Curriculum Viate
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Location: El Cajon, CA, USA
School: San Diego State University / Claremont Graduate Universit
Field of study: PhD Education

Curriculum Viate

Debra Hills-Beckwith
Curriculum Vitae

San Diego, CA 92019
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Education:
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA/ Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 12/2020
Joint PhD in Education
*Dissertation: “Translanguaging in Community College: Exploring a rubric for teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic”

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 01/2015
Master of Education, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Literacy & Culture
*Master’s Thesis: “Understanding Faculty Experiences of International Undergraduate Students: a case study of a small, private university”

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 06/2012
Bachelor of Arts in History / Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Experience:
Cuyamaca Community College – El Cajon, CA 08/2015- present
Adjunct Professor
*Extensive training in California Acceleration Project (CAP) and AB 705 goals, principles, and teaching techniques
*Develop and design curriculum for Accelerated ESL writing program
*Establish and promote equity based learning and teaching through culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies
*Plan, organize, and execute challenging and engaging lesson plans for ESL students per
program curriculum
*Create and maintain a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment for all students
*Guide students through the process of academic essay writing and research using a variety of rhetorical modes
*Facilitate in-class discussion of new material and/or concepts providing clarification as needed
*Provide students with comprehensive instruction, support, and feedback on MLA formatting
*Work with other teachers to develop a rubric and methods for assessing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
*Successfully adapted face-to-face instruction to online modalities due to Covid-19
Grossmont Adult School - Grossmont Union High School District – El Cajon, CA 09/2015 – 06/2017
ESL Instructor
*Planned, organized, and executed challenging and engaging lessons for multi-level ESL students
*Created and maintained a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment for a diverse group of adult ESL students of varying national origins, cultures, primary languages and citizenship statuses
*Developed and encouraged students to engage as a community of learners
*Facilitated in-class discussion of new material and/or concepts providing clarification as needed
*Worked with other teachers and staff in to implement standardized guidelines for learning accountability, participated in an active professional learning community (PLC)


Converse International School of Languages (CISL) – San Diego, CA 03/15 – 09/15
Teacher
*Planned, organized, and executed challenging and engaging lesson plans for ESL students per
CISL ESL and Executive English curriculums
*Created and maintained a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment for all students
*Facilitated in-class discussions of new material and/or concepts providing clarification as
needed
*Worked with teachers and staff to ensure Student Learning Outcomes were consistently met
*Cross-trained with Administrative staff on office duties

University of San Diego Office of Financial Aid – USD, San Diego, CA 10/12 –08/15
Financial Aid Advisor
*Provided excellent customer service
*Fielded phone-calls and walk-ins
*Provided students and/or parents with professional and appropriate answers to questions and help as needed regarding Financial Aid policies and procedures, eligibility requirements, academic process, citizenship, and University based aid.
*Complied with Federal, State and University guidelines regarding confidentiality, regulations, and administration of University, State and Federal Title IV funds.
*Used proprietary systems such as Oracle’s Banner Information System.
*Awarded Graduate Scholarships and other departmental awards.
*Created and/or edited student budgets as needed while complying with University, State, and Federal regulations pertaining to financial aid funds and budget guidelines and limits.

Awards and Scholarships:
San Diego State University, Global Affairs Scholarship, 2020
• Awarded to students are studying or conducting research outside of the U.S.
University of San Diego, Deans Graduate Merit Scholarship, 2014
• Awarded to students demonstrating strong academic merit
University of San Diego, SOLES Diversity Scholarship, 2012
• Awarded to students from underrepresented ethnic or social groups

Presentations:
“Translanguaging in Community College: Exploring a rubric for teaching with equity and access at the core”. Presented for research seminar held at HEP-Vaud; Lausanne, Switzerland, 2020

Certifications:
TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate
Teaching Online Certificate, Cuyamaca College

Volunteer and Service:
Cuyamaca College – El Cajon, CA 09/18-06/20
Student Success and Equity Council Member
*Participate in regular council meetings and activities
*Engage in workgroups to enact equity focused policies, procedures, and resources
*Dedication to equity based teaching and learning for increased student engagement and academic success

San Diego History Center – San Diego, CA 08/13 – 02/14
Docent/Gallery Guide
*Interacted, shared and enhanced visitors’ museum experience by answering questions about exhibits, the museum, Balboa Park and San Diego County
*Facilitated interactive tours for school groups by educating students on California pre- statehood, the overall history of the region, and the history center itself

John Muir College Mentorship Program – UCSD, La Jolla, CA 08/11- 06/12
Mentor
*Assisted incoming transfer students in making a smooth transition from a community college to a university
*Encouraged involvement in Muir College traditions and knowledge
*Answered questions, provided support as needed by mentees during their first year at UCSD


References Available Upon Request