Laura Larsen

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

Mathematics Educator

Ballou STAY High School

Accountable for the design and delivery of effective instruction to an average of 90 students, many of whom had been previously unsuccessful in school and were returning to the classroom after many years absence.

Develop and implement curriculum materials to meet state standards and lesson objectives, incorporating experimental learning including lesson plans; and interactive, step by step, motion filled Power Points to enrich the classroom experience.

Incorporate technology and project-based instruction in the classroom.

Implement practices that assist student population score higher on standardized testing and classroom grades.

Design learning environment to meet educational development requirements, adapting teaching style to accommodate both individual and group needs.

Challenged to instill enthusiasm and competency for various Mathematical skills for students well below grade level with and without IEP's.

Monitored/Evaluated student performance.

Fulfilled leadership, advisory and active participation roles in a variety of school committees and student organizations.

Knowledgeable and familiar with national educational trends.

Counsel and mentor students with adjustment crises / academic problems and meet with parents.

Accountable for the design and delivery of effective instruction to an average of 90 students, many of whom had been previously unsuccessful in school and were returning to the classroom after many years absence.
Jul 2008 - Jul 2009

Middle School Math Teacher

Hyde Leadership Public Charter School

Provide mathematics instruction to students in grades 6 through 8 in a Title I School. Provide after-school tutoring to students. Design and develop lesson plans to conform to the learners various levels of skill, knowledge and ability within the standards and guidelines set by the District of Columbia. Provide differentiated instruction to classrooms of diverse learners. Develop PowerPoint presentations and hands on activities to aid in differentiated instruction.

Nov 2006 - Jun 2008

Middle School Math Teacher

Godwin Middle School

Provided mathematics instruction to students in grades 6 through 8. Provided after-school tutoring to students upon request. Designed and developed lesson plans to conform to the learners various levels of skill, knowledge and ability within the SOL of The Commonwealth of Virginia and Prince William County. Provide differentiated instruction to classrooms of diverse learners.

Nov 1989 - Jan 2006

Owner

Classic Transportation

Transported top executives, government officials, television personalities and guests, and visitors in and around DC Metro area. Prepare, receive and provide appropriate documentation for the delivery or pick up of passengers to ensure timely and accurate transportation. Exercise judgment in assigning drivers and vehicles to convey high-level executives, government officials, television personalities and guests and business people. Relied on experience and knowledge of traffic and roadways to plan and accomplish the goal of seamless transportation for passengers. Directed drivers to their destinations. Communicated effectively with bookers, passengers and drivers. Developed and implemented computerized database used to maintain company records for personnel and billing. Collected accounts receivable; calculated earnings of drivers and maintained financial records. Wrote proposals for new business. Marketed business.

Education

Education

Post Graduate Work

2008 - 2009

Education Courses

Trinity University-Washington
Post graduate coursework: Classroom Management and Human Growth and Development.
2006 - 2009

Coursework for Teaching Certificate

GPA 3.5 Course work in Statistics and Geography
2006 - 2008

Education Courses

Post graduate coursework: Reading across the Curriculum and Mathematics Education.
2006 - 2008

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Prince William County Public Schools
Math Intervention; How to Ask Good Questions; How to Lead Classroom Discussions; Improving Student Achievement in Grade 6 Mathematics; Building Foundations for Algebra; Instructional Focus for Middle School Math Teachers: Mathematical Literacy; Secondary Mathematics PRAXIS II Review; Curriculum & Instructional Planning - Middle School Mathematics; Motivating the Unmotivated; Building Background Knowledge and Academic Vocabulary MS; World History 1500 AD to the Present Update; Planning Differentiated Instruction for WHII Nationalism, Industrialization & Imperialism; Teachers F.I.R.S.T. Induction Program for 2007-08; Challenging Behaviors/Classroom Strategies
1976 - 1979

Bachelor's

Certifications

Certifications
2010 - 2012

Regular II Teaching Credential - Secondary Mathematics

Washington, DC
Jul 2009

MS Math and Social Studies Teaching Certificate

VA Department of Education