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Robin Evans

Improving Proficiency • Creating Cultural Awareness • Integrating


Technology

117 Warden Avenue, Shavertown PA 18708


(570) 574-7844
robin.evans@tasd.net

EXPERIENCED SPANISH EDUCATOR


…dedicated to guiding students toward proficiency while inspiring an
insatiable passion for
Hispanic culture and grammatical accuracy

Spanish instructor with 31 years experience and a Master’s Degree teaching a


communicative approach to Spanish with an integration of grammar and culture.
Utilization of ACTFL Standards coupled with a variety of instructional and technological
aids helps to bring students to a high level of proficiency.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• An enthusiastic, creative, and passionate Spanish educator, mentor
and advisor who believes that students of all ages can learn Spanish and will be
successful in a learning environment that is stimulating, technologically advanced,
non-threatening, and appropriate to their unique talents, needs, and abilities.
• Specializations include: 32 years of teaching Spanish, Foreign Language
Department Chairperson, AP Accredited Spanish Teacher – AP Central, Dual
Certification Spanish I and II Teacher, ESL certified, Creator of 8th grade Spanish I
Program, various years of interpretation and translation services including the
Federal Government, AP Reader of AP Spanish Language Exam, Instructor of
Spanish at Penn State University.
• Instructional methodologies – Use a communicative approach combined
with grammatical instruction and culture to create a well rounded knowledge of
Spanish. Use modern technological resources to enhance curricula with a focus on
the ACTFL Standards for the teaching of Spanish: Communication, Connections,
Community, Culture and Conversation.
• Communication among Co-workers – Communication between other
Spanish teachers is necessary to maintain consistency between the levels of
Spanish, and to maintain the focus on building proficiency.
• Travel involvement – Trips to museums, theatres and restaurants expose
students to the cultural component of language learning. Travel abroad with
students to various Hispanic countries is crucial for emersion strategies and culture
awareness: Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain.
• Daily conversation in the target language – The end result of language
learning is for communication; to guide students past the threshold of non-fluency
to fluency while maintaining high grammatical accuracy in Spanish.
HIGHLIGHTED PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
TUNKHANNOCK HIGH SCHOOL, Tunkhannock, PA September
1982 - Present
Robin Evans
Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency
Full Time High School Spanish Teacher and Foreign Language Department
Chairperson
• Teach Spanish I, II, Honors III, Honors IV, and AP Spanish for grades 9-12.
• Utilize multiple assessments in compliance with district and state requirements to
inform instruction.
• Use innovative methods and technology to produce effective learning experiences
including cooperative learning, thematic instruction and differentiation.
• Use a variety of methods to teach Spanish to Students with special needs with
IEPs.

Highlighted Achievements
• Teach an accredited AP Spanish Program using an AP Central approved syllabus
as well as become trained as a certified AP Spanish teacher from Goucher College.
• Worked as an AP evaluator of the AP Spanish Language Exam in Cincinnati, Ohio.
• Provide instructional and administration leadership for the new-teacher mentoring
program as often as the need arises.
• Implemented an additional year of Spanish as a pre-requisite to AP Spanish which
gives students the opportunity to take 5 years of Spanish.
• Enforced the “No Child Left Behind” Act through supplemental educational
services.
• Implemented the 8th grade Spanish Program which allows students to complete 5
years of Spanish upon graduation.
• Offer Honors Spanish III and Honors Spanish IV as Dual Certification Courses
whereby successful completion allows students college credit.
• Travel with students to Hispanic countries during the summer in order to fulfill the
ACTFL Culture Standard and give students cultural awareness.
• Develop daily lesson plans and testing materials; encourage the use of
technology to enhance instruction to other department members, infusing the
use the latest technology to conduct research and prepare reports, including:
the Internet, Italki.com, department websites, PowerPoint presentation
software, on-line library research, Skype, Promethium Board, listening
comprehension software, and videos.
• Assisted with the Ski Club and chaperoned weekly trips to Elk Mountain as
well as weeklong vacation excursions.
• Worked as cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers of Spanish
during my career.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, Lehman, PA June 2010 –


Present
Spanish Teacher
• Instruct Spanish III classes.

