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Summary

Education is a vehicle of change to the quality of life of individuals. My personal mission is to change the way education is perceived in the classroom through facilitating a creative environment for students and providing each individual with an opportunity to learn.

Academic Postitions

2014Present

Adjunct Professor

Universidad Panamericana - Centro de Idiomas
  • Find and adapt various learning materials to fit the needs of students in Advanced language classes.
  • Create hybrid classes in Moodle for online and classroom learning experiences.
  • Establish an atmosphere of respect and comfort to encourage students to use their full expression of the English language. 
  • Guide students through Peer to Peer learning experiences and promote autonomy through independent tasks.
  • Encourage creativity and divergent thinking skills through non-traditional collaborative problem solving projects.
2017Present

Adjunct Professor: Maestria en la Enseñanza del Ingles como Lengua Extranjera

Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Developed and implemented a seminar on APA style and scientific research writing.
  • Evaluated master degree participants for eligibility to program.
20162018

English Professor

Solfeggio 528
  • Developed four levels of English for Music Business. 
  • Assess and evaluate students.
  • Encourage students to connect English to their interest in music. 
20162017

Adjunct Professor: School of Pedagogy

Universidad Panamericana - Escuela de Pedagogía
  • Designed semester long seminar on Language Intervention Strategies and Language development.
  • Facilitate and guide students in courses for pedagogs.
  • Wrote course materials such as syllabi, handouts and homework assignments.
20142015

English Professor

Escuela Culinary Internacional
  • Planned, prepared and delivered Advanced level English Classes.
  • Focused lessons on business and culinary English.
  • Provided interactive and challenging tasks for students to develop their daily language skills.
  • Created assessments to monitor student progress. 
20132014

Professor - English Education for Teachers

Universidad Del Valle Atemajac
  • Planned, prepared and delivered instructional activities geared toward teaching methodologies for teaching in a bilingual environment.
  • Provided a variety of learning materials and resources for practical use in classrooms.
  • Facilitated interactive classroom experiences for upcoming teachers through discussions, simulations and pedagogical background.
20132014

Lower Elementary School Coordinator

Instutito Thomas Jefferson Campus Valle Real
  • Worked as intermediary between administration and Elementary teachers.
  • Planned and implemented team meetings.
  • Provided continuous support to all Elementary teachers and students.
  • Assisted in teacher training and monitoring including formal observations.
  • Assisted in the development of a new literacy curriculum for Elementary.
  • Provided general support for the new members of the ITJ family during the founding year of the new campus.
20112014

Second Grade Homeroom Teacher

Instituto Thomas Jefferson - Campus Palomar
  • Structured and designed creative lesson plans used to teach a diverse group of students and subjects.
  • Developed interdisciplinary PBL projects aimed at imitating real life challenges.
  • Frequently monitored and assessed the learning of all students and adjust instruction to better meet their needs.
  • Established and promoted a classroom environment that was safe, respectful, flexible, and conducive to learning.
  • Fostered strong parent-teacher relations.
  • Observed and evaluated student's performance and development.
20102011

Assistant Preschool Teacher

The Christopher House, Chicago Illinois 
  • Established a Preschool Curriculum of Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
  • Differentiated curriculum for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
  • Created and implemented a daily class schedule.
  • Applied the Illinois learning standards and benchmarks.
  • Created assessments and curriculum goals.
  • Adapted lessons and small group instruction for a variety of learners.
  • Integrated music and art into lessons.
  • Helped plan and organize field trips for students and community projects for families.
  • Planned hands-on activities and projects.
  • Led parent teacher conferences and conducted home visits.
  • Instructed lessons in English and Spanish.

Education

20122014

Masters in Education

Framingham State University – Massachusetts

Masters in education with a focus in International Education.
The program centered on educating students from preschool though higher education. Focusing on how to differentiate depending on the international student’s needs

20062010

Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Child Development

Columbia College Chicago - The Harris Center for Early Childhood Education

ECE Teacher Certification: Type 04
The program combines an arts integrated professional education core with an emphasis on the Reggio Emilia Approach and a focused study in the visual arts, performing arts, or language and culture. 

Minor: Literature

20082010

Independent Spanish Classes

Spanish Horizons

Research Supervision

Reader of the the following Masters theses in Maestria en la Enseñanza del Ingles como Lengua Extranjera at the Universidad de Guadalajara.

Leticia Muñoz Rodríguez, Variables that Cause Levels of Anxiety in Students Learning English as
a Foreign Language and Inhibit them from Speaking. From August 2017 - December 2017

Leonardo Arturo Rivas Rivas, The Identity of English Language  Learners with Specific Learning Differences in a Language School with a Varied Age Population in Central Mexico. Current 

Liliana Perdin Ortiz, Effects of Teaching Verb-Noun Collocations Through American TV Series on Oral Interactions Among Teen Students of Técnica 18 Secondary School, in Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. Current 

Research Projects

Creativity as Context in the ESL classroom                                                                    2016-2017

Grant from the Universidad Panamericana for an investigation into the teaching of creativity and creative thinking skills and it's impact on second language learning and TOEIC test scores.

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Presentor
5th International English Language Teachers Conference - Piura, Peru                                    July 2018 
Using podcasts in the ESL classroom - Podcasts the Worlds Most Affordable Language
Library 

TESOL Presenter                                                                                                                           May  2017
Universidad de Sabana - Chia, Colombia 
Presented year long research (Creativity as Context) in a workshop for TESOL Colombia II: 

Think global, act local: Connecting and Innovating in ELT 

Research Colloquium                                                                                                                          July  2017
Universidad de Guadalajara - MEILE
Provided feedback to master's graduates on their thesis proposals                                         

WIESCO Summer Language Camp, Plunge Lithuania                                                      August   2009 
Lead Teacher in the 16-18 year old classroom.
Designed Lessons for students ages 11-18 based around language, literacy and critical thinking.
Designed and facilitated extracurricular activities for the camp.

Practicum Experience

Thomas J. Waters, Chicago, Il.                                                                                                     2009 - 2010

  • Responsible for all aspects of teaching in a 3rd grade classroom including planning and implementing curriculum, assessments and classroom management in a diverse Chicago Public school. Experience with Story Town, Trail Blazers, Guided Reading and Literature Circles.
  • Designed a creative writing unit to foster creative and emotional development.
  • Worked directly with my mentor teacher during parent teacher conferences.
  • Helped proctor the 3rd grade I-SAT test. Designed practice work for students prior the test.
  • Participated in School wide fund raising events.

Chicago Laboratory School                                                                                                          2008-2009

  • Designed and implemented a 2 week curriculum on Cats and Dogs based on The ideas of the students during a 15 week student teaching placement.
  • Responsible for group time discussions and art based activities.
  • Assisted the teacher and co-teachers with daily activities and lessons.
  • Documented, assessed, an adapted curriculum to a variety of students abilities.
  • Assisted students in developing their creativity and self-expression through various art forms and media.

Skills

Technology

Proficient in Microsoft Office, Googledocs, Web design, Prezi, Smartboard Technology, Edline, and Moodle.

Curriculum and Course Development

Developed many different levels of curriculum and course development, mainly in the area of Language Arts/Literacy, ESL and teacher education. 

Spanish

Advanced Spanish. High proficiency in conversational, reading and written Spanish.

Teamwork

Both led and participated in different size groups and committees throughout my teaching career.