Why Rebecca?

            Education should not only teach students academic facts, but humanity, respect, and cooperation as well.  All students can succeed in life if they are given the opportunity to develop under the guidance of supportive teachers and administrators.  Education is realized in my classroom with effective teaching, focus on student success, and achievement and student ownership of their learning.

            To be an effective teacher, my students have to be successful.  My classroom focus is centered on the students as a whole and individually.  I first identify each students' learning needs and then customize a comfortable learning environment for all.  Creative lessons and assignments allow all students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a way they can best express.  A positive learning environment also boosts students' self confidence in the classroom, which in turn produces a positive response to school.

            While every class will require a slightly different approach to classroom management, all students should have some ownership for personal and classroom regulation.  This ownership assists in creating a positive and flexible classroom environment.  When students feel they have ownership, they take more pride and responsibility in the classroom and their work.  Even though effective classroom management does not prevent any problems from arising the teacher and students can work together to solve situations in ways that are beneficial for everyone. 

Interest

When I am not teaching or supporting a school event, I enjoy spending time with my husband and sons. We enjoy going to the park, playing with his best friend, and meeting new people at Little Gym and swim lessons. On my own, I enjoy staying current with world events and completing crosswords. 

Objective

To obtain a teaching position that will allow me to continue to grow as a teacher and offer learning opportunities to critique and improve upon my teaching abilities.  I excel in environments that allow me to integrate new and exciting learning activities into the curriculum to meet the varying needs of the students to help them be successful in the classroom.

Professional Development

§  Put Me In, Coach! Quantum Learning Training

      -two day training to enhance teacher effectiveness and accelerate student achievement

§  Supreme Court DBQs: Effectively Teaching Supreme Court Cases

      -one day conference by The Bill of Right Institute

§  AIER Conference (Presented)

      -three day conference with different sessions designed to enhance techniques and knowledge

§  National History Day Training Program

      -two day training to learn how to successfully implement National History Day into the curriculum

§  Aurora Public Schools Teacher Induction Program

    -Participated in first year district training and subsequent mentoring program

§  National Network for Educational Renewal Conference (Presented)

   -Presentation: Teaching Democracy in Uncertain Times Using Primary Source Materials in the                             Classroom: The Dred Scott Case

Honors

§  Pi Gamma Mu: International Honor Society in Social Science

§  Omicron Delta Kappa: International Leadership Honor Society

§  Institute of Leadership and Values

§  Dean's List Honoree (4 years)

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Present

Teacher

Lotus School

In my current position I have created and taught six unique curricula for 6th-11th grades that surpass the Colorado State Standards. In United States History, for example, my curriculum begins with the first migrants from Asia and continues through the early 1900's. Students take an active role in learning through class activities and independent research, in addition to content lectures. Furthermore, I created individual and group projects and tests from which to judge student understanding of chapter and unit information. I also consistently work to keep parents updated on their child's grades and behavior in the classroom through e-mail communication, monthly progress reports, and meetings. Positive relationships with a parent have had a tremendous impact on children's engagement in my classroom. Further, as current sponsor of National History Day Club and Co-Advisor of National Honor Society, and work with the Yearbook, Student Council, Drama Club, and Art Club, I help foster students' creativity and interpersonal skills' growth. These activities give students opportunities to collaborate with their classmates in structured social settings.

Aug 2005 - Oct 2007

Teacher

Sylvan Learning Center

§Assisted students at all learning levels in reading, comprehension, math, and study skills

§Used grammar exercises, vocabulary flash cards, math manipulatives, and planners in enhancing student

    self-confidence and abilities

§Acquired new learning techniques I have used in the classroom to reach all learning levels

§Took on lead teacher responsibilities and duties including working with walk-in parents, taking attendance,

     assisting other teachers with students, and testing incoming students to determine placement

Education

Education
Jun 2004 - Jul 2005

Master of Arts

Maryville University

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8/4.0 GPA. 

Aug 2000 - May 2004

Bachelor of Arts

Maryville University

Graduated Cum Laude with a 3.5/4.0 GPA.

Skills

Skills

Instructional Coaching

As a department chair, I have served as an instructional coach to those within my department for the last several years. This past year, I was able to attend a two day training on Instructional Coaching and am currently an instructional coach and trainer of coaches within my schol. 

Classroom Management

Since I started my teaching career, I have worked in a variety of classrooms with a mix of students. In each instance, I have been able to effectively set behavioral expectations for students to follow in order to have a environment where all students could learn. 

Curriculum Design

Over the last 6 years, I have developed numerous curricula that exceed the current Colorado State Standards.

Web Page Design

Using Weebly, I have created several of my own websites and help colleagues and students create websites as well. 

Microsoft Office (all programs)

Certifications

Certifications
Jul 2008 - Jul 2013

Professional Teacher License

Colorado Department of Education