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Education

Sep 2010May 2011

Bachelor of Education

Nipissing University - Schulich School of Education

Practicum Experience 

St. Catherine of Siena School, Grade 1           

May 2011

Holy Cross School, Grade 3/4        

February/March 2011

- formed deep and meaningful bonds with the students

- taught a rocks and minerals unit with differentiated assessments

- taught 100% for three weeks handling all aspects of classroom management and assessment

St. Catherine of Siena School, Grade 1 

December 2011

- taught lessons daily focusing on literacy, religion and math

- collaborated with Associate Teacher to plan geometry unit

Sep 2003Apr 2008

Bachelor of Science in Psychology [Honours]

University of Windsor

Work experience

Feb 2010Jun 2010

Visa Specialist

TD Canada Trust
  • used outstanding customer service skills to accept inbound calls from TD Visa customers regarding Visa activations, customer questions, balance transfers, etc
  • was required to offer TD Balance Protection upon every card activation and make the customer aware of it's benefits
  • consistently met required sales and call quality targets 
Jul 2010Apr 2010

Student Technological Assistant (STA)

iTeach Extended Learning Program
  • communicated between the iTeach Laptop Learning Program and other educational colleagues, assisted within the iTeach Learning Centre and completed other projects as designated by iTeach personnel 
  • worked one shift of at the iTeach Drop-In Centre weekly for one semester where education students could drop-in for any type of assistance or information pertaining to their laptop or external hard drive  
  • was always available for peer tutoring or laptop assistance through e-mail or in person
  • participated in and assisted various technological workshops 

References

James Catania

James Catania witnessed a great deal of my teaching on my placement. As part of the custodial services he has been exposed to a high number of student teachers and gave me very positive feedback in regards to my enthusiasm and classroom management. 

Kelly Smith

Linda Latella

Linda Latella was my principal when I was in grade 7 and 8. She was also principal of Holy Cross School for the duration of my 6 week placement there.

Letters of Reference

Practice Teaching Reports

Certificates

STA Job Certificates

Original Assessment Examples

Philosophy of Education

Portfolio

Interest

I enjoy working with and being around people of all ages. My talents include playing the piano and creating art (sketching, sculpting, painting). Outside of the arts my favourite subject to learn and teach about is science - especially the biology of living things. My job as a Student Technological Assistant during my year at Nipissing University taught me that I am also interested in learning about new technologies that can be applied in the classroom. I enjoy teaching workshops and troubleshooting computer problems. 

Technology Workshops Completed

SMART Notebook 1

SMART Notebook 2

Garage Band

SMART Response Clickers

HTML Bootcamp

Adobe Photoshop: Tips and Techniques

SMART Board Slam (I assisted)

The Publishing House (I assisted)

Cover Letter

Dear Selection Committee,

I have recently completed my Bachelor of Education at the Nipissing University Schulich School of Education and have created this visual CV with the hopes of attaining a primary or junior position in the Thames Valley School Board or the London District Catholic School Board.

I grew up in the London District Catholic School Board and found it to be a nurturing environment in which I flourished. I believe a classroom is like a family and would love the opportunity to instil my catholic morals upon my students in an exciting and engaging manner. 

I believe I possess the competence to effectively teach all subject areas and have a background in art and science. At Nipissing, I learned valuable lessons about assessing, evaluating, integrating and most of all differentiating. I attended courses that covered all the core subjects as well as courses based on education technology, special education, classroom methods and management. The most valuable aspect of my education at Nipissing was my access to educational technology. I graduated from a laptop based program and worked as a Student Technological Assistant to assist my peers. I got to experiment with all kinds of assistive technology, creative applications and even assist teaching workshops. I am experienced with data projectors, SMART Boards and Response Clickers, for example.

Thank you for considering me as a candidate for one of your teaching positions. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these and other qualifications with you in an interview. If you are interested you are welcome to contact my references. I can be reached at 519-615-8181 or [email protected] 

Sincerely,

Laura Farnsworth