MONTROSE HIGH SCHOOL, Montrose, PA


September 1981 – June 1982
Spanish Teacher – Long Term Substitute Position
• Instructed Spanish I, II, III, and IV classes.
• Taught a combined class of Spanish III and Spanish IV and prepared lesson plans
to sufficiently address both levels in one class.
Robin Evans
Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency
• Consulted with co-workers regarding learning techniques, such as active learning,
total activity approach, total physical response and suggestopedia.
• Prepared student voice recordings and provide follow-up to improve Spanish
proficiency.
• Participated in the Ski Club and chaperoned the weekly ski trips to Elk Mountain.

WILLIAMS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, Tower City, PA September


1979 – June 1981
Full Time Spanish Teacher
• Instructed Spanish I, II, III, and IV classes.
• Taught a combined class of Spanish III and Spanish IV and prepared lesson plans
to sufficiently address both levels in one class.
• Served as advisor for the Spanish Club and led them on various cultural field
trips and participated in many Spanish related activities.
• Acted as co-advisor of the drama club performances and worked with
students during rehearsals and try-outs.
• Implemented various classroom management techniques for maintaining
student attention, involvement and discipline.
• Partnered with parents in students’ success; provided feedback on students’
progress and to discuss areas needing improvement and additional work.

US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA May 1980 –


October 1980
Interpreter and Translator
• Served as an active Spanish translator and interpreter during the Haitian-Cuban
Resettlement Program aiding the military in processing the Cuban Refugees into
the Camp.
• Worked with Health and Human Services assisting the radiologists with the
tuberculosis screenings as well as the medics at the Fort Medical Facility.
• Aided in the job of locating refugees’ family members in various locations in
the US and within the Fort.

Other Interpreting and Translating Experience


Wyoming County Court House, PA Court Interpreter As
needed 1982 – 2008
Wyoming County Jail, PA Interpreter As needed 1982
– 2008
Wyoming County Magistrate Interpreter As
needed 1982 - 2008
Women Resource Center, PA Interpreter As
needed 1982 - 2008
Tunkhannock Area School District, PA Interpreter
2008
Sire Power Inc. Interpreter
1982
Robin Evans
Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency

EDUCATION
ESL Certification, Wilkes University, PA - 2011
M.S., – Educational Development and Strategies, Wilkes University, PA - 2010
Spanish AP Certification – Goucher College, MD - 2008
M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT – 1987
B.S., Secondary Education – Spanish, East Stroudsburg University, PA – 1978
Study Abroad Program - University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain – Summer 1977
Liberal Arts Study - Johnson State College – Johnson, VT – 1973 – 1975
High School Diploma - Tunkhannock High School – Tunkhannock PA – 1973

ASSOCIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS


Tunkhannock Area Education Association
Pennsylvania State Education Association
National Education Association
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association
AP Certified Spanish Teacher
Who’s Who Among High School Teachers
Dual Certification Spanish Teacher
Blended Schools Trained Teacher
ESL Certification

HISPANIC TRAVEL EXPERIENCE


Mexico – Mexico City, Guadalajara, Taxco, Cozumel, Cancún, Acapulco, Cuernavaca
Costa Rica – San José, Guanacaste, Arenal, Tortuguero
Spain – Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Toledo, Barcelona, Segovia

REFERENCES
Mr. Greg Ellsworth Dr. Ann Way Mr. Michael Healey
Principal Assistant Superintendent Superintendent
Tunkhannock High School Tunkhannock School District Tunkhannock
School District
120 West Tioga St. 41 Philadelphia Avenue 41 Philadelphia
Avenue
Tunkhannock, PA 18657 Tunkhannock, PA 18657 Tunkhannock, PA
18657
570-836-3111 570-836-3111 570-836-
3111
greg.ellsworth@tasd.net ann.way@tasd.net
michael.healey@tasd.net