Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2008 - Present

Reading Plus/PreAlgebra

Finley Jr. High School

Finely Jr. High School, Blue Ribbon School,

6th-8th Grade Reading and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra

  • Teach reading remediation to students in grades 6 through 8. Used self-created materials, novels and Kids' College computer program to help students with vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
  • Teach Pre-Algebra to 7th grade students in an after school program.
  • Assist failing students in 7th  and 8th grade FINO lunch program.
  • Issued bi-monthly progress reports. Kept in contact with parents.
Aug 2007 - May 2008

7th Grade Literature, Language Arts, & Social Studies

Hickory Creek Middle School

Hickory Creek Middle School, Demonstration Middle School, Blue Ribbon, and Horizon School ,

 7th Grade Literature, Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher - Two Extended Leaves

  • Attended training session for ISAT, Extended Response Across the Curriculum, Technology in the Classroom, and Six Traits of Writing.
  • Participated in daily, collaborative team meetings.
  • Created and taught units which incorporated technology, Power Point presentations and current trends in education.
  • Issued bi-monthly progress reports & final grades. Kept in contact with parents through regular emails and phone conversations. Kept score for girl's basketball team. Worked with students during lunch.
Oct 2006 - Feb 2008

Permanent Substitute Teacher

Lemont District 113A

Central & Oakwood Schools, Lemont, IL 06/08, 3rd - 5th & K-2nd Full-Time Substitute

  • Administration personally requested me to fill the permanent substitute position.
  • Reported daily and assigned to various classrooms to teach or to assists special education students with daily tasks.
  • Provided reading/math support for 5th grade pull-out group of 16 students, 3 days/week.
  • Worked collaboratively with teachers and inclusion staff to meet students' needs.
Aug 1998 - May 1999

6th grade Literature, Language Arts, & Social Studies

Grove Jr. High School

Grove Junior High School,

6th Grade Language Arts, Literature and Social Studies Teacher

  • Devised reading units, projects and assessment to develop students' concept of a story. Utilized plot diagrams, character webs, word walls, dramatization and retelling techniques.
  • Taught units on all writing modes. Used self- and peer-editing, writing groups and modeling. Effectively used KWL's, concept webs and dramatization to convey Social Studies curriculum.
  • Participated in TESA and 'Adopt a Student' programs.
  • Supervised after-school programs and outings. Sent home weekly newsletter to parents.
Aug 1995 - May 1998


Oriole Park Elementary School

Oriole Park Elementary School

  • Taught 4th grade self-contained, 3rd-6th grade accelerated reading, 8th grade AP algebra and 6th grade math support teacher, and 1st grade reading support.
  • Used DRTAs, KWLs and story webs to increase interest and comprehension.
  • Taught "hands-on" science program to students in grades 3-8 using self-created booklets, materials and data sheets that corresponded to classroom teacher's science curriculum.
  • Utilized modeling, context clues, phonics, games and sentence strips to assist beginning readers with decoding skills. Implemented a word wall, peer editing, and Author's chair. Used manipulatives to assist students' understanding of various concepts and algorithms.
  • Supervised students in after-school Homework Help and sports programs. Coached math team.





National Louis University

Honor Roll

Endorsed in Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies


Experienced in:

Collaborative, team teaching

Full inclusion


Teaching math in grades 4 through 8

Teaching reading in grades 1 through 8

Teaching social studies in grades 6 through 8

Teaching science in grades 3 through 8

Using district textbooks, novels and creating units and lessons

Extended response writing

Six Traits writing

Utilizing technology in the classroom

Character Counts

Providing support to students in after school and lunch programs

Endorsed in Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies


ExcelEdge, 2008

Trained in and taught ACT testing strategies to juniors at Andrew High School and Lincoln-Way East High School.  Was able to utilize strategies with my middle-level students.