Master of Arts in Teaching
- Adaptability - Adaptability is an essential piece of working in environmental education, adapting to a wide variety of students from small town Iowa to students from downtown Minneapolis. The majority of classes were spent outside in uncontrolled environment where I had to be ready to deal with a wide variety of unforeseen issues.
- Relationship building - Putting students first in the learning process entails providing the best possible environment for them. Making sure students feel relaxed and safe is paramount to my teaching and I make the extra effort to show how much I care about students and their learning.
- Accessibility - Working with such a wide variety of students of different ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds has allowed me to apply the same lessons in vastly different approaches. Shaping that material to better fit the students' mindset and background knowledge has been excellent experience in making lessons accessible for all levels of proficiency.
- Relevancy - Students of today are no longer sheltered in the information presented to them and the education of today needs to reflects those shifts. Finding material that satisfies standards and is still relevant to their lives is essential for students' "buying in" is something that I strive for in each lesson I plan.
- Willamette University, Master of Arts in Teaching, 2013 (ESOL endorsement)
- Viterbo University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, 2008 (Minors - English, History, Philosophy)
- West Salem High School, United States, 9th, 11th, English 9, American Literature
- Stephens Middle School, United States, 6th, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop
- Tutoring Center Coordinator, AmeriCorps - Proctor Middle School, Proctor High School, Proctor, MN, - Developed and implemented a tutoring program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders
- Outreach Coordinator, AmeriCorps - Hartley Nature Center, Duluth, MN, - Coordinate with local schools to provide environmental education - Curriculum development - Teach visiting schools variety of environmental education programs
- Graduate Naturalist, Eagle Bluff ELC, Lanesboro, MN, - Curriculum development - Instruct visiting schools in a variety of environmental education - Mentor incoming naturalist and help train for seasonal positions
Student Teaching Supervisor
- Karen Holm, West Salem High School, Salem, OR
- Danielle Tebon, Stephens Middle School, Salem, OR
- Karen Hamlin, PhD, Willamette University, firstname.lastname@example.org