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Amanda Borden

312 W. Candlewyck Dr. Apt. 1824 Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (616) 566-2350
To obtain a professional position where I am able to foster independent thinking, learning, and growth for
students of all backgrounds. I am also interested in participating in extra-curricular activities, including
academic and leadership programs throughout the community.
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
April 2014
Major: English, Minor: Communication
GPA: 3.79 Magna cum Laude
Michigan Provisional Secondary Certificate:
6-12 English, 6-12 Communication/Speech (Pending the processing of paperwork)
Professional Educational Services Group, LLC.
Kalamazoo, MI
Substitute Teacher
Collaborated with a variety of faculty and staff in schools around the Kalamazoo area to ensure
and improve safe and productive learning environments
Maintained engaging and rigorous classrooms based on set expectations and lesson plans
Recorded student progress with course material as detailed by the provided lesson plans to
ensure maximum learning during teacher absences
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
English 1000 Instructor
Created engaging lesson plans centered around further development of the drafting, revising,
and publishing process for two diverse sections of students
Integrated challenging grammar lessons aimed at continual progress in writing proficiency
Attended weekly staff development meetings to further study best practices in teaching writing
Michigan Tech University Writing/Multiliteracies Center
Houghton, MI
Writing Coach
Influenced first-year college students through one-on-one workshops to boost confidence with
processing ideas and finding new ways to approach the writing process
Researched and developed effective strategies for improving communication in writing and
presentations, especially for English Language Learners
Hope College Milestone Yearbook
Holland, MI
Photography Editor
Selected and coordinated a team of photographers in the pursuit of recording campus activities
Organized and edited photos collected by our team for use in the yearly Milestone publication

Galesburg-Augusta High School
Galesburg, MI
Secondary Internship
January-April 2014
Constructed creative and rigorous lesson plans and rubrics meeting ELA Common Core State
Standards, as well as accompanying formative and summative assessments to effectively engage
and meet the needs of a diverse group of tenth grade students
Modified and accommodated assignments and assessments for students with learning disabilities
Participated in community building activities and events, and professional development meetings
Hillside Middle School
Kalamazoo, MI
Secondary Pre-Internship
April-June 2013
Observed and assisted with instruction and assessment for a group of diverse seventh grade
students; created cooperative learning groups and student-centered activities to increase student
engagement and interest
Worked individually with struggling readers using research based strategies for growth
Debate and Forensic Curriculum Research
Student Researcher
Researched theories of communication education focusing on speech, debate, and forensics at
the secondary level
Collected materials to help accommodate and lead forensic and debate competitions
Created a classroom syllabus, schedule, lesson plans, and accompanying assessments based on
extensive research of speech, debate, and forensic competitions in secondary schools
Black River Public School
Holland, MI
Ensured the safety and well-being of recess, lunch, and student drop-off time.
Encouraged and fostered appropriate activities to meet the social, physical and educational
needs for all ages of students.
Helped faculty and students of the theatre department in the direction and creation of costumes
and other stage equipment


Western Michigan University Deans List
Patricia A. Grisholm Endowment for Theatre Education Scholarship
Michigan Technological University Deans List
Blue Key National Honor Society of Michigan Technological University
Academic Competitiveness Grant
Hope College Deans List
Community Service Scholarship of the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation