Experienced Teacher (Bilingual)
Education: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Completion: December 2010
Degree: M. Ed in Early Childhood Administration
B.A., Spanish; Emphasis: Language/Literature
Minor: Latino and Latin American Studies
Certifications: IL Special 10 and Type 29
Recognitions: Outstanding Woman Student Award, USHLI Scholarship,
Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award, and Golden Apple Scholar
Study Abroad Program, Northern Illinois University, Summer 2008
Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Toledo, Spain
Pre-K Teacher, Dual Language, World City Center, Los Angeles, California, August 2017 - Present
• Collaborate with Pre-K co-teachers to develop Reggio Emilia based educational curriculum inspired by students’ interests.
• Provide dual language instruction utilizing GLAD strategies to engage students in inquiry learning projects that develop academic language acquisition.
• Responsible for developing classroom into a third teacher by creating stimulating learning environments, and curating resources.
• Use antidotal data to make learning visible to children, parents, and community and as the basis of my own reflection and professional growth.
• Nurture parent relationships by collaborating with parents during study units and creating an extension of the classroom at home.
• Develop play-based activities to help students strengthen social, emotional, cognitive, and physical competencies.
• Implement Whole Child educational approach by integrating ecological learning components.
Pre-K/Kindergarten/Second Grade Bilingual Teacher, James Hedges Fine and Performing Arts, Chicago, Illinois, August 2012- July 2017
• Cooperated with other Pre-K/Kindergarten/2nd grade teachers to develop units of study and curriculum.
• Observed and evaluated children’s performance, behavior, social development and used data to create action plans according to student’s level.
• Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet student’ varying needs, learning style, and interests.
• Developed and instructed literacy intervention programs for students below cognitive or developmental stage.
• Plan and conduct hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, discover, question, and investigate.
• Established strong communication pathways with students and parents taking into consideration the family and community culture.
Spanish Teacher, Oliver W. Holmes Middles School, Wheeling, Illinois, August 2011- June 2012
• Created PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, quizzes, and tests for four sections of Spanish.
• Collaborated with other Spanish teachers to develop the curriculum for the school year.
• Immersed students in cultural journeys through videos, original cultural artifacts, music, dances, and traditions.
• Integrated original teaching aids, such as flash cards and verb games to supplement curriculum.
• Modified and adjusted class material for students with special needs and different learning abilities and styles.
Residential Instructor, Heartland Alliance, Chicago, Illinois, September 2010-August 2011
• Developed and implemented lesson plans and curricula for unaccompanied children from different age groups in ESL, math, science, and health.
• Collected and input data to create program reports.
• Ensure a safe and secure environment for program participants during on-site and off-site activities.
• Tutored students in groups and one-on-one to help with homework assignments.
• Maintain and audit documentation/participants’ files according to federal regulations.
• Planned group activities, events, and fieldtrips for students.
• Collaborated with other staff members to create behavioral plans for participants to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior.
• Developed strategies and provided support for students who were at risk of academic failure.
Health Educator, DeKalb Health Department, DeKalb, Illinois, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
• Assisted in the social, cultural, and community development of adolescents from low-income families.
• Conducted programs and events to encourage leadership and didactic skills development.
• Served as a liaison to enhance student/parent relationships.
• Coordinated a weekly lesson plan covering topics such as developing healthy relationships, and wellness.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, Summer Institute, Chicago, Illinois, Summer 2005-2009
• Attended daily seminars on bullying, psychological first aid, grant writing, classroom management, special education, differentiated instruction, and team building.
• Developed of resumes, portfolios, and field trip based lesson plans.
• Mentored students from low-income families and helped teach at a field placement for a summer school bilingual class at Perez Elementary School and Nobel Charter School.
• Tortuga Foundation (Chiapas, Mex.), translator, volunteer as a translator between nurse and patient.
• International Dreamers, Mentor/Tutor, Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago, IL Fall 2010
• Upward Bound Summer Program, Residential Counselor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Summer 2010
• Conexión Comunidad, Tutor, DeKalb, IL Fall 2005-Spring 2009
• Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
• NIU Campus Activities Board: VP of Programming
• Traveled extensively through Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Italy.
• Visited elementary and secondary school classrooms in Mexico, and discussed instruction methods with teachers.
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