Christina E. Steeves




Objective            To provide guidance, support and inspiration to children in an early childhood setting


Education            Alma College  Alma, MI           

Bachelor of Arts                                                                                                               December 2009

Major:  Elementary Education

Minors:  Math and English                                                                      Cumulative GPA: 3.89

·       Early Childhood Endorsement                                                               Summa Cum Laude

Certified DPI 71 Early Childhood to Middle Childhood (Birth-Age 11), WMELS, First Aid/CPR/AED

Teaching Development

         K5 Teacher La Causa Charter School Milwaukee, WI                           February 2012-Present

·       Taught Six Traits Writing, writing workshop, Treasures Reading, Houghton Mifflin Math and developed math and reading centers

·       Developed strategies to enhance lessons for ELL and provide classroom management through PBIS for a number of behaviorally challenging students


        K5/5th Grade Math Long Term Substitute La Causa Charter School

        Milwaukee, WI                                                                      September 2011-February 2012

·       Cooperatively taught in an open concept SAGE K5 classroom

·       Planned and taught 5th grade math to a bilingual and two monolingual classes using a smart board

                   Second Grade Hillcrest Elementary  Alma, MI                                                         Fall 2009

Semester Long Student Teaching; Supervising Teacher: Laura Hirschman

     ·       Successfully managed a classroom of 23 students through a variety of strategies

     ·       Planned and implemented creative lessons in all subject areas including a multicultural lesson, technology lessons, book clubs, and a service learning project


Great Start Readiness Program

Young 5s Burr Oak Elementary  Burr Oak, MI                                                        Spring 2009

7 Week Student Teaching; Supervising Teacher: Ashlee Schultz

     ·       Planned and taught lessons aligning to Creative Curriculum standards including nutrition

     ·       Adhered to guidelines of a state-funded preschool program including home visits


Second Grade Vestaburg Elementary  Vestaburg, MI                                             Winter 2009

40 hour placement; Supervising Teacher: Karen Berry

     ·       Taught math concepts in whole group, small group, and one-on-one settings

     ·      Presented and actively engaged students in science material


Second Grade Hillcrest Elementary  Alma, MI                                                           Fall 2008

40 hour placement; Supervising Teacher: Laura Hirschman

     ·       Helped with guided reading and comprehension during Language Arts

     ·       Assisted with writing workshops including one-on-one editing with children     


                   Fifth Year Instituto Arcángel San Miguel Buenos Aries, Argentina                           Spring 2008
                   6 hour placement; Supervising Teacher: Mariela Ferraris                       

     ·       Planned and taught four interactive lessons for students in the fifth year basic English class

     ·       Substituted for a sixth year class teaching American games and managed the classroom with a combination of limited Spanish and English


                   Preschool Special Education Luce Road E.C.L.C.  Alma, MI                                    Spring 2007

                   36 hour placement; Supervising Teacher: Tammy Klifman                       

     ·       Facilitated centers that supported children’s sensory, cognitive and motor skill development

     ·       Encouraged physical development and social interaction in outdoor play


                   First-Fourth Grades Ithaca North & Ithaca South Elementary  Ithaca, Mi               Winter 2007

                   40 hour placement; Supervising Teachers: Nancy O’Brien & Peggy Heffner

     ·       Observed implementation of Title I reading groups at various elementary levels

     ·       Wrote and taught a descriptive paragraph writing lesson for second grade


                   Kindergarten Luce Road E.C.L.C.  Alma, MI                                                              Fall 2006

                   30 hour placement; Supervising Teacher: Angela Elsea

     ·       Helped students with letter recognition and phonics

     ·       Observed and wrote a 34 page case study on a child’s development


                   First Grade Carrie Knause E.C.L.C.  St. Louis, MI                                                  Spring 2006

                   30 hour placement; Supervising teacher:  Sue Carey

     ·       Provided individual instruction on money and comprehension concepts

     ·       Conducted assessments of money recognition


Multiple Early Childhood Classrooms Chicago Schools Chicago, IL                                Spring 2006

10 hour placement, Supervising Teacher:  Dr. Peggy Thelen

     ·      Observed diverse settings including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Afro-centric

     ·       Assisted for 6 hours in a bilingual Puerto Rican daycare



      La Causa School Governance Council Member 2012

       La Causa Learning Team Member 2012

       La Causa Transition Team  Member 2012

                  Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership Fellow                       

                        Developer and Presenter:  “Bringing Peace into the Classroom” Workshop

        Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Sister 2005-2009                                   

                   Education Club President, 2007-2008; Secretary, 2006-2007           

                   Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honorary  Chapter Founder & Vice President, 2008-2009           

                   Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary  Treasurer 2008-2009

Other Employment 

                  Infant Primary Teacher

                  Kohl's Child Development Center  Menomenee Falls, WI                                             January 2010-Present 

    ·       Provided care for children ages six months to 5 years

    ·       Encouraged activities to develop physical, social, cognitive and creative skills including reading books, dramatic play, and games fostering language arts and math development


                  von Briesen & Roper, s.c.  Milwaukee, WI                                                               Summer 2009

    ·      Organized, scanned, and copied files and created spreadsheets and tables in Microsoft Word and Excel


                     Substitute Teacher

                     Wilsub  Gratiot/Isabella Counties, MI                                                     January 2009-April 2009

    ·       On-call to substitute for teachers and paraprofessionals, and food services in elementary and secondary grades including special needs classrooms

    ·      Taught lessons while maintaining a safe and productive learning environment



                     Alma College Pool  Alma, MI                                                                    April 2007-April 2009

    ·       Ensured safety during senior water aerobics and open swim

    ·       Maintained current lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certifications       

Program Intern

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee  Milwaukee, WI                                     Summer 2008

    ·       Matched children to caring adult mentors based on interviews with volunteers, children and parents

    ·       Provided match support to ensure safe and positive relationships

    ·       Planned and attended BBBS programs and coordinated raffles for ticket donations


                  Waterfront Director/Cabin Counselor           

                  Swift Nature Camp  Minong, WI                                                                   Summers 2006, 2007

                       ·       Managed the waterfront area and other lifeguards and planned and taught swim lessons and activities

     ·      Lived in a cabin with ten young girls and worked toward fostering individual development