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John Seymour

Lab Extension Specialist At The Regional Educational Laboratory, Mid Atlantic

Skills

MS Office/iWork Proficiency
Highly proficient in MS Office/iWork software suites.
Database Development
Engaged in a continuing effort of relational database development.
Audio-Video Production and Editing
Well versed in audio and video production and editing.
Classroom Instruction
Extensive experience in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms, with the latter concentrating on developmental reading instruction, emphasizing both literary and content area reading skills.
Strategic Planning
Assumed the duties of Strategic Planning Coordinator, to form, organize and facilitate the operations of local education stakeholders made up of faculty, administration, as well as members of the the Board of School Directors, community members and business leaders, in an effort to generate a highly detailed strategic plan - a two year project.
Program Transition
Led an initiative in the design, implementation and successful transitioning from a program that was largely content-driven, lacking in interdisciplinary cooperation and communication, to one that would be student-centered, utilizing teacher teams and included common planning time. In cooperation with faculty designated lead teachers, designed a highly revised schedule that facilitated high levels of flexibility for class meetings, student groupings and interdisciplinary instruction.
Technology Coordination
Engaged in a continuous program to allocate resources, acquire and implement the latest technological tools, provide appropriate professional development programming, in an effort to improve instruction, as well as classroom and administrative management.
Curriculum and Instruction
Directed district-wide efforts in all maters relating to curriculum, instruction and professional development.
Outreach
Engaged in a continual series of needs assessment activities in an effort to assess the needs of education stakeholders regarding appropriate research topics and supporting programs.
Consultant
Successfully initiated operations from a home-based office, as an independent educational contractor, for the purposes of outreach, participant recruiting, research dissemination and professional development programming in support of the research.

Work experience

Middle School Principal

Cambria Heights School District

Served as middle school principal, supervising thirty-five professional and support staff.

•Particular professional areas of interest lie in the application of computer systems for administrative and instructional uses, web page development, utilization of a network as a management tool, as well as curriculum development specifically aimed at the integration of content areas.

•Chairman of the Act 178 (professional development) committee

•Strategic Planning Coordinator.

Assistant Superintendent

Cambria Heights School District

Responsibilities included the development, coordination and supervision of all matters relating to curriculum, instruction and technology.

•Conducted in-house training and demonstrated best practice principles, techniques, procedures and methods

•Supervised 140 paraprofessionals, teachers and administrators in a K-12 setting

•Developed partnerships with other basic education entities and higher education

•Integrated technology into the classroom as an instructional and classroom management tool

Lab Extension Specialist

The Regional Educational Laboratory, Mid-Atlantic

As a Laboratory Extension Specialist, charged the following areas of responsibility:

•To reach out to education stakeholders with information regarding the availability of REL resources and services;

•Solicit information from stakeholders regarding their research and program needs;

•Provide research findings; and to provide technical assistance that respond to expressed needs.

Education

Professional Certificate

The Pennsylvania State University

•A.B.D. - Completed all course work and written comprehensive examination for doctoral program in Education Policy Studies

•Obtained administrative certificates for elementary principal, secondary principal and superintendent