Thornton Fractional South High School, Lansing English Teacher • AP Language and Composition • Freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior survey and co-taught courses • Taught Contemporary Fiction • Taught Expository Writing (a junior level writing course) and Rhetoric (a senior level writing course) • A supervisor for peer tutoring • Developed curricula for Young Adult Literature, Contemporary Issues, Advanced Journalism: Yearbook, AP Language and Composition, and Beginning Journalism courses Yearbook Adviser of Postscript 2006-2014 • 2013 book “Mosaic” won the The Gallery of Excellence Award from Walsworth Publishing, All-KEMPA” from the Kettle Moraine Press Association, Silver Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Second Class from the National Scholastic Press Association • 2012 book “Hello/Good-bye” won the The Gallery of Excellence Award from Walsworth Publishing, was featured in Possibilities, All-KEMPA” from the Kettle Moraine Press Association, Silver Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Second Class from the National Scholastic Press Association • 2011 book “Yourbook: A Place for Rebels” won The Gallery of Excellence Award from Walsworth Publishing, All-KEMPA” from the Kettle Moraine Press Association, First Class from the National Scholastic Press Association, and First Place with Two Distinctions in Coverage and Theme from the National Scholastic Press Association • 2010 book “The Real South” won The Gallery of Excellence Award from Walsworth Publishing, “All-KEMPA” from the Kettle Moraine Press Association, and First Place from the National Scholastic Press Association • IHSA Journalism: First Place at Sectionals 2010, 2011; Ranked sixth in state 2011 Other Duties • Cooperating teacher for a student teacher in Spring, 2013 • Mentored several National Board Candidates, during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years to teachers within the district, three achieved Master Certification November, 2010 • Mentored three new teachers - one during the 2006-2007 school year and two during the 2009-2010 school year • Club Sponsor of the Tri-S Club, which organized several student activities including: Winter Ball and Blood Drives, 2002-2006 • Co-chair of the Reading Intervention Committee for school’s NCA Goals, 2002-2006
Creativity, adaptability, relevance to students' lives, and fun are the four key components I must include in my lesson plans. Creativity, relevance to students' lives and fun help students become active learners and enables them to take responsibility for their learning and the learning of their other classmates. Adaptability is key because sometimes a lesson may run over the scheduled time and need to push things back a day. Also, it helps to work with other school schedules, like days off, pep rallies, assemblies, and shorten days. I like to be prepared to adapt any lessons because I am able to be in control of what the students are learning and able to do so without stressing out over a schedule change. Relevance to students' lives in a fundamental part to help students know the relevance of the required texts to their lives. I am able to help students understand and reflect on this connection in journals, learning challenges, role play activities/essays, and in discussions. Fun is a major component to my teaching style and my lesson plans; fun could be little jokes I make, my word choice or pronunciation to keep my students listening (or for me to figure out which students are listening), and just silly moves that I may act out to show appreciation and as feedback for their learning.
-National Board Certified Teacher 2005-Present -Nominated for a Golden Apple 2009
Master’s in Arts in English with a concentration in Journalism Education University of Missouri, Columbia Additional Coursework Saint Xavier University Master of Arts in Education Olivet Nazarene University Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education University of Illinois at Chicago
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