Work History

Work History

Academic Instructor

Virginia Wilderness Institute

Duties...

  • At-Risk, secondary level education
  • GED preparation
  • Computer Information Systems
  • College courses on behalf of Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Academic and Career counseling
  • Behavior Modification counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Initiated and taught a successful bible study class
  • Taught some life-skills and vocational courses

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instructor

Virginia Department of Correctional Education (DCE)

Duties...

  • GED preparation
  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) preparation
  • Conducted certified TABE testing
  • Performed several modes of multi-media and networked PC academic instruction and assessment
    • Aztec
    • McGraw-Hill
    • Steck-Vaughn
  • Selected to teach various college courses on behalf of Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Selected to lead and administer an experimental online instructional course offering through Eastern New Mexico State Community College

Adjunct Instructor (PRN)

Southwest Virginia Community College

Teaching various college courses including...

  • Math
  • Geology
  • U.S. History
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking
  • Economics
  • Business Management

Also utilized Blackboard online content delivery and SIS PeopleSoft systems.

Education

Education

Prior Related Employment Experience

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Academic Instruction

  • Levels
    • College Courses, adjunctly
    • Secondary, including "at-risk" & remedial
    • Adult Education
  • Methodologies
    • Traditional
    • Extensive Technology Based (see 'Educational Technologies' above)
    • Creative and exciting instructional methods

Curriculum Design & Planning

  • Source selection
  • Lesson Planning
  • Varying Assessment styles
  • Individualized and Group Instruction
  • Familiar with IDEA, 504, IEP, PLPs, etc. 

Classroom Management Techniques (strong & extensive)

  • Database Driven (student records, inventories, etc.)
    • Custom tables, forms, queries, etc.
    • Custom report design
  • CAD Classroom Layout Design
  • Instructional signs
  • Motivational and welcoming decoration styles
  • Strategic seating assignments
  • Familiar with tutor and peer instructional methods

Strong Inter-Personal / Human Relation Skills

  • Business Development & Marketing Experience
    • Positive & lasting client relationships
    • Networking experience
  • Productive student relationships
    • Motivational Theories
    • Behavior Modification Theories
    • Child Development Training
    • Formal and informal counseling
      • Career and College Planning
      • Life skills

Excessively Strong Written & Verbal Communication Skills

  • Professional Technical Writing experience
  • Professional Correspondence
    • All standard paper & electronic formats
    • Dictation experience
    • Phone & Conferencing skills (including web conferencing)
  • Public Speaking experience
    • Public Speaking college instructor
    • Design Presentations
    • Classroom Instruction
    • Sunday School teacher

Computer Systems & Software Trainer 

  • Computer Information Systems instructor
    • MS Office Suite, basic networking & more
  • Academic Suite instruction
  • Oracle driven systems
  • Windows OS
  • Web 2.0

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES & SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS EXPERIENCE

  • Web 2.0 Tools
    • Blackboard & SIS
      • Blackboard
        • Student accounts & correspondence
        • Menu customization
        • Test bank creation
        • Assessment design
        • Grade management
        • Reporting
      • SIS PeopleSoft
        • Student accounts & notifications
        • Grade submission, review, & finalization
    • Classroom Management Applications
    • Student Records & Communication Applications
    • Test Generators
    • Textbook digital supplement usage
    • Sourcing of student exercises
    • Distance Learning
      • Accredited High School & College
    • PC & Networked Based
      • ExamView (networked assessment)
      • GED Instruction (networked instruction & assessment) 
        • Aztec
        • McGraw-Hill
        • Steck-Vaughn
    • Smart Board technologies
    • Multi-media
      • LED Projections
      • Projection Calculators
      • DVD, mp3, etc. formats
      • Standard audio / visual
    • Game Show Systems
    • Screen Capture & Playback technologies
  • Database and Report Design
  • Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing
  • All MS Office Components
  • Remote Control Softwares
  • General Networking and Hardware Knowledge
  • Hardware & Software Installations
  • Client PC software customization experience
  • Apple Mac & Software Applications

Awards

  • 2006 Staff Member of the Year
  • 2007 Unified Approach: Exemplary Leadership Award

Summary

Although I have been blessed to many experiences from several different disciplines, teaching and the application of educational technologies thereto have been my greatest joy.

Key Skills

  • Extensive Academic Instructional Experience
    • Adult Ed
    • College Level
    • High School Age, At-Risk, Juvenile, Home School
    • IDEA, 504, IEP, etc. familiarity
  • Curriculum Design
  • Extensive Writing & Presentation Skills
  • Great Organizational Skills
  • Great Interpersonal & Human Relation Skills
  • Work well Independently or in a Team setting
    • Self-starter
    • Team motivator
  • Strive to be Respectful / Reliable
  • Enjoy Fast-Paced Environments and Multi-Tasking opportunities
    • Work well in deadline and busy atmospheres
  • Strong Informational Technology (IT) Skills
  • Online Course Development / Utilization (See 'Prior Related Employment Experience' below) 
    • College Instructor utilizing...
      • Blackboard
      • PeopleSoft SIS
  • Web Development Design & Deployment
  • Computer Technology Instructor

See 'Prior Related Employment Experience' below for more detailed information.

Interest

  • Time with Family
  • Bible Study
  • Computer Hobbies
  • Carpentry & Woodworking
  • Fishing
  • Gardening

Certifications

Certifications

FEMA Crisis Management

FEMA

Informational Technology Security Awareness

VA IT Contractor

Child Abuse Recognition

VA Dept. of Education

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Examiner

CTB/McGraw-Hill for U.S. Dept. of Education

Professional Teaching License

State of West Virginia

CPR

Red Cross

First Aid

Red Cross