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Work experience

Aug 2004Present

English Teacher

Gaston County Schools: Ashbrook High School
Accomplishments ·SIT Chair, 2010-2012 ·Pinnacle Leader, Group XV, Summer 2010-11 ·Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2009-10 ·Peer Trainer, Quadrant D Training, 2009-10 ·National Board Certification, 2009 ·SIT Member, 2008-10 I just finished my eighth year teaching English at Ashbrook High School. Most of my time has been spent working with ninth grade students, but I have also taught English II and Creative Writing.
Aug 2008Present


Sylvan Learning Center


Jun 2010Present

Master of Education

Grand Canyon University

I am currently taking my first online class in pursuit of my Master's Degree. The course is heavily research based and is rather challenging! However, I am excited to be pursuing higher education. Getting my master's degree has been a goal for many years and only now have I begun pursuing it. I am very proud and excited!

Sep 1999May 2004

Bachelor of Science

St. Cloud State University

I had an outstanding undergraduate experience at SCSU. In addition to maintaining a 3.88 GPA, I completed over 100 volunteer hours per year with Z-Club, programmed major campus and community events with the University Program Board, and toued Europe with the Concert and Chamber Choirs. I was even elected homecoming king my junior year!

I graduated with highest honors from my program, receiving certification in Elementary as well as Middle School English and Social Studies. I also completed a minor in Music and fell only two classes short of a Creative Writing minor.



I have a lot of diverse interests! I love trying new things and experiencing life. More than anything, I enjoy live theatre and concerts. I'll be going to see the Goo Goo Dolls in August!

I love the outdoors--some of my favorite locations in the area are Crowder's Mountain and the National Whitewater Center.

I also like to play inside. I'm an avid gamer (mostly XBox 360 and Wii), and I also enjoy reading and writing fiction and poetry. This year I plan on participating in NANO (National Novel Writing Month). My favorite author is Neil Gaiman.

I'm a bit of a technology fiend. In addition to my video games, I'm addicted to my iPhone. I'm desperate to get iPhone 4. I also want an iPad pretty badly if for no other reason than to have one. This year I bought a Honda Insight because I think being green is very important. I like how technology not only entertains us but also elevates our lives to a richer level and allows us to take better care of our world.

I almost forgot to mention ink! I have ten tattoos.

Thanks for taking the time getting to know me! I'm excited to be part of Pinnacle XV.


Jesse Birnstihl