I have extensive knowledge of the public and post-secondary education systems. I understand the importance of formative assessments being used to guide instruction, and the need to develop coherence using creativity and inquiry. I understand the importance of creating collaborative learning opportunities for students to practice communication, learn from their mistakes, and use their community to improve their own skills. As a professional writer, I have experience with grant writing and development, and editing and writing material for a variety of audiences. I have produced curriculum and differentiated lessons for educational facilities in the U.S., China, Singapore and Malaysia. I have been in leadership roles in the areas of special education, reading, assessment, behavior management, writing and technology. I have led training and support for fellow staff members, administration, neighboring school districts, and serve as an instructional coach for fellow colleagues and staff
I firmly believe that there is power in education, and because of the selfless love of my family, an amazing educator in my past, and my own walk with God I have become an educator who aims to serve and love “my kids” daily. I know that many of them come from tough homes, and many have been broken. Therefore, I make it a goal to share His spirit and message through my own actions in the classroom.
● Grant writer for $5000 Geek Your Classroom Grant (awarded) ● Editor and Writer for Cardinal Community School District Teacher Leadership Grant ●Wrote Bright Ideas Grant for $5000 for Cardinal Elementary Library (awarded, and listed as one of the top three grants in the submission pool) ●Grant writer for OHS Sped. Dept. to fulfill research based off Master’s thesis to provide 6 computers for all special education classrooms. Thus, using technology to bridge the gap between special education and general education population (awarded) ●Published children’s author: Peachy Penelope
Education ●Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (2015) ●Master of Arts in Teaching: Instructional Strategist I & Reading K-12 (2011) ●Bachelor of Science: Elementary and Middle Grades Education (2006) Endorsements: Language Arts K-12, Reading K-12, Special Education K-12, Social Studies K-8, & Middle School Generalist 5-9 Highly Qualified: Elementary Content Knowledge, Language Arts 5-9, & English 9-12 Certification: ● State of Iowa, Alaska and Florida: Master’s/Professional License ○ K-12 Special Education ○ K-12 English ○ K-12Reading ○ K-8 Teacher Elementary Classroom ○ K-8 Language Arts ○ K-8 Social Studies ○ 5-12 Language Arts ○ 5-8 Middles School Generalist (any subject area) ● Second Chance Reading Certificate ● Project Wild Science Certificate ● First Aid and CPR Training ● Fierce Conversations ● Emotional Intelligence
I have taught in a variety of states, grade levels, and subject areas. I have instructed students from preschool to college, and am passionate about teaching individuals no matter how big or small. In my free time I love writing, water skiing, whitewater rafting, and exercising. I married my high school sweetheart, Gavin. We have three wonderful children who keep us smiling and on our toes. Our son, Nehemiah, loves science and is an avid fisherman/outdoorsman. Our daughter, Evelyn, is a fashionista who loves music and reading. Lilyan, our youngest, loves art and helping in the kitchen. As a family, we all love reading, cooking, hiking and spending time together. Email: email@example.com Website: http://Flourishingineducation.weebly.com Blog: http://aleciagardner.blogspot.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/Mrs.Gardner Wiki: http://aleciagardner.wikispaces.com
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Science, Education, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Instructional Technology, Writing, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading