Netzaberg Middle School August 2008 to June 2013 Teacher of English Taught ELA 8 from September 2011 through June 2013. Highest Terra Nova Scores for the eighth grade English department since schools opening. This was achieved through cross team planning with the ELA 8 department and with cross curricular planning with the collective eighth grade core teachers. Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher Assumed the responsibility for the role at the year’s mid-point. Taught sixth grade ELA and Social Studies. Substitute Teacher Stood in place for the proper teacher when there was an absence. Filled in for the full range of classes during my tine serving the school in this capacity. Lehigh Acres Middle School August 2007 to July 2008 Teacher of Reading Taught seventh and eighth grade intensive reading, seventh grade on-level reading primarily using the Language! program (books C, D, E, and F). Students’ FCAT gains often above 200 points, many reached from 300 to 700 point gains. When no books were available, technology (Smart boards, Power Point, and Document Camera) was utilized to create comprehensive lesson plans that followed district mandated course timelines. My students stayed in step with other students in the county whose schools had adequate books and supplies. Tuesdays and Thursdays were my scheduled after school tutoring sessions. Fort Myers High School August 2005 to June 2007 Teacher of English Tenth grade Pre-IB, tenth grade regular, and ninth grade skills using a combination of county adopted texts and miscellaneous outside resources. Highlights include: “Thought Crime” experiment, daily 10 minute writes, and FCAT preparation. Teacher of Reading Taught Language! (books C,D,E, and F). Highlights include: several students showing FCAT gains above 300 points. Secretary to, and member of, Reading Leadership Team and responsible for recording the minutes of the Cross-Curriculum Reading Committee meetings, designing reading strategies to be implemented school-wide. Member of the 2006 summer cadre for differentiated instruction in reading with emphasis in the Language! program. Sponsor of Thespian Troupe #334 Took One Act, “Check Please” to state level competition for the first time in five years. Duties included mentoring the students’ progress with their individual pieces, demonstrating what will be expected of them in professional theater with regard to both performance and technical capacities, and chaperoning them at district and state competitions.
If we aren't laughing a little, we aren't having a productive class. My students know there is a schedule and we must keep pace with it or get ahead a little. All that said, I don't want to go to work and not have fun. I want to enjoy the time. I've found that if that's my attitude, it sets the tone for the kids to feel the same.
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I am working for a DoDEA school right now. I'm a local hire. This has a distinct advantage. I have been hired several times and in several capacities. I've had no time to rest. I have had to adapt to different subjects and grade levels each year. Each year I've asked for the additional challenge of being a floater. This requires me to focus on what is important about my students' needs and environment. In response, I've developed a near virtual classroom that I can upload into any room in which I should find myself. That naturally transitioned to a virtual classroom my students could take with them anywhere in the world. (Unique to DoDEA, students leave school for a month or more at a time as their parents come back from deployment and are expected to keep pace with the class.) My students email me with questions, turn in homework online, and enjoy coming to our real classrooms.