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Location: Knightdale, NC, USA
School: NCCU/Kent State
Major: Music Education

Skip de Lyon-Guitar

Skip S. de Lyon
Summary of Accomplishments (All Employment):
• Employee of the Month, Halifax County Schools (November 2017)
• Organized and planned theatre presentations, including various productions of “The Wizard of Oz” (Fred Olds Elementary and Inborden Elementary), and “Cinderella” (Inborden Elementary)
• Chaired and organized the Afterschool Talent Show (Fred Olds Elementary), planned and organized multiple Holiday Programs (Inborden Elemtary S.T.E.A.M., and Union Chapel Elementary); also co-chaired Hispanic Heritage and International Festival
• Advised and mentored new faculty members
• Selected students for specific roles through auditions
• Established and maintained elementary band, chorus, and recorder classes
• Awarded students for outstanding achievements
• Total CEUs as of March, 2019: 23.6
• Worked with students on individual and group goals; encouraged and inspired students to continue musical development
• Member of school committees, including May Day, Red Ribbon, Black History, and chairperson of the S.T.E.A.M. Committee (Inborden Elementary)
• Taught lessons to students of all ages, from 3 years old to 84
• Worked with cafeteria staff for Halloween Display Contest (Third Place Districtwide)
• Dressed as a mascot for special events featuring guest speakers
• Served as a judge during Spelling Bee
• Taught improvisational comedy to students with “Improv Monday” events
• Drew connections to how learning music teaches important life skills and connects with other content areas
• Got students and faculty more involved in special events; raised standards of musical programs
• Participated in the Robeson County Elementary Music Festival, three consecutive years (2010-2012)
• Chorus students performed in the annual May Day, 2011 and 2012 Selected students to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at May Day, three consecutive years (2010-2012)
• Received “Distinguished” rating as a third-year teacher
• Inspired students to stay with their instrument and continue their development; kept many students for over a year
• Worked up to being top server in restaurant; regularly assigned large parties (Often 20 or more people)
• Regularly complimented by customers in Comment Cards for outstanding service (Always given 4 or 5 out of five stars); mentioned by name in positive customer reviews, including on the restaurant’s Facebook page
• Helped foreign-language customers by speaking basic Spanish and French
Address: 1220 Bristoe Drive, Apartment 103, Knightdale, NC 27545
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North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC): 2002-2007
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education: Magna Cum Laude (3.453 GPA)
Further Education:
Kent State University (Online Degree Program): Class of 2020
Master of Music Education: 3.0 (Current GPA)
Career Background:
• Music Teacher, Inborden Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Academy (Halifax County Schools): Enfield, NC (Aug 2016-Present)
• Afterschool Music and Theatre Position, Fred Olds Elementary School (WCPSS): Raleigh, NC (Nov 2015-June 2016)
• Substitute Teacher, Wake County Public School System (WCPSS): Wake County, NC (Dec 2015-Aug 2016)
• Private Music Instructor, In Home Music Teachers: Triangle Area, NC (2013-Present)
• General Music Teacher, Union Chapel Elementary: Pembroke, NC (Aug 2009-June 2013)
• Server, German Grille: Cary, NC (Jan 2014-Oct 2016; June-Sept 2017)
• Intern, Primerica Financial: Raleigh, NC (Aug 2013-Feb 2014)
• Delivery Expert, Domino’s Pizza: Lumberton, NC (May 2012-July 2013)
• Private Music Instructor, Freelance (Guitar, Harmonica, and Piano): Lumberton and Pembroke, NC (2010-2013)
• After School Tutoring, Union Chapel Elementary, Pembroke, NC: (2010-2013)
• Substitute Teacher, Durham Public Schools: Durham, NC (Jan 2008-May 2009)
• Dockhand, DB Schenker (Formerly Bax Global): Morrisville, NC (Oct 2007-Aug 2009)
• Movie Theater Door Crew, Park Place 16 (Carmike Cinemas): Morrisville, NC (May 2002-Nov 2007)
Work Skills:
• Strong musical background (Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Mandolin, Concertina, and Balalaika)
• Mentoring and advising (Math, Reading, etc.)
• Highly diverse use of repertoire and full utilization of available resources
• Creative ways of presenting concepts (Relating commonplace experiences, using examples from movies and television, etc.)
• Organizing and compositional skills
• Public speaking
• Communicating with coworkers, administration, separate departments, sponsors, and surrounding community
• Increasing expectations of workers in specified environment
• Able to type 60 WPM
• Has served and can continue to do so on any necessary committees; has chaired several as well
• Remedial level Spanish
• Basic understanding of French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Swahili
• Other areas of enthusiasm include science, history, nature, and cultural studies
Uses of Technology in the Classroom:
• Smart Board for YouTube and interactive websites
• YouTube to play songs for student interaction (dancing, listening, etc.) and to show clips from music-related movies and cartoons
• Class Dojo as a means to give points for positive behavior
• Electronic keyboard for use in classroom
• Visual projector for displaying sheet music
• Computers in classroom for any necessary research projects (musical genres, music from other countries, North Carolina musicians, etc.)
• Regular email communication with staff and parents
• Use of smart phone to keep photographic records of class seating charts
• ABE to communicate notes regarding student behavior and to administer write-ups when necessary
• NC Ed Cloud to input student grades
• Use of counting devices to gauge student progress in class
Important Assets:
• Extremely passionate and energetic about music
• Highly knowledgeable about subject matter
• Articulate, with clear expectations
• Courteous
• Creative
• Professional language and good vocabulary
• Good communication
• Ambitious goals
• Well-developed plans
Musical Accomplishments:
• Recorded independently-released and self-financed album, Skippy Skip’s Magna Carta
• “America’s Got Talent” contestant (Greensboro, NC auditions, January 29, 2014)
• Listed on the “Thank You” credits for The Spanish Channel’s second album, Brooklyn, Off Atlantic
• Permanent member of Coast 2 Coast Live, nationwide hip hop promotional group
• Written music has been played by Joey Calderazzo, pianist for jazz great Bradford Marsalis
• Performed several tours (Played over 60 concerts in 11 states, throughout the South and Northeast, and on the West Coast)
• NCCU Guitar Ensemble (2002-2006)
• NCCU Hand Bell Choir (2003-2004)
• Reflections Contest Winner 1994 (for music); one of 20 statewide winners in North Carolina
• Special Guest Speaker/Performer, Littlefield Middle School, Lumberton, NC (January 26, 2015; Topic: “Following Your Dreams”)
• Musical Roles: Writer, composer, arranger, lyricist, publisher, performer, band leader, director, teacher, mentor, promoter, publicist
Other Major Accomplishments:
• Employee of the Month, Halifax County Schools, November 2017
• Eagle Scout (Rank earned October 10, 2001) with 31 Merit Badges, Bronze Palm, and Order or the Arrow
• Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (Since 2004)
• Usher at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Apex, NC (1999-2002)
• “Most Unforgettable” High School Senior Superlative, Southeast Raleigh High School (2001-2002)
• Who’s Who Among American High School Students (2001-2002)
• Dean’s List (2002-2003)
• Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 316, Apex, NC (2002-2006)
References Available Upon Request

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