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expected May 2014

address: 25707 Woodward, Apt. 206 Royal Oak, MI, 48067 phone: 248-895-7105 email: online portfolio:

I hope to become a highly effective secondary English and journalism teacher, and to create an engaging, student-centered classroom for my students.

English endorsement Journalism endorsement Highly Qualified to teach English, yearbook, newspaper, and journalism Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI l Teacher certification and graduate course work | GPA: 4.0 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI l Bachelor of Arts: English; Journalism minor | GPA: 3.77 Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills, MI

Spring 2014 Spring 2013 Spring 2009

2013-2014 school year

Utica High School, Utica, MI: English 10, yearbook, journalism, and newspaper l English Teacher: Maintained responsibility for two sophomore American Literature classes w Planned all lessons to align with district curriculum pacing guide and Common Core State Standards w Crafted formative and summative assessments to gauge student progress on a daily basis w Facilitated Socratic discussions to engage students with literary analysis and foster critical thinking skills w Significantly improved students writing and grammar skills l Publication Adviser: Co-advised two award-winning student publications, Arrow newspaper and Warrior yearbook w Individualized instruction to improve all students journalistic writing skills and techniques w Taught students how to skillfully use professional publication technology, including Adobe InDesign and Adobe PhotoShop w Ensured all stories and layouts met high publication standards l Teaching Professional: Joined the professional learning community and worked with colleagues, administrators, and parents w Assisted struggling students in schools bottom 30% to improve their motivation and performance; gathered and reported data for district use w Attended professional development sessions to improve teaching practices w Conducted parent-teacher conferences without mentor teachers assistance w Proctored standardized testing, including ACT and PLAN tests Bath Middle School, Bath, MI: 7th grade English Language Arts l Planned and facilitated weekly interactive lessons that kept students attentive, engaged, and motivated l Implemented classroom management techniques to maintain student focus

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI: Preparation for College Writing course l Instructed a diverse group of ESL students, and encouraged multiculturalism and multilingualism in the classroom l Frequently led collegiate Socratic seminars to develop critical thinking skills Gardner Middle School, Lansing, MI: 6th and 7th grade reading l Mentored special education and at-risk students to ensure their success in the classroom l Developed and investigated a research question Eastern High School, Lansing, MI: Advance Path Program l Provided individual help for at-risk students to help them attain their high school diploma l Assisted students with online-based classes in a variety of subjects

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Summer 2013

Grading The Teachers professional journalism conference: Managing Assistant l Collaborated with Michigan State University professors to coordinate and execute a professional 3-day conference for education journalists l Attended and participated in lectures and debates about changing teacher evaluation standards and how journalists can best cover the topic Michigan Interscholastic Press Association: Activity Assistant l Oversaw recreational activities and assisted with the check-in process for high school journalists at MIPAs annual summer camp l Volunteered to proctor timed journalistic writing contests for high school journalists at MIPAs spring conference Learning, Culture, and Technology in Europe Study Abroad l Visited and researched different types of schools, including international schools, a Dutch public school, and a refugee school l Planned and facilitated a detailed lesson about American culture for refugee and asylum-seeking students between the ages of 12 and 18 l Developed global competencies, and logged experiences and reflections in a professional portfolio website

Spring/Summer 2013

Summer 2012


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MSU School of Journalism Winthrop Faulkner Scholarship National Council for Teachers of English Student Affiliation Michigan State University Deans List


Skilled with various educational technologies, including Adobe Creative Suite, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Remind101, and Schoology l Eager to advise student publications and enter them into state and national journalism competitions to recognize student achievement

References and teaching philosophy are available upon request.