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Work experience

Aug 2008Present

Literacy / Extended Resource Aide

Glen Ellyn School District 89
Literacy Skills Aide, Grades K-4
  •  Planned guided reading groups: word building activities, comprehension, fluency
  •  Managed poetry clubs for 2nd and 3rd graders to improve fluency and confidence in reading
  •  Progress monitored students' fluency using AIMSweb
  •  Took running records using DRA to determine reading levels (errors and self-corrections)
  •  Monitored students using Lexia as part of the RtI process for intervention in reading
  •  Guided 4th graders in running student-led literature circle discussions
  •  Planned readers' theatre for 3rd grade class to improve fluency
  •  Learned how to analyze running records based on meaning, syntax, and visual cuing systems

Resource/One-to-One Aide, Grades K-4

  •  Modified work for kindergarten student with visual needs and assisted her as needed
  •  Collected data based on IEP goals for a 3rd grader displaying signs of a sensory disorder
  •  Collaborated with K-4 teachers to teach reading, math, and writing groups
  •  Enforced positive behavior support (PBS) with Roadrunner Rewards
  •  Differentiated work for two kindergarten students learning English as a second language
20052009

Tutor

  • Elementary School: helped a 1st grader pass into 2nd grade after missing months of school
  • Elementary School: tutored 5th grade students after school to prepare for ISATS
  • Middle School: tutored a 5th grader in math and an 8th grader in English
  • High School: motivated a sophomore to learn geometry and helped a junior with the ACT
  • College: improved a student's test score in Calculus from a grade D to a grade A
Aug 2007Jun 2008

2nd Grade Teacher - Long Term Substitute / K-8 Substitute

Elmhurst School District 205

2nd Grade Teacher (Long Term Substitute)

  • Used Harcourt Signatures to teach comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, and writing
  • Used Everyday Mathematics as well as various resources to engage students in math
  • Created a positive behavior system based on the Character Counts Pillars
  • Taught writing focusing on the 6 traits of writing and the writing process
  • Collaborated with 2nd grade teachers to enhance science lessons and novel unit in reading
  • Completed report cards describing academics and behavior based on well updated check lists, charts, rubrics, and records

K-8 Substitute Teacher

  • Substitute taught grades K-5 in elementary schools
  • Majority of middle school teaching in mathematics
  • Taught kindergarten for a short-term (3 week) leave of absence
Feb 2007May 2007

1st Grade Student Teacher

Elmhurst School District 205 - Emerson School

  • Engaged students in hands-on, differentiated lessons in math, science and social studies
  • Organized daily guided reading groups and meaningful learning center activities
  • Taught reading skills using shared reading and Michael Haggerty for phonemic awareness
  • Wrote newsletters to parents describing weekly curriculum and events
  • Attended parent teacher conferences with mentor teacher
Sep 2005Jan 2007

Nanny

  • Responsible for a fifth grade boy and an eighth grade girl every day after school
  • Enforced positive adolescent behavior and helped children with homework
  • Formed excellent connections and caring, trusting relationships
Jun 2005Aug 2005

Swim Instructor

Lifetime Fitness

  • Planned, organized, and taught swim lessons to children ages three to five
  • Communicated with parents regarding children's behavior and goals
Jun 2005Aug 2005

Day Care Worker

Kinder Care
  • Responsible for supervision and care of toddlers while implementing a daily routine
  • Reported daily to parents on children's behavior, needs, and progress
Nov 2002May 2005

Child Center Staff

Lifetime Fitness
  • Supervised, cared for, and entertained elementary school-aged children
  • Worked collaboratively with staff to improve facility

References

Valerie Durkin

Supervisor for Student Teaching

(other contact information available upon request)

Kevin Diehl

Supervisor for Aiding Position

(other contact information available upon request)

Dr. Debra Meyer

Professor for Educational Psychology and Assessment/Classroom Management Courses

(other contact information available upon request)

Caryl Witt

Mentor Teacher for Student Teaching (other contact information available upon request)

Professional Portfolio

Technology Samples

Objective

To effectively challenge and motivate students to be independent, lifelong learners and caring citizens using my math skills, literacy strategies, creative ideas, enthusiasm, and love for children

Education

Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL Aug 2003 - May 2007 • BS Elementary Education • Illinois Type 03 Certificate • Minor in Mathematics • Endorsed in Math and Social Science • Middle School Approval • Cumulative GPA of 3.870 • GPA of 4.0 in Education courses

Note to Employer

Dear Potential Employer,

I decided to write a short summary about my desire to find a teaching position because, at this point in my life, it is my passion and top priority.  From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I loved school and I loved my teachers.  I often analyzed my own teachers,  picking out their positive traits and sometimes thinking about what I would do differently.  I think that my positive attitude and ability to get along with all people is the reason I fit in so well as an educator.  I tend to see the good in every person because I know that the experiences we go through make us who we are.  This is why I want the chance to be a teacher.  I will allow every student to discover and contribute their talents, skills, dreams and goals to the classroom community.  My caring and understanding, yet determined, nature is one that I feel sets me apart.  I am hoping to find a district where my skills, experiences, beliefs, and goals are needed and appreciated.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Sandra D. Dudic