Highly motivated, experienced instructor seeking a position as a secondary English teacher.
California State University, Dominguez Hills January ••••• - June •••••
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, English Literature (CLAD)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) September ••••• - December •••••
B.A. in English Literature
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a ••••• GPA
Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (Sigma Chapter of California)
High School English Teacher Manhattan Beach Unified School District February ••••• - June •••••
Created challenging and innovative daily lesson plans for the education and enrichment of 9th and •••••th grade students, while meeting state and district standards for Language Arts. Designed lessons appealing to students of all learning modalities.
Taught students how to write clearly and expressively in different modes, including creative writing, poetry, autobiographical incidents, research papers, interpretive and analytical essays focusing on significant works of literature.
Edited, critiqued, and evaluated various forms of writing, giving constructive criticism and feedback where necessary. Trained students in proper grammar usage and taught them how to edit and revise their own work, using reader-writer workshops, peer evaluation, and self assessment. All stages of the writing process were taught and utilized.
Empowered students to be critical readers and writers, and assisted them in the analysis of important works of literature, some of which include Edith Hamiltons Mythology, The Odyssey, Antigone, Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, Inherit the Wind, Catcher in the Rye, Black Boy, West Side Story, Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Pygmalion, •••••, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, All Quiet on the Western Front, Night, Bless Me Ultima, and The Joy Luck Club.
Facilitated public speaking skills through oral presentations, covering a variety of topics from Greek and Roman gods to contemporary poets and poetry analysis.
Utilized a variety of assessments, including class participation, group work and discussion, individual and group projects, formal and informal writing, tests and quizzes, literature circles, Socratic seminars, hot seats, and character panels. Developed rubrics to ensure continuity and clarify assignment expectations.
Met with students, parents, and educational advisors at ••••• and IEP meetings to discuss and adjust learning plans as needed. Worked with a variety of learning disabled kids in mainstream courses, including students with down syndrome, epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, and DHH students.
Served as faculty advisor for an on-campus club.
Tutored students in their writing skills as a faculty mentor in the after-school writing lab.
Collaborated with department members to develop course curriculum, ensuring that students met district and state Language Arts standards. Also served on committees deciding policy on department rubrics, the honors program, and summer reading assignments.
Served on a WASC committee focusing on Accountability and Assessment, looking at how Mira Costa was meeting the ESLRs as a high school. Participant in the South Bay BTSA Program.
Student Teacher Torrance Unified School District February •••••June •••••
Responsible for developing and teaching curriculum for the spring semester of one freshmen and two junior English classes. This encompassed all the duties of a teacher, including issuing progress reports and final grades, as well as meeting with students and parents to discuss student progress.
Taught students how to write in different modes, including creative writing, poetry, research papers, and analytical essays on significant works of literature.
Communicated public speaking skills to students, culminating with group presentations demonstrating various literary periods.
Prepared students to take their standardized state exams and the SATs.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, as well as Internet and e-mail applications. Former track and cross country runner. Firm knowledge of scripts, both spec and full feature length. Hobbies include creative writing, screenwriting, and traveling.
Available upon request