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Jun 2011Present

Occasional Teacher

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Follow lesson and behaviour plans left by the classroom teacher
  • Adapt to the different classroom each day, and focus on making the children’s day as normal as possible.
  • Apply appropriate assertive discipline, and positive reinforcement in the various classrooms and schools
Sep 2013Present

Occasional Teacher

Simcoe County District School Board
  • Complete all tasks asked by the absent teacher and the school.
  • Enjoy working with a variety of children, age groups and abilites
  • Ensure that all students understand my expectations of them, and provide extra support to those students that need it
Aug 2013Present


School Readiness, Community Living Parry Sound
  • Provided the opportunity for children to prepare for kindergarten
  • Programmed activities focusing on transitions, routines, and play based learning
  • Assessed children based on their skills and needs for beginning kindergarten 
Jun 2013Aug 2013

Inclusion Coordinator/Supervisor

Community Living Parry Sound
  • Provided support at a YMCA day camp for Community Living inclusion staff, through programming, resources and extra guidance
  • Scheduled inclusion staff between three camps based on the needs of campers withspecial needs
  • Offered extra support for children with exceptional needs
May 2013Jun 2013

Grade 8 Teacher

Monsignor Clair School
  • Quickly built a rapport with a grade 8 class of 26 and implemented curriculum
  •    Planned lessons using differentiated instruction and assessed students using a variety of tool
  •    Collaborated with colleagues and parents to plan and organize graduation
  •    Was trained to use ESIS, and completed report cards
Jun 2009Aug 2009

Inclusion Staff

Community Living Parry Sound
  • Successfully integrated children with autism and other special needs into a regular camp setting
  • Planned and modified daily activities and games to ensure inclusion
  • Implemented behaviour management when needed


Sep 2011Present

AQ - Special Education Part One

Nipissing University
Aug 2012Present

ABQ - Intermediate in Family Studies

Queen's University
Aug 2013Present

AQ - Reading Part One

Nipissing University
Sep 2010Apr 2011

Bachelor of Education

Nipissing University
Sep 2004Apr 2010

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Brock University


Dave McDougall

Mark Skinner

Assessment Sample

Commitment to Students

Professional Knowledge

Practice Teaching

Practice Teaching Reports

Practice Teaching

Grade Six Pre-Service Teacher

(October and December, 2010)

Mr. Mark Skinner, St. Peter The Apostle School, Parry Sound, ON

  • Collaborated with Associate Teacher and delivered 50% of teaching and classroom management during this first practicum assignment.
  • Planned, implemented and assessed Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts and Physical Education.
  • Attended IPRC meetings and implemented differentiated learning within the lessons

Grade Two Pre-Service Teacher

(February – March, 2011)

Ms. Leora Tracy, St. Peter The Apostle School, Parry Sound, ON

  • Planned, implemented and assessed the curriculum and took on 100% of the teaching duties 
  • Provided winter extracurricular activities ls such as; cross country skiing and tubing
  • Collaborated with educational assistants for differentiated instruction to children on the autism spectrum disorder and intellectual delay.


Assessment Samples

Formative Assessment 

This dice with the words their, there and they're was used in a group setting. Students rolled the dice and formed sentences with the word rolled. The teacher anecdotally assessed the students' sentences looking for the use of the proper there, their or they're. 


This rubric was created to assess the students' March Break post cards. Here is an example of a level 2.

Level 2 Post Card

Level 2 Post Card - Written work

Samples of Technology Products

Leadership and Community

My Interests

 - sports

 - outdoor activities

 - working with children

 - reading

 - computers


 -  SMART Board 1, 2, Games

 - Using Technology to Assist Readers in the Classroom

 - Apple Accessibility Features for Special Needs

 - 50 Free Educational Resources and Software 

 - Open source technology 

 - Running Records

 - Writing Assessment 

 - Science Across the Curriculum

 - Crisis Nonviolent Intervention 

Cover Letter

Gillian Higgins

1900 Muskoka Road 38

Box 290

Bala, ON

P2A 2W9

[email protected]

Dear Prospective Employer,

 I cannot wait to begin my career as a classroom teacher and implement all that I have learned. I have found that the more experience I gain in education, the more I look forward to obtaining my first teaching position. I love working with children and have had a lot of experience with children of all ages through my employment, volunteer positions and education.

Since graduating with my Bachelor of Education from Schulich School of Education in Primary/Junior at Nipissing University, I have been an Occasional Teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and Simcoe County District School Board. I have taken Special Education Part One, my Intermediate qualifications in Family Studies, and my Reading Part One. In addition, I have had the opportunity to co-teach at a School Readiness Camp and have tutored students in grades 7 and 8 for all subjects. This past year, I had the opportunity of having an long term occasional assignment in a Grade 8 class. I am excited to implement all that I have learned as an occasional teacher with your board, or as a LTO.

Thank you for considering my résumé. I hope it has persuaded you to consider me as a suitable candidate for you position. Please feel free to contact my references. If you have any further questions, I would be pleased to discuss them in an interview. I can be reached by phone at (705) 938-1550.

Sincerely, Gillian Higgins

Ongoing Professional Learning