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Rachel L.

Forstat
forstatr@msu.edu
University Address: Permanent Address:
4905 Dunckel Rd. Apt. 303 1909 Walmar Dr.
Lansing, MI 48910 Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 281-8468 (517) 323-3203

OBJECTIVE: To obtain a position as a teacher intern in an elementary school classroom in the Lansing
area.

EDUCATION: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


Bachelor of Arts degree, May 2010
Major: Elementary