Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

Minersville Area School District Title I Reading Specialist (August 2012 to present), 1 Battlin’ Miners Drive PO BOX 787, Minersville PA 17954

Reading Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Work under limited supervision following standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; and operating within a defined budget.
  • Collect, analyze, and prepare data for the interpretation and reporting to the district, state, and federal agencies.
  • Co-teach with 1st and 3rd grade teachers and other Reading Specialists to ensure students’ continued success in reading.
  • Promote a safe and positive learning environment for students.
  • Monitor student progress for the purpose of providing student feedback on a regular basis to students, teachers, and parents, and determining interventions for those students who are diagnosed as “at risk” readers.
  • Further personal education via staff development, college courses, etc. for the purpose of staying current with the latest and best practices, and learning new theories and technology.

Graduate Assistant Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Reading Department (May 2011- August 2012), Bloomsburg University, 400 E 2nd St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Graduate Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Worked with Reading Practicum students at Memorial Elementary School, Bloomsburg Area School District.
  • Filled in and assessed students in the tutor program as needed. Assessments include: DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills), DRA’s (Developmental Reading Assessments), and BRI’s (Basic Reading Inventories).
  • Supervised elementary students.
  • Presented graduate research in conjunction with Bloomsburg Area School District.

Long Term Kindergarten Substitute Teacher Bloomsburg Area School District (January 2012-June 2012), 728 East Fifth Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Developed and implemented thematic units and daily lesson plans.
  • Supervised students and worked on improving classroom management skills.
  • Promoted and facilitated the school-wide discipline initiative.
  • Worked with paraprofessionals, reading aides, and Title I teachers in a team-teaching environment.
  • Participated in weekly team teaching meetings with grade level teachers and administration.
  • Assumed all teaching responsibilities including: instruction, supervision, planning, report cards, parent communication, and progress monitoring.

Camp Counselor Shikellamy Outdoor Education Camp (May 3- May 7 2010), Camp Mt Luther- 335 Mt. Luther Lane, Mifflinburg, PA 17844; Cooperating Teacher, Mr. Ziegler

Teaching responsibilities for four sections (60 students) of fifth grade campers:

  • Acted as a cabin counselor and mentor for 10 fifth grade girls.
  • Taught and assisted with several environmental lessons including: owl pellet dissections, fire safety awareness, stress trails, survival skills and various cooperative learning activities.
  • Supervised students on a 24-hour basis.

1st Grade Student Teacher Blue Mountain School District (March-May 2010), Blue Mountain Elementary East: 675 Red Dale Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961; Cooperating Teacher, Mrs. Mack

Teaching responsibilities for one section (28 students) of 1st grade classroom:

  • Assisted in the planning, preparation, and implementation of class projects and lessons.
  • Worked on establishing a positive classroom management plan to carry with throughout teaching career.
  • Worked with 1st grade students using the DIBELS 5 Big Ideas in Early Literacy.
  • Participated in parent-teacher conferences, as well as Individual Education Program (IEP’s).
  • Promoted the learning focus approach into my own lessons and incorporated numerous interactive bulletin boards.

5th Grade Student Teacher Blue Mountain School District (January 2009-March 2010), Blue Mountain Elementary East: 675 Red Dale Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961; Cooperating Teacher, Mrs. Steinhilber

Teacher responsibilities for five sections (130 students) of 5th grade science classroom:

  • Assisted in the planning, preparation, and implementation of class projects and lessons.
  • Developed and taught a two week unit on Ecosystems using the PA Department of Education SAS as a reference and created an interactive bulletin board center to expand student learning.
  • Utilized resources and technology to adjust lesson plans to fit school’s ability grouping and worked with other 5th grade teachers in a team-teaching environment.
  • Studied and implemented the inquiry-based science Foss curriculum.
  • Participated in professional development hours and training in Learning Focused and the Foss curriculum.
  • Served as a Science Fair Advisor for 4th and 5th grade students.

Philadelphia Urban Practicum (May 17- May 29, 2009), Fairhill Elementary: 601 W Sumerset St, Philadelphia, PA 19133-2398; Cooperating Teacher, Ms. Norris

Teaching responsibilities for one section (28 students) of 3rd grade classroom:

  • Assisted in the planning, preparation, and implementation of class projects and lessons.
  • Promoted a positive discipline plan which emphasized student responsibility and accountability.
  • Developed thematic units and activities.
  • Utilized computer technology to enhance lesson plans using integrated technology projects