Lyra Statts

Lyra Statts

Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2011 - Present

Teacher-Social Studies; 6 Grade

Merry Acres Middle School
  • Work with a culturally and socio-economically diverse group of sixth grade students of various learning abilities using a district middle school curriculum.
  • Develop and implement engaging, effective lessons in World Studies for a heterogeneous group of sixth grade special and regular education students based on sixth grade Georgia Performance Standards.
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers and professionals to create effective lessons that meet the learning needs and abilities of all students.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive classroom management blueprint which, not only clearly outlines classroom rules and consequences for not adhering to rules, but rewards students for responsible behavior.
  • Attend parent conferences, faculty and team meetings, IEP meetings, and county wide professional development days. Actively participate in activities which include: assessing student progress, assigning grades, taking attendance, lunch/recess duty, keeping parents/guardians informed through newsletters, daily or weekly progress reports/behavior charts, phone calls and email.
  • Regularly assess student achievement using diagnostic, formative and summative data.
  • Co-sponsor: Chess Club
  • Sponsor: 6th Grade Junior Beta Club
  • Department Chair: Social Studies Department (2013-2014)
Jan 2008 - Dec 2010

Production Coordinator

Harvey Designs
  • Provided excellent customer service to potential clients
  • Constructed working proposals for clients
  • Assisted clients with event changes through event planning process
  • Acted as liaison between Harvey Designs and vendors
  • Assisted with set-up and break-down of events
  • Edited photography for use in social media
  • Wrote and maintained blog

       Reason for Leaving: Relocation

Nov 1999 - Nov 2005

Office Manager

Savannah College of Art and Design

Campus Printing

  • Provided excellent customer service to outside vendors and college departments
  • Managed copy center staff and work study staff
  • Ordered supplies for copy center and campus printing
  • Maintained monthly billing for campus printing
  • Maintained press schedule and ensured printed jobs were delivered on time

Campus Photography

  • Provided excellent customer service to college departments and students
  • Acted as a liaison between photographers and college departments
  • Maintained photographers schedules
  • Ensured that all necessary material was photographed
  • Attended weekly communications meetings
  • Assisted in selecting and interviewing for vacant/new department positions

      Reason for Leaving: Return to College


May 2011 - Oct 2012

Clear and Renewable Teaching Certification

Georgia Teaching Fellows/The New Teacher Project
  • Began Summer Institute May, 2011
  • Participated in a rigorous summer institute including practice teaching
  • Proficient in classroom management blueprint development
  • Proficient in lesson planning
  • Worked closely with a cooperative teacher in order to implement lesson plans and classroom management blueprints
  • Developed a clear understanding and practice of Teaching for Student achievement competencies
  • Developed a clear understanding of best practices for the classroom in order to effect positive change in closing the achievement gap
  • Completed the program in October, 2012 earning my clear and renewable teaching certificate in the state of GA

Student Teaching-Baker Middle School
  • Administered pre- and post- assessments to gauge students' level of knowledge prior to student teaching and after student teaching.
  • Developed engaging, differentiated lesson plans based on state standards.
  • Implemented my classroom management blueprint.
  • Managed the day to day operations of the classroom (escorting students to class and to the bus, administered lunch, took attendance)
  • Worked with cooperating teachers to utilize all resources available (smart board, literature, text)
  • Modeled a culture of achievement and high expectations for all of my students.
Mar 2006 - Aug 2006

Bachelor's of Science

Georgia Southern University

GPA 3.88

Dean's List Summer 2006

Transferred to Armstrong Atlantic State  University

Areas of Certification

Middle Grades Social Studies

Middle Grades English Language Arts

Middle Grades Reading