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Dr. Scott Byrum

Teacher Education/Science Instruction/Technology Coordinator  

Summary

With 17 years of experience at the secondary level, as well as 13 years post-secondary, I have taught a wide range of courses including but not limited to biology, chemistry, human anatomy, and instructional technology.  My online expertise has come from implementing undergraduate biology courses through the Blackboard learning system, as well as facilitating graduate coursework through Moodle.

Work History

Aug 1999May 2016

Chemistry Instructor

North Sand Mountain High School

My duties of chemistry teacher have included but are not limited to:  creating lesson plans appropriate to current science education pedagogy, preparing and delivering lectures, creating and supervising laboratory activities, evaluating student performance, maintaining classroom records, and meeting with parents, teachers and other professionals. In addition to these responsibilities, I have also served and/or provided the following:

- Science Department Chair

- School-wide Technology Coordinator

- Senior Class Sponsor

- Honor Court Committee Member

- Science Club Sponsor

- Budget Committee Member

- Acquired several grants including a $25,000 award for science

   education 

- Gained National Board for Professional Teaching Certification 

- Administration of the ACT examination

- Taught AP coursework in chemistry

- Piloted the NSM 1-to-1 iPad Initiative for 11th Grade Chemistry

  Students

 - Consistently received positive teacher evaluations from 

   evaluators.

- Discovered New Geographical Range for the Etheostoma

  blennioides

Sep 2015May 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Instructional Technology

Morningside College

As an employee of the Sharon Walker School of Education, my responsibilities are to not only facilitate an online graduate level education course through Moodle but also foster and encourage life-long learning and professional development.  The basis of the course is to outline how current technologies can impact educational settings upon implementation.

Jan 2003May 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Biology (on campus and online)

Northeast Alabama Community College

As an adjunct instructor, my responsibilities have included developing and managing syllabus materials, selecting and compiling tests, assignments and/or online discussion exercises that permit measurement of performance relative to standardized learning objectives, the coordination of  courseware and curriculum with academic department chair, and to review courseware changes with the academic department chair and other full-time faculty teaching the course.  I am responsible for facilitating class Instruction in accordance with the learning objectives and session plan outlines specified by the college, while administering evaluations of student performance based on course deliverables and course rubrics through the Blackboard platform. 

-One of two instructors that designed and implemented the first

   online biology courses offered at NACC.

-Collected and analyzed biological data about relationships

   between organisms and their  environment.

-Conducted basic and applied research on non-game freshwater

  fishes of Alabama.

-Conducted research on the effectiveness of scientific probeware

   within freshman chemistry courses.

-Collected and processed specimens.

-Introduced field research to second-year biology students.

-Ordered laboratory equipment and supplies.

Sep 2015Oct 2015

Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Western Governors University

As a subject matter expert, I was called upon by WGU staff to assist in drafting evidence statements, which will later be used to inform item writers of what conditions and behaviors that students will need to demonstrate that they have mastered a specific subject matter. 

Jan 2003May 2003

Technology Coordinator Assistant

University of Alabama

 As a technology coordinator assistant, I carried out the responsibility of managing and implementing distance education equipment; furthermore, additional technology assistance was provided to graduate students for progression of course materials.  

Education

Jan 2009Nov 2014

Doctor of Education

Liberty University

This degree offered advanced training for individuals seeking a role in higher education. With the purpose of developing skilled and effective leaders, the undertaken program was a model of high academic standards and leadership in education. The specialized courses within the program developed the skills necessary to become an instructor or any other academic position requiring strong leadership skills and decision-making abilities. This program was approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Dec 2006Dec 2016

National Board Certified Teacher

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

Jan 2003Dec 2004

Educational Specialist

University of Alabama

This degree program in Secondary Education was designed for current professionals who were interested in pursuing a degree leading to an Alabama Class “AA” Professional Certificate in secondary education.  The teacher graduating from the EdS program will be capable of participating in the educational decision-making process and will possess the knowledge and skills to facilitate positive change at the classroom, school, and district levels. An emphasis was placed on the analysis and adaptation of instructional strategies applied to diverse instructional contexts. The specific content area completed was biology.  

Aug 1999Dec 2002

Master of Arts

University of Alabama

This degree program in Secondary Education was designed for current professionals who were interested in pursuing a degree leading to an Alabama Class “A” Professional Certificate in secondary education.  The master's program placed greater emphasis on fostering experienced teachers' full capacities for reflective decision making as they base their judgments on knowledge of the subjects they teach, general principles of education and development, and their own experiences in instructional settings. The program focused on the application of knowledge about teaching to instructional practices. The specific content areas covered in this degree program was biology. 

Aug 1996Aug 1998

Bachelor of Science in Education (Double Major: Chemistry and Biology)

Athens State University

This degree was structured to prepare students to become effective educators within their teaching content area. The basis for this degree provided the graduate a comprehensive review of science education that encompassed standard academic courses in biology and chemistry. The degree also provided an Alabama Class "B" Professional Teaching Certificate. 

Skills

-Excellent Understanding of Educational Technology

-Strong Rapport with Faculty and Students

-High Expectations

-Engaging Personality and Teaching Style

-Effective Discipline Skills

-Good Classroom Management Skills

-Good Communication with Stakeholders

-Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards

-Knowledge of Subject Matter

-Passion for Teaching 

Courses Taught

Secondary Level 

-Anatomy and Physiology 

-Advanced Chemistry

-AP Chemistry

-Biology

-Botany

-Environmental Science

-Forensic Science

-General Chemistry

-Physical Science

Undergraduate Level

BIO 103  PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I (on campus and online)

This was an introductory course for science and non-science majors. It covered physical, chemical, and biological principles common to all organisms. 

BIO 104  PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II (on campus)

This course was an introduction to the basic  relationships of plants and animals and a survey of plant and animal diversity including classification, morphology, physiology, and reproduction.

BIO 201  HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (on campus)

This course covered the structure and function of the human body. Included was an orientation of the human body, basic principles of chemistry, a study of cells and tissues, joints, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the senses. 

BIO 202  HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (on campus)

This course covered the structure and function of the human body. Included was a study of basic nutrition, the endocrine, respiratory, digestive, excretory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. 

Graduate Level

EDUC 522 Instructional Technology (online Moodle platform)

This course expanded the use of technology tools in teaching situations and included an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. In addition, topics and issues related to technology and its use in schools were discussed.

Professional Development

08/06/2015

JCBOE - TV Channel Training

04/24/2015

Effective Questioning Techniques (NSM)

04/14/2015

ACT Plus Writing Administration Training

10/15/2014

Teaching the Alabama Course of Study for Science Part 2

08/08/2014

Teaching the Alabama Course of Study for Science

05/15/2013

Introduction to Content Literacy for Grades 6-12

10/14/2012

Color's Workshop

05/14/2012

iPad Introduction - NSM

08/09/2011

Educate Alabama Training

08/09/2011

CyberSafety Part II: Email Safety, Phising Scams, Net Etiquette, and more...

08/09/2011

Planning for Instruction Using Test Data

08/09/2011

Planning for Continuous Improvement

08/08/2011

Cyber Safety, Part 1

01/07/2011

InformationNow in the Classroom

08/05/2010

Using a Classroom Website to Communicate with Students and Parents

08/05/2010

Using Assessment Data to Plan for instruction, 2010-2011

08/05/2010

Using the Classroom Components of InformationNow

08/03/2010

e-Learning Chemistry Video Series

08/05/2009

Legal Issues: Understanding Board Policies

08/05/2009

Using Assessment to Inform Instruction for 2009-2010

08/05/2009

Copyright and Fair Use

08/03/2009

e-Learning Chemistry Video Series

01/05/2009

Using Teacher and School Websites as Effective Communication Tools

01/05/2009

Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007

07/18/2008

Advanced Placement Chemistry Workshop

07/17/2008

Advanced Placement Chemistry Workshop

07/16/2008

Advanced Placement Chemistry Workshop

07/15/2008

Advanced Placement Chemistry Workshop

07/14/2008

Advanced Placement Chemistry Workshop

03/04/2008

Introduction to Electronic White Board Technology

12/12/2007

Integrating Multimedia into Classroom Instruction: APT Plus

03/27/2006

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

03/27/2006

University of Alabama at Birmingham National Board Certification Classes

01/05/2006

Boys and Girls Learn Differently

01/05/2006

Identifying Students at Risk for Dropping Out of School


Professional Organizations

 American Chemical Society

Christian Educators Association International

National Science Teachers Association

References

Dr. Sharon Nichols, Associate Professor K-12 Science Education

University of Alabama

205-239-9187

snichols@bamaed.ua.edu 

Mr. Rodney Land, Natural Sciences Department Chair

Northeast Alabama Community College

256-638-4418

landr@nacc.edu

Mr. Chris Davis, Former Principal

North Sand Mountain High School

256-597-2368

davisc@jackson.k12.al.us