Developed curriculum, recruited teachers, planned budget, and oversaw summer school program at Talahi Community School. Summer 2015
- St. Cloud, MN
I believe that education is the most important tool an individual can use to create a successful and productive life. It is our job as educators to provide opportunities for all students to inquire, discover, create, engage, and reflect. As a leader, it is my responsibility to create an environment that is safe and nurturing so that students and staff members feel empowered to take risks and pursue our collective goals. Collaboration and communication are key to creating the shared vision of a school and in taking the necessary steps to implement a district and and school plan. I strive to always be learning, collaborating, sharing, and reflecting on my practice, and I believe good leaders can help others share these same experiences.
Worked with teachers to implement inquiry and technology into their lessons. Provided job-embedded professional development in technology, math, reading, and science to teachers. Additionally, I served as the School Testing Co-Coordinator overseeing MCA, OLPA, and STAR testing.
Co-taught a 2nd grade extended day/extended school year classroom. Provided focused, differentiated instruction to students. Collaborated with teachers, staff, and parents. Conducted home visits with parents and students.
Provided small group and individual support in reading and math to support struggling readers. Co-taught reading and math lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. Participated in district-wide Title 1 audit.
Provided instruction as a classroom teacher at an ESL cluster school to all students including ESL and students with IEPs. Collaborated with other teachers, staff, and parents. Provided staff development in Daily 5, CAFE, Reciprocal Teaching, and equity issues.
Created and instructed lessons developed to reach diverse learners in a multicultural classroom.
Courses in Educational Administration leading to K-12 Principal and Superintendent licenses.
Courses in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.
Courses in Curriculum and Instruction for elementary and middle school.
TIES Exceptional Teacher Award: St. Cloud Area Schools 2015.
What Can Marshmallows Teach Us About Our Students?: Presented current research, best practices, and action steps for building perseverance and grit in the classroom at at district-wide Choices Professional Development Day in St. Cloud, MN. Winter 2015.
Bloggging in the Classroom: Presented current best practices in classroom blogging and facilitated the creation of class blogs for all participants from the session at district-wide Choices Professional Development Day in St. Cloud, MN. Winter 2015.
Home Visits: Presented reflections, research, and actions steps to conduct home visits with students to build rapport and increase parental involvement to staff at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud, MN. Fall 2014.
Carlson, C., Court, S., & Rettig, M. (2014). Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Comparing 3rd Graders' Response Journals to Paper and Pencil Response Journals Kansas Journal of Reading, 29, 10-17.
Classroom Libraries: Physical and Digital: Presented current best practices, organizational tips, and funding options for physical and digital libraries at district level professional development day in Salem, VA. Spring 2013.
Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Presented findings from action research, as well as, other current research on using blogs in the classroom to improve student writing at the Kansas Reading Association Annual Convention in Emporia, Kansas. Spring 2011.
Boys and Books: Presented findings from an independent study to a graduate course at Washburn University in Topeka, KS on examining the challenges of teaching literacy to males.
Courageous Conversations: Worked on a presentation team to facilitate staff meetings discussing equity and closing the achievement gap at Cordley Elementary School in Lawrence, KS. 2010-2012.
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