I am writing to you as a recent college graduate, current college student and academic professional seeking employment in education, politics, social services or government work. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and explain what I could offer your agency.
I am a graduate student at VCU one portfolio shy of a M.Ed., Reading, and expect to complete all work for this degree by August 2012. I believe that my teaching and internship experience combined with my M.A., Writing and Rhetoric; my B.A., Political Science; my participation and service in numerous extracurricular professional activities; and my recent technology related coursework make me a strong candidate for a variety of positions.
As my resume indicates, I started my academic and professional journey in politics, which I find fascinating and in which I remain engaged. I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to serve Del. Robert Wittman during the 2006 legislative session, and the experience was challenging, enlightening and rewarding.
Currently, I teach a variety of reading and writing classes, many of which are developmental. I have also taught at least one online course every semester since August 2008, summers included.
Additionally, I often participate in Virginia Community College System conventions, seminars and progressive programs, either individually or collaboratively, and I recently completed my first professional literature review for Bedford/ St. Martin’s press.
Though I have extensive professional experience, I am also a student, and this understanding informs my pedagogical practices. Every semester, I offer my online students Wix/Weebly and database training sessions at the college libraries during times that are convenient for them, as I understand the unique challenges online coursework and technology based projects present, yet realize that the ability to exploit Web 2.0, with its collaborative and dynamic features, renders students more marketable.
In fact, much of my recent coursework relates to the integration of technology in the classroom. Last year, I completed TEDU 500, Workshop: Introduction to Technical Resources; TEDU 556, Advanced Computer Applications in Education; and TEDU 560, Instructional Strategy: Internet, all with an A. Furthermore, I continuously attempt to utilize my current coursework in the classroom. For example, I recently created a series of video tutorials for an online class, started utilizing wikis in Eng 112. I also mandated E-portfolios in College Composition I and II, and I continue to require students to present their Eng 111 and Eng 112 research papers in Wix or Weebly formats.
I would be happy to send you additional materials at your request. My professional email addresses are [email protected] and [email protected] . I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.