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Work experience

Sep 2010Present

Lead Kindergarten Teacher

KinderCare
  • Developed a structured learning environment with clearly communicated expectations that encouraged students to perform at a high level of excellence.
  • Collaborated with staff and administration to create developmentally appropriate learning activities for a diverse body of students ranging from the ages of 4 to 12.
  • Pursued professional development opportunities including observations, research, teacher partnerships, and speakers.
  • Prepared and presented a workshop on Literacy in the Classroom for a regional staff professional development day.
  • Created innovative and engaging learning activities while utilizing SMARTBoard Technology to enhance and supplement the learning curriculum.
  • Communicated with parents on a regular basis through the use of e-mails, conferences, open houses, and a weekly newsletter in order to partner with families in the educational process.
  • Conducted student learning and skill assessments on an ongoing basis through the use of student portfolios, narrative assessments, and quarterly report cards based on a comprehensive set of state standards.
Jan 2009May 2009

Student Teacher

Adler Park Public Schools

  • Implemented differentiation strategies such as flexible grouping and learning centers in order to address the various educational needs of 20+ students.

  • Generated relevant and engaging lessons incorporating various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

  • Executed a thematic unit through integration of various reading, writing, scientific, and hands-on activities.

  • Effectively communicated with parents by consistently updating classroom website and creating weekly newsletters.

  • Participated in Institute Day workshops addressing school requirements in regards to RTI.
May 2008Aug 2008

Children's Ministry Program Intern

Village Church of Gurnee

  • Managed administrative duties for a Sunday morning program that served over 350 children.
  • Taught students to respond respectfully and positively to various life situations.

  • Formatted lesson plans that integrated spiritual components for Pre-K children using Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Developed a structured learning plan that focused on self development in the areas of leadership, team function, facilitation, and small group ministry.

Education

Aug 2005May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Trinity International University

IL Type 03 Certification with MS Endorsements in Language Arts and Sciences

Relevant Coursework Includes:

  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Reading Literacy
  • Development and Assessment
  • Technology for Teachers
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Multicultural Field Experience

References

Vince Juarez

"We are extremely impressed with her classroom management skills and her enthusiastic teaching style. Her passion for learning is contagious! As parents of a kinesthetic learner, we appreciate the varied and dynamic classroom activities. Tiffany's lessons have inspired Adam to extend his learning beyond the classroom."

Kelly Marlot

"Recognizing that students learn best when they are involved in the process, Ms. Beck created opportunities for students to be active and have fun while learning. Throughout the year, she created numerous and unique opportunities for students to demonstrate their own skill levels."

Teaching Portfolio

Portfolio

Objective

Committed, experienced, and spiritually mature professional seeks an early elementary teaching position that will capitalize on my dedication to meeting the developmental needs of students by creating a safe, challenging, and nurturing learning environment.

Achievements

One of five Illinois KinderCare teachers selected to pilot an online curriculum that integrates SMART Board Technology across all subject areas. Selection was based on observation by the KinderCare Regional Vice President.

Summary

Experienced elementary education teacher relocating to the Wheaton, Illinois area in July of 2012.