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Aug 2008Present

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 2007May 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 2006Feb 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 1998May 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 1995May 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


Wally Hamann

"Joyce's performance rating was an 'Excellent' . . . "

"She is very organized and has an excellent work ethic and good people skills."

"I would recommend her for any teaching job anywhere and would hire her back if the chance occured."

Gina Rodewald

"Her commitment to the education of students is evidenced by her flexibility and willingness to tackle any classroom and/or student situation with which she is presented."

"She is pleasant, cooperative, accomodating, and team oriented."

Gail Szulcz

"Joyce will be missed by the students, staff , parents, and myself."

" She was my 'go-to' person and could always be trusted to do a great job with whatever position I assigned her."

Kevin Suchinski

"She is extremely reflective, collaborative, and hard working."

"She handled her responsibilities with great diligence, exhibited good judgement, and willingness to problem solve."

"...developed strategies to address the needs of middle level students."

'. . . she always looked to make personal connections and was willing to go the extra mile for the students."

Patricia Ryan

"Joyce is organized, innovative, and always ready to accept a challenge. "

"Her genuine warmth is evident whether she is working with students, parents, administrators or coworkers."

"Joyce is the type of person who takes the initiative. . .  Her sense of responsibility and winning personality make her an ideal coworker."


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.