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HELENA E.

JANKOWSKI
269.274.2752 | helenajankowski@gmail.com | linkedin.com/in/helenajankowski | hejankowski.weebly.com
CERTIFICATION
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate
o K-5 All Subject Areas May 2017
o K 12 Special Education; Learning Disabilities Endorsement May 2017
o K 8 English as a Second Language May 2017
o 6 8 Language Arts May 2017
AMERICAN RED CROSS
o CPR/AED/First Aid for Adults, Children, and Infants

EDUCATION
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY East Lansing, MI
Teacher Certification Program May 2017
o 12 graduate credits in Special Education completed
Bachelor of Arts; Special Education Learning Disabilities May 2016
o Teaching Major: Language Arts; Teaching Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
o Urban Education Cohort
o Study Abroad: Contemporary Issues in Developing Societies in Belize Spring 2016
Implemented intensive reading instruction to students with special needs in a rural San Ignacio, Belize.
Delivered hygiene and sex education to children and adults in and around San Ignacio.
o Study Abroad: Education, Society, and Learning in South Africa Summer 2015
Observed the pedagogy, behavior management, and culture of classrooms in rural, urban, township, and special needs schools.
Conducted independent research using interviews, curriculum review, and archival searches regarding the teacher preparation and
professional development of Special Education teachers in South Africa
Presented research findings to an audience of graduate students and professors at Michigan State Universitys Learning Abroad
Conference.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
BRET HARTE MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAGNET CLUSTER SCHOOL Chicago, IL
Title 1 School; 85.6% African American, 8.4% Hispanic, 3.9% Caucasian, 2.1% Other; 74.5% Low Income; 15% Special Needs; 6.6% ELL
Special Education Resource Room January 2017 Present
o Engaged diverse learners with learning disabilities, emotional impairments, developmental delays, and autism in the areas of reading,
writing, and mathematics utilizing project-based learning and student inquiry.
o Conducted norm-referenced testing, curriculum-based measures, and progress monitoring to assess student eligibility for special
education services.
o Participated in IEP meetings for the initial referral and annual review for diverse learners.
o Utilized assessment data to design reading and math interventions, track student growth in fluency and comprehension, and create
robust annual IEP goals.
o Implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to successfully manage student behavior.
2nd Grade General Education August 2016 December 2016
o Designed inquiry-based instructional units in all core content areas for 30 second grade students, in alignment with the Common Core
State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
o Differentiated instruction utilizing a Multi-Tier System of Supports to meet the needs of a wide range of students, including diverse
learners and English Learners.
o Facilitated intensive reading instructional groups utilizing Fountas & Pinnells Leveled Literacy Intervention System.
o Administered and analyzed norm-referenced tests, curriculum-based measures, and progress monitoring to track student growth and
eligibility for special education services.
o Implemented a classroom management system based on principles of positive reinforcement and restorative justice.
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o Facilitated an after school club for 3 5 grade girls to promote inquiry and investigation, and encourage appreciation of STEAM
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CLEAR LAKE CAMP & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER (BATTLE CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS) Dowling, MI
Lead Instructor June 2013 August 2016
o Created interactive, Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons focusing on outdoor education, gardening, environmental
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science, animal science, and recreation for diverse groups of up to 600 Kindergarten 5 grade students.
o Provided individualized, targeted instruction to students with social-emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.
o Applied positive behavior interventions and conflict mediation skills to resolve behavioral problems and de-escalate conflicts.

MACDONALD MIDDLE SCHOOL East Lansing, MI


59.7% Caucasian, 16.7% African American, 6.9% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 8.7% Other; 34.6% Low Income; 10% Special Needs; 5% ELL
6 8th grade English as a Second Language January 2016 May 2016
o Designed targeted instruction incorporating speaking, listening, reading, and writing, to meet WIDA standards and develop the
language proficiency skills of 23 English Learners from various cultural backgrounds and language proficiency levels.
o Administered and analyzed diagnostic assessments to respond to student needs using research-based interventions.

VIVIAN RIDDLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Lansing, MI


Title 1 School; 47.3% African American, 30.1% Caucasian, 11.3% Other, 8.1% Hispanic, 3.2% Asian; 78.5% Low Income; 36% Special Needs; 5% ELL
Third Grade Student Intern September 2015 May 2016
o Promoted authentic student inquiry through meaningful thematic units and cross-curriculum learning in Language Arts, Mathematics,
Science, and Social Studies by utilizing backwards lesson design.
o Facilitated small groups to provide scaffolded literacy and mathematics instruction to students with intensive needs.
o Tracked maladaptive behavior utilizing applied behavior analysis to create functional behavior assessments and successfully
implemented behavior intervention plans.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP
URBAN EDUCATION COHORT East Lansing, MI
Member August 2012 May 2016
o Completed 26 credits of undergraduate course work in urban-focused education classes.
o Attended over 40 hours of professional development sessions including urban educator panels, annual urban speaker series, urban
literacy conferences, and an immersion tour of public schools in Chicago.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE EDUCATION & HOUSING SERVICES East Lansing, MI
Resident Assistant August 2013 May 2016
o Fostered a living-learning community on a residence hall floor of 52 ethnically and culturally diverse undergraduate students.
o Developed, marketed, and implemented weekly programming efforts supporting over 300 residents for enrichment and education in
the areas of academic success, health and wellness, multiculturalism, civic engagement, and sense of community.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
o Google Certified Educator, Level 2
o Understanding Performance Assessments Using Depth of Knowledge (Chicago Public Schools) December 2016
o AVID Program Trained Tutor September 2015
o Michigan Association for Gifted Children Conference October 2015
o Learning Abroad Conference, Presenter: Ubuntu October 2015
o Creating Inclusive Excellence in Teacher Education Conference February 2015
o Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference March 2014

AFFILIATIONS & HONORS
o Michigan State University College of Education Commencement Speaker
o Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning
o Urban Education Cohort
o Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
o Tomorrows Educators for the Advancement of Multiculturalism
o Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society
o International Thespian Society