LEEDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL- Leeds, AL Teacher in first grade classroom. Awarded The Leeds Education Foundation Grant. Provide social and academic support to children ages six to eight-years-old. Implementing curriculums, such as: Being a Writer©, Making Meaning©, Words Their Way©, and Investigations© Attend grade-level, school-wide, and PLC meetings regularly. Researching Next Generation Science Standards and how they can be implemented towards a project based approach to teaching. Awarded Certificate of Continuing Education by the Alabama Reading Association. Awarded Certificate of Continuing Education by Making Meaning© and Being a Writer© Awarded Certificate of Continuing Education by Autism Society of Alabama. VESTAVIA HILLS ELEMENTARY AT LIBERTY PARK – Vestavia Hills, AL Student teacher intern in kindergarten classroom Provided social and academic support to children ages five to seven Devised and implemented daily and long-term lesson plans –Differentiating instruction based on individual need of the child –Integrated various curriculums, such as: Wonders© and Envision Math© Collaborated with teachers from other schools regarding technology and how to effectively incorporate it into the classroom Attended grade-level, school-wide, and technology meetings regularly Planned and taught a special etiquette class for over 100 kindergarten students Communicated with parents regarding various activities, lessons, and upcoming events Observed and assisted with assessments, such as: Curriculum-Based Measurement (easyCBM), Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System AUBURN EARLY EDUCATION CENTER – Auburn, AL Practicum student teacher in a second grade classroom Conducted lessons that integrated a variety of standards and subjects Entered data into Information Now (iNow) regarding lunch orders, absences, and other various tasks Navigated programs, such as: Wonders Reading Series© AUBURN UNIVERSITY SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – Auburn, AL Wrote letters and collected pledges for donations Constructed and arranged a classroom for teaching and instruction Conducted project based curriculum and lessons with the guide of Teaching Strategies © Assessed students and the environment with tools, such as: ECERS, GOLDs, and various text from my classes HELPING AUBURN PRESCHOOLERS INTERVENING EARLY – Auburn, AL Assisted students with exceptionalities Worked alongside educators and psychologists to communicate, teach, and interact with each student Provided functional and academic support for students with exceptionalities RICHLAND ELEMENTARY – Auburn, AL Worked one-on-one with kindergarteners with phonological awareness, onset, rhymes, decoding, digraphs, blends, fluency, and other various aspects of reading Observed the first two days of kindergarten and other various days throughout the school year (2014) BROOKWOOD FOREST ELEMENTARY – Mountain Brook, AL Collaborated and observed with a kindergarten teacher regarding Words Their Way reading assessment, school functions, and classroom procedures THAT GIRL TRENDS BOUTIQUE LLC. – Online Retail (2013-Present) Owner and marketing manager for TGTB LLC Engineers hosting, domain, coding, and other various aspects regarding TGTB’s website Communicate with customers regarding all aspects of business
I believe children are influenced by both nature and nurture. It is my job, as their teacher, to create an atmosphere that supports their social, emotional, and physical needs. When a positive community is established within a classroom, children begin to learn. I believe it is imperative to create autonomy within each student. Autonomy is achieved when a child can govern him or herself throughout the day, effectively making wise decisions without being coerced or influenced by others. I believe I establish this in my classroom by showing respect to my students, modeling correct behavior, and providing effective guidance. I believe students should be educated on incorrect behavior and given the opportunity to establish their own rules at the beginning of the school year. This allows my students to be heard, while simultaneously creating a sense of responsibility to themselves and their peers. I believe that “teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” To inspire my students, I strongly believe in the project-based approach to learning. Project-based learning is guided by the teacher, but the students are the real catalysts for the project. As they brainstorm, create plans, research, and build models, they are actively meeting state standards with the assistance of their teacher. Children become motivated to do their work because their work is suddenly fun. With project-based learning, field trips become field experiences, a classroom may become a replica of a city, children become little engineers, and the year evolves into something they will never forget. I believe that students reinforce teacher-instructed knowledge best by actively playing games and participating in hands-on activities. I believe assessments are necessary, but they cannot assess personal qualities of a child, such as: creativity, resilience, curiosity, humor, self-awareness, leadership, empathy, humility, and sense of wonder, only naming a few. So within my classroom, we respect each other because we all having something to offer. I believe your child has the ability to change the world, and I am honored to be a part of that process in your child’s life.
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn, AL / 2015 Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, 3.4 Teacher Certification: Kindergarten through Third Grade: Early Childhood Education Dean’s List Scholarship Montgomery County Junior Miss Alabama Reading Initiative Certificate of Professional Development (2014) Awarded Certificate of Continuing Education by the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (2014) Awarded Certificate of Professional Development in Music by the Alabama Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (2015) Awarded Certificate of Professional Development for Being a Writer™, 1st Edition: Introduction and More (2015) Awarded Certificate of Getting Started with Making Meaning (2015) CPR, AED, First Aid, Administering Emergency Oxygen, and Professional Water Rescue Certified through the American Red Cross
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