Melissa Norton

Melissa Norton

Objective

to obtain and sustain full-time employment which relates to helping children and families

Interest

Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A.) Officer at Citrus Elementary-Historian for 2 years

Child Development Student Association (C.D.S.A.) Public Relations Officer, for 1.5 years

Earned CSU, Chico Dean’s list certificate in Spring 2011

Countywide Spelling Bee champion for 4 consecutive years in high school and State Spelling Bee representative in junior high

Summary

Over the course of my time spent at California State University, Chico I have gained a detailed understanding of the development of children and am confident in my ability to apply this knowledge in a variety of educational and human service settings.  I am graduating from CSU, Chico in December of 2011, majoring in Child Development with a Minor in Psychology. I have a concentrated work ethic, am passionate about what I do and strive consistently to go above and beyond what is asked of me.  My ability to remain calm in stressful situations and my organizational skills have been praised by professors and co-workers alike.  My background as a toddler teacher and my Event Coordinator Internship hours have allowed me the opportunity to collaborate effectively with other professionals in the field of early childhood education as well as with diverse families and children.  I have recently completed three internships in the field of early childhood education.

I am able to use my intuitive nature to understand the points of view of others and can take into account cultural and other considerations as they may apply to any given situation.  I am motivated by my family (I live with my quasi-fiancé and 7-year-old daughter) and also by my firm desire to help others in any way that I am able.  I have learned to avoid being judgmental and have practiced being empathetic and humble.  I am able to admit when I do not have the resources to get a task done and am glad to be able to refer people to others if needed.  I am a team player and enjoy working directly with others.  I possess strong communication and leadership skills and feel my friendly personality and professional attitude allow me to perform my duties in both a meaningful and constructive manner.  I would describe myself as creative, studious, organized and sensitive.  I love to do research and read voraciously as a student and in my free time. 

Education

Education

Associate of Arts

Lassen Community College

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Toddler Teacher

Associated Students Child Development Lab

Provided a language rich environment (in English, some Spanish and some Japanese) by using active listening, parallel and self-talk, offering toddlers words and recognition for feelings, actions and accomplishments, and reading diverse materials to them, including own dictation and teacher-created books; Extended children’s learning by encouraging and supporting thinking through asking open-ended questions and provided classroom materials which invited the children to explore and engage in meaningful interactions with teachers and their peers; Used developmentally appropriate behavioral guidance techniques (IE: Kathryn Read Baker’s Guides to Speech and Action) which honored the positive impulses that are behind undesirable behavior and facilitated problem-solving and conflict resolution among children; Assisted in setup and clean up of the out- and indoor environments as the daily routine dictated (pulled out/put away children’s cots for rest time, covered/set out in an inviting manner toys and learning activities; Helped children to wash own hands before eating and after toileting, sanitized tables for meals and snacks, brought in and took out compost buckets and breakfast and lunch trays, Respectfully diapered toddlers and encouraged self-skills during toilet-training; Acted as a positive role model daily while encouraging independence, providing new vocabulary and helping children to be safe with materials, their bodies and each other; Collaborated with rest of staff to create and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum activities, learning objectives for the toddlers and a safe, appealing classroom environment; Acted as a strong leader and positive model for practicum students working in the toddler room; Took observation notes and anecdotal records showing learning in the toddlers in a variety of developmental areas; Assisted in the organization of and attended family events put on for the children and families of the ASCDL

Sep 2010 - Present

Aide/Substitute Teacher

Chico Community Children's Center

Supervised children and facilitate learning activities in the classroom and outside; Worked with individual children as well as groups on activities which promoted cognitive, social, emotional and physical development; Served as positive role model for appropriate and desirable speech, social behaviors, health, safety and hygiene; Planned for, set up and put away materials for children’s use during activities; Kept classrooms and bathrooms sanitary

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

Event Coordinator, Student Intern

Associated Students Child Development Lab office

Assisted in the organization and putting on of child development events (IE: 4th Annual Early Learning Summit and the Kindergarten Faire which take place at Chico State); Worked independently as well as part of a team; Utilized Microsoft Publisher, Word and Excel to create professional letters, flyers and documents; Demonstrated professionalism through my interactions with local early childhood and elementary educators; Represented Chico State in an appropriate manner

May 2010 - Dec 2010

Preschool Teacher

Chico Child Development Center

Planned and implemented developmentally appropriate learning activities for small and large groups of children aged 2-5 years; Was responsible for setting up and maintaining out- and indoor environments as the daily routine dictated; Integrated own curriculum materials and activities with center’s existing curriculum; Served nutritious meals and snacks to children while modeling and assisting with handwashing before and after meals; Modeled desirable social behaviors at meal and snack times as well as during play and learning activities; Met children’s diapering and toileting needs and encouraged self-skills during these routines

Mar 2006 - May 2008

Assistant/Cook

Lassen Community College Child Development Center

Worked as an assistant childcare provider in the toddler and 4-year-old rooms; Applied research-based theories and principles of child development; Worked as the cook to prepare nutritious meals and snacks for the infant, toddler, 3- and 4-year-old rooms; As the cook, handled food ordering and weekly shopping; kept kitchen sanitary and organized

Aug 2006 - Jan 2007

Teacher

Headstart

Promoted school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other

Dec 2002 - Dec 2003

Health Aide

Lassen County Office of Education

Worked with high school students (Lassen Union High School) who were severely handicapped and/or had other special needs; Worked with preschool aged children (Johnstonville Elementary) who were severely handicapped and/or had other special needs

Certifications

Certifications
Apr 2011 - May 2016

Child Development Permit

Master Teacher