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Andy Jaramillo

Black and Gold Theatre Director - Mesa Middle School



Items below include Unit Plans, Outlines, and Production Experience, as well as a Work Sample that was used as context for a Unit Plan.

Work History

Jan 2013Present

Drama Teacher

Mesa Middle School

Collaborated with students, teachers, parents, and professionals to educate students and develop positive work habits within the context of a Drama classroom, Play and Musical Productions, a Drama Club, a Student Leadership group, and as a component of a larger school of learning teams. Provided all students with opportunities to create, perform, and critically respond in group and individual projects where they explored drama concepts that connect to experiences beyond the classroom. Accomplishments:

*In the past two and half years at Mesa, my students, coworkers, and I have established an impactful Drama Program in the following ways:

- Student-Driven work in the classroom and in after school productions.

- Establishment of a Student-Led Theatre Council that allows students to lead the department in making decisions.

- Successful Charter and growth of International Junior Thespian Troupe 89186, which leads an after school Drama Club, and has participated in the State and National Junior Thespian Festival Workshops and Individual Performances to get students involved in a safe space and provide opportunities for more in-depth theatre experiences.

- Recognition for students who have qualified for the International Thespian Conference and attendance at an arts magnet school.

- 5 successful Musical and Play productions in 5 semesters, where an increased technical and acting rigor was established in productions that are student-run. I believe we succeeded in our top priority of empowering many students who experienced great performances and wonderful audience support.

- Cultivation of a community where students, families, and teachers have a safe space to get involved in various opportunities and create performances that are a point of pride for our school.

Jun 2008Present

Head Teacher/ Asst. Teacher from 2008 - 2012

Denver Center Theatre Academy

Facilitated classroom activities as a seasonal worker in the Denver Center Theatre Academy's Children's Summer Series. Led short lessons and games for students (age range: 5 - 12 years) in weekday theatre skill and production camps.


-Growth from a Teaching Assistant to a Specials Assistant to a Head Teacher

-Success in leading classes of various ages through a diverse and engaging curriculum that involves not only stage performances, but also improvisation, film acting, music, culture, technical theatre, art, and unique performance arts.

- Successful collaboration with a dynamic and extensive group of teaching artists in the Denver Area.

Aug 2012Dec 2012

Student Teacher (Drama)

Mountain Vista High School

Collaborated with teachers and building professionals and worked with students grade level 9 - 12. Led classes, planned units through backwards design, co-planned lessons, and team taught in acting, technical theatre, and choir classes. Achieved desired outcomes for many students, and used drama as a vehicle for students to sustain outside learning.Accomplishments:

- Produced, Directed, and worked with students to rehearse and perform a successful Freshman/ Sophomore Play.

- Facilitated the safe transport and activity of students involved in the Colorado State Thespian Conference.

- Created a safe classroom environment in every class that allowed for all students to participate and invest in their projects so that they could grow and have fun.


Aug 2008Present

Bachelor of Arts

University of Northern Colorado

B.A. 2012; GPA 3.87

Major - Theatre Arts

Major Concentration - Secondary Education 

Major Concentration - Secondary Licensure

Minor: English

Minor: Music

Academic Honors:

-Dean's List of Distinction - 24 Credits taken in the Academic Year, GPA of 3.75 or higher.

-UNC Dept. of Theatre and Dance Scholarship - Leadership shown in the Department

-UNC President's Scholarship - Demonstrates High Levels of Academic Achievement

-CDE Robert Byrd Scholarship - Demonstrate Promise for Continued Excellence while Pursuing a Degree in the Field of Education