Skinner West, Chicago, IL (August 2010 to Present)
- Responsible for developing and implementing science using SEPUP curriculum
- Implement a broad range of instructional techniques to maximize learning in a classroom environment
- Utilize available technology such as smart board notebook, smart response, power-point, and i-pads to advance student learning
- Science Fair Coordinator (2008-2012), sending multiple students to the city-wide science fair as well as the state science fair
- Co-teacher of the afterschool enrichment program IMSA: Fusion, which provides historically under-represented students access to advanced math and science.
- Differentiate instruction, using assessments to form small cooperative learning groups
- Continually use formative assessments to reinforce and extend the lessons based on student needs to ensure students achieve standards-based learning goals.
- Conduct science experiments 2-3 times per week with students where they collect data, analyze data, and draw conclusions
- Assess student performance using portfolios, rubrics, wet-labs, antidotal notes, teacher-made and SEPUP made materials.
Holden Middle School, Chicago, IL (July 2008 to August 2010)
General Science Teacher
- Managed classroom coverage of 6th-8th grade science classes
- Responsible for lesson plan instruction and professional development of the science curriculum.
- Maintained a classroom environment that had an academic focus and actively engaged students in meaningful learning activities.
- Communicated with parents, assessment of students, and staff meetings.
- Incorporated constructivism philosophy of teaching into classroom by implementing various student centered learning methodologies and hands-on learning.
- Integrated technology into the curriculum supplementing class lectures developing students’ research skills.
- Conducted “hands-on” science based lab experiments based on Illinois state standards
- Participated in grade and department level analysis of student achievement using data assessments to identify students needing additional assistance on grade level standards along with content standards that need improvement
- Facilitated student learning in a positive learning environment
- Participated in science club activities after school – Science Olympiad & Science Bowls.
Paredes Middle School, Austin, TX (July 2006 to June 2008)
- Supported students and parents with alternate strategies and provided additional assistance with daily assignments after school.
- Maintained classroom management by using appropriate and effective strategies such token systems and positive reinforcement.
- Addressed disciplinary issues promptly, followed district procedures and made referrals to school administrators or psychologist as needed.
- Supported parent involvement in student progress through conducting on-going parent conferences and participating in the IEP staffing consultations and referral process.
- Organized science based school field trips and volunteer service opportunities.
Burnet Middle School, Austin, TX (September 2003 to December 2005)
Substitute Science Teacher
- Created and implemented engaging instructional activities that incorporated competency levels for disengaged students that were returning back to school.
- Implemented instructional activities that prepared students for the GED exam.
- Implemented activities that met the individual student’s needs.
- Encouraged the students to be actively engaged in various learning processes
- Established cooperative working relationships with students, parents and staff
- Assumed responsibility for meeting specific goals and objectives
- Ensured to meet professional responsibility through efficient work habits
- Conducted and participated in the data team process to drive instruction
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – University of Texas, Austin, TX