My resume

Deidre L. Swoope

1203 Noble Avenue S.W. l Decatur, Alabama 35601 l (256) 642 – 1778 (cell)

(256) 351 – 0722 (home) l


  • An enthusiastic educator with a desire to use my talents to prepare students for the future.



  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 
  • Master of Arts in Teaching – with Certification in Social Science, Western Governors University
    • Master Capstone: Effectiveness of Assistive Technology In a Social Science Thematic Unit

Professional Certification

  • State of Alabama Class B Teaching Certificate in General Social Science
  • State of Tennessee, Master’s Level Teaching Certificate in History
  • State of Georgia, Master’s Level Professional Certificate  in Social Science
  • Adventist Education Certification
    • Professional Social Sciences
    • Sociology
  • International Baccalaureate Level II Teacher


Professional Experience
2014 – Present                         
Director of First Year Experience/Assistant Professor, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Program Coordinator, Department of History and Political Science, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Provide quality instruction in the areas of African-American History, Latin American History, Minorities in America, Geography
  • Academic advising
  • Demonstrate professional growth
  • Attend departmental meetings, workshops, and in-service training sessions
  • Create and maintain an active research agenda
  • Serve on university committees


Spring Semester 2014                   

Adjunct Instructor, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

  • Instructed students in Regional Geography


2010 - 2014                             

History Instructor, Oakwood Adventist Academy, Huntsville, AL

  • Students showed a three year gain in test scores in Social Science Content in 2009 – 2010 school year
  • Established an open line of communication with academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students
  • Maintained a level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students, parents, and staff


2006 – 2009                            

Social Studies Teacher, Decatur City Schools, Decatur, AL

  • Established an open line of communication with academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students
  • Provided academic modifications for special needs students.
  • Maintained a level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students, parents, and staff


Highlighted Experience

Summer 1998                          

Student Intern, Center for Applied Social Research, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

  • Observation and Research on Issues of Social Interest
  • Utilization of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods and Programs 
  • Basic Applications of Grant Writing

Summer 1996 and 1997 – 1998                         

Student Intern, Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN

  • Learned basic functions of museum work and fundraising
  • Developed Permanent Displays in Museum


Service and Lectures

2015                                         Author, “Adventures of Geography Girl” (Graphic Novel, self – publishing in progress)

2015                                         Faculty Trainer, Ways to Increase Technology in History Classes

2014                                         Faculty Advisor, Oakwood University Historical Society

2014                                         Facilitator, “Ways to Increase Interest and Motivation in Secondary Social Science Classes”  SU of Seventh Day Adventist

2014                                         Senior Class Sponsor, Oakwood Adventist Academy

2012                                         Interview, “Why I Chose to become a Teacher” as part National Teachers Initiative featured on NPR in conjunction with StoryCorp.   

2012                                         Selected Audience Member – “American Graduate Teacher Town Hall” meeting featured on Alabama Public Television

2010                                         Accreditation Visiting Team for Southern Union at Madison Academy in Nashville, Tennessee

2010                                         Cheerleading Sponsor, Oakwood Adventist Academy

2008                                         Budget Committee, Oak Park Middle School

Courses Taught

Middle/High School Courses

  1. World History
  2. African American History
  3. World History (Pre-History to A.D. 1500)
  4. World History (A.D. 1500 to Present)
  5. US History I and II
  6. World Geography
  7. Economics
  8. American Government
  9. Reading In the Content Area
  10. Life Skills


University Courses

  1. African American History I and II
  2. Colonial Latin American History
  3. Recent Latin American History
  4. Minorities in America
  5. Regional Geography

Employment Skills

  1. Adaptability to a variety of situations
  2. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  3. Strong organizational skills
  4. Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook)
  5. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)