Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Skills

Skills

Educational Software Skills

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Objective

Dedicated, seasoned educator with a proven track record of teaching, engaging, and motivating students to champion academic and social growth. Adept and proactive leader experienced in developing curriculum, preparing thematic lesson plans, and orchestrating student events. Articulate communicator, able to interact with diverse populations and cultivate consistent strong relations with students, parents, faculty, administrators, and local community members. Adapt to living and working away from passport country, and willing to relocate.

Professional Memberships

·Member, Golden Key Honour Society 

·Recipient, Golden Key’s New Member Scholarship   

·Member, Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education

·Member, Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy    

Interest

Rock Climbing

Ultimate Frisbee

Outdoor Education

Media Ethics

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

QSI International School of Shekou

·Devised and employed diverse teaching strategies to lead and engaged 18 students of widely differing cultural backgrounds, English proficiency levels, and learner types

·Collaborated with 10 year old team and Director of Instruction to developed lesson plans that included alignment with curriculum mastery outcomes, assessment measures, and grading consistency

·Provided additional learning experiences and opportunities for students who did not master a unit after the initial teaching/learning experience

·Offered students a variety of activities and elective classes which were not part of the regular academic program

·Cultivated strong ties with parents by providing consistent and timely feedback of student progress

·Organized and participated in campus assemblies

·Chaperoned several school events and field trips

Site Supervisor of Summer School Program for Main Campus (ages 5-13)

·Supervised 11 teachers to provide intensive English instruction and curricular review for 98 students

·Effectively responded to parent requests regarding academic and curricular needs

·Planned and organized multiple field trips in Shenzhen

Committee Membership

·Co-organizer of QSI-Shekou’s Social Committee, whose purpose is to build community and increase staff morale

·Team Leader and discussion facilitator for the Professional Learning Community Reading Committee

After School Activities Involvement

·Organizer of QSI Shekou’s first middle school debate tournament, Passion and Civility

·Co-organizer for QSI Shekou’s annual school community “International Brunch”

·Assistant Volleyball Coach-Boys, taking two teams to the Southern Delta Regional Conference Spring 2011 Tournament, winning 2nd and 4th place

·Co-organizer for ACAMIS South Chess Competition, hosted by QSI- Shekou

·Supervisor of after-school volunteer tutoring program

Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

8th Grade English Teacher and Homeroom Advisor

Saint Andrew's School

·Devised interactive and adaptive teaching methods to lead and engage 72 students in reading comprehension, literature analysis, effective writing, and grammar conventions.

·Developed lesson plans using long-term and backward design thematic units that included material overviews, learning outcomes, skills and attitudes, and assessment measures.

·Empowered students to improve their writing skills by using Write Source’s “Six Traits of Effective Writing”, which includes persuasive writing, literature responses, research papers, and numerous creative writing exercises.

·Maximized student’s academic and social growth by employing diverse teaching strategies, creating lesson units to reach different learner types, encouraging group activities and collaborations, and fostering individual responsibility.

·Supervised student progress via continuous assessment using anecdotal records, student-teacher conferencing, peer evaluation, checklists, and student portfolios.

·Cultivated strong ties with parents by providing consistent and reliable feedback on the student’s progress.

·Collaborated with middle school English teachers and the department chair to ensure vertical curriculum alignment, grammatical scaffolding, and grading consistency.

·Researched literature and completed a grant application for the 2009 DeWitt E. & Vera Hooker Fellowship Grant.

·Chaperoned several school events and a field trip to Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Resident Faculty, Faculty Family, and Boys’ Dorm House Parent (Saint Andrew’s School continued)

·Supported the academic progress of resident students and addressed academic, social, and physical health concerns in conjunction with administrators, faculty, counseling, and support staff.

·Served as a leader and role model by establishing rapport and fostering strong relationships with resident students to actively support their individual goals, interests, and aspirations.

·Supervised social activities, provided tutoring and academic assistance, and maintained appropriate study environments.

·Helmed programs to address academic, social, emotional, and physical wellness of student residents.

·Directed the professional development and leadership of prefects through training, guidance, and support.

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007

Secondary School English Teacher

Teach Overseas

·Taught beginning to advanced conversation- and discussion-based ESL courses at a state-funded school in Prague.

·Achieved a 98% graduation rate as instructor of 15 classes comprised of more than 120 students.

·Spearheaded diversity programs for approximately 200 students.

·Revamped outdated English curriculum and developed new material in collaboration with colleagues.

·Led multiple language learning and cross-cultural programming for students via activities outside of the classroom.

·Adapted to a multicultural and multilingual environment and successfully overcame language barriers.

Country Administrator (2004-2005)

·Fostered strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with host educational institutions.

·Maintained responsibility for ensuring all contract requirements and expectations were met.

·Supervised, evaluated, and critiqued first-year TEFL teachers’ performance within public host institutions and provided pedagogical counsel as appropriate.

·Trained and audited 80 new teachers for overseas employment.

·Ensured staff was successful in culturally adapting to the country and provided counseling and support as needed.

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications
Aug 2004 - Aug 2017

• California State Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, K-12

State of California
Aug 2004 - Aug 2017

• Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development

State of California
Aug 2004 - Present

• Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Teach Overseas