Michael Varn

Work History

Work History
2004 - Present

Behavior Modification/In School Suspension Coordinator

Powell Middle School MicroSociety and Performing Arts Center
  • Created and implemented a new program that contained Remedial Reading and Math as well as behavioral modification for students that were placed in my class for infractions of school rules. 
  • Worked directly with parents of students with excessive tardies and absences to get to the root of the situation and correct it.
Aug 2011 - Present

3rd Grade Teacher

Skycrest Elementary School/Pinellas County Schools
  • My class had the highest pass rate in the 3rd grade(10 out of 16) on the FCAT and the only student to make a 5 on the reading portion.
  • I get fathers involved with their children and helped them see how important a role they play in their child's education by facilitating All-Pro Dads
  • Took initiative and revamped the school website to make it updated and user friendly while increasing the content.
  • Kept teachers informed by setting up the moodle site as an all inclusive resource for my fellow teachers with meeting note, ideas to use in the classroom, schedules, student handbook, appraisal information, emergency drill info., behavior plans, and more.
  • Helped students get prepared by teaching at our FCAT Math Club before school.
2010 - 2011

2nd Grade Teacher

Brooker Creek Elementary/Pinellas County Schools
  •  Each of My Students surpassed their FAIR Reading Goals for the 2010-2011 School year reaching Level 2.6.
  •  Each of My Students scored proficient on year end 2nd Grade Assessment Tests
  •  My Students passed more than 500 Reading Counts Test for the 2010-2011 School Year
  • 2009 - Sep 2010

    3rd Grade STARS Teacher

    Sandy Lane Elementary School/ Pinellas County Schools
    • I taught the 3rd Grade STARS (Students Targeted for Achievement, Recognition, & Success) class. This is a program for students who did not pass the FCAT the year before. All of my students were also Socio-Ecomonmically Disadvantaged.
    •  54% of my students passed the FCAT  while the school average was 47%
    • I started a book club for boys to to inspire the boys to read and stay out of trouble.
    • Member of Foundations Committee which was responsible for establishing a Positive Discipline Policy.
    2005 - 2009

    Assistant Principal

    Powell Middle School MicroSociety and Performing Arts Center
    • ESOL Administrator - I supervised and help our ESOL teachers and personally make sure our ESOL students have access to Rosetta Stone and English Discovery.
    • Professional Development Coordinator- I developed several workshops for the teachers on such topics as Differentiating Instruction, Action Research Projects, Positive Behavior System, Personalized Learning Plans for Students, and several others including one on Developing Family Friendly Schools
    • Character Education - I  designed our school's Monthly Character Education Program which 
    • I disaggregated state test scores to find student weakness, and devise a personalized learning plan to address their needs. This has resulted in positive learning gains and our overall school grade did not dropped below a B average while I was an Assistant Principal.
    • Implemented a new Positive Behavior Plan which in less than a year resulted in a decrease in discipline.
    • Safety and Security - I drafted  and coordinated our school's safety plan which includes evacuation routes and protocol for lockdowns, bomb threats and tornados. 
    Aug 2000 - May 2004

    6th Grade Teacher

    Powell Middle School

    • Taught 6th Grade Reading, Math, Geography, Health and Language Arts
    • 6th Grade Teacher Team Leader
    • Assistant Football Coach
    • Lunch and Breakfast Duty
    • Served on Discipline Committee
    • School Reading Representative
    • Taught Reading and Language Art for Summer School Program
    Aug 1996 - May 2000

    7th Grade Teacher

    Manning Middle
    • Taught 7th Grade Geography
    • Assistant Football Coach
    • Monitored Lunch and Breakfast Duty
    • Served on Discipline Committee
    • School Reading Representative

    Education

    Education

    Certifications

    Certifications
    Jul 2012 - Jun 2017

    Elementary Education Grades 1-6

    State of Florida
    Jul 2012 - Jun 2017

    Educational Leadership

    State of Florida

    Personal Professional Developement

    This is a List of Additional Certifications and Classes I have completed.

    2012 ESOL Endorsed

    2011 Raising the Rigor of Independant Reading

    2009 Diversity Training 

    2008- William C Golden

            Leadership Institute      

    2008 Differentiated Instruction

    2008 Technology Training - 

                Interwrite Pads

    2008 Bullying Investigation

    2008 Anti-Bullying

    2007Reading Endorsement 

              Classes

    2007National Incident Management System Emergency Training

    2006  CRISS Crisis Prevention Intervention Trained

    2004 PowerPoint

    2004 Excel

    2004 Updated ESE 101

    2003-2004Technology Grant Workshops

    2003ESOL Trained

    2001,2002Project Read

    2002Reading Counts

    CustomSmall

    "Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand" ~ Chinese Proverb

    References

    References

    Carmine Rufa

    Sharon Corvey

    Angelean Bing

    Marti Giancola

    Donna Gehringer

    Tiffany Madison

    Barbara Kidder

    Earl Deen