Summary

Results-driven professional with passion for innovative instructional solutions using technology, creativity, and strong pedagogical skills.

Key Strengths

● Proven ability to make people smile

● Creative thinker with a mind for innovation and a “no excuses” attitude

● Successful leadership record in several arenas--educational, retail, and collegiate

● Strong customer service and satisfaction background and abilities

● Outstanding speaking and presentation skills.

● Skilled and experienced in project management--needs and task assessments, instructional design, training coordination, and evaluation.

● Gifted ability to make learning accessible, successful, and fun for all agesEvernote, and use of LMS and digital learning software.

● Highly skilled in the use of instructional software such as Google Drive, Hangouts, 

Education

Western Governors University

Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE)

June 2007 - June 2010 | Salt Lake City, UT

Rigorous coursework focusing on curriculum and instruction in math and science, educational research, instructional design, curriculum design, and leadership.


New Mexico Highlands University

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Aug 2004 - Dec 2006 | Rio Rancho, NM

Comprehensive K-8 teaching program with concentration in literacy and reading assessment.  Pre-service internship at Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque, NM.

Experience

MarketStar

Retail Sales Specialist

Oct 2012 - Dec 2012 | Charlotte, NC

● Worked with my M* team, Best Buy coworkers, and other vendors to provide an outstanding retail experience

● Provided solutions that perfectly fit qualified Guests

● Educated Best Buy Guests about Google Chromebooks and other products


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Middle Level Math and Science Teacher

Aug 2011 - Present | Charlotte, NC

 

  • Inquiry-based instructional design results in student engagement, motivation, and achievement through student-centered lessons
  • Expert use of Connected Mathematics Program for maximum student understanding of complex mathematical concepts
  • Strong technology-integrated lessons lead to understanding and 21st-century thinking habits and digital citizenship
  • Trained staff in the use of instructional technology and innovative math lessons

 


Salem-Keizer Public School

Math Teacher and Program Coordinator

Aug 2009 - June 2011 | Salem, OR

  • Pioneered the integration of new assessment, presentation, and teaching technologies into the math curriculum in order to increase student engagement
  • Created Continuous Classroom Improvement (CCI) program to boost student motivation and achievement using individual reflection and immediate feedback
  • Awarded $4500 grant to fund assessment technology and CCI research
  • Empowered students with rigorous and relevant lesson plans, and the expectation of taking control of their own improvement and achievement
  • Designed inquiry-based and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  • Collaborated with PLC team to reach goals throughout the year


Albuquerque Public Schools

Middle School Teacher Leader

Jan 2007 - May 2009 | Albuquerque, NM

  • Led successful grade-level team of teachers in raising state test scores in all content areas
  • Coordinated academic interventions for struggling students
  • Facilitated very high student achievement on state tests in science
  • Partnered with area scientists and other professionals to develop in-class site demonstrations and real-life science lessons
  • Launched peer helper program with counselors to prevent and address bullying and to address other student needs­

Professional Activities

● Consistently learning new ways to engage customers and recruit new interestused to benefit students and teachers.

● Constantly learning about and discovering new ways that changing technology can be instructional technology and how they can access and use it with ease.

● Always helping teachers out of their tech anxiety by showing them the benefits of 

● Turned ordinary middle school students into blogging and Google Drive superstars.Mathematics, and other important topics.for parents and teachers wishing to learn more about Common Core, Connected 

● Worked with colleagues to create and present various, highly-engaging workshops 

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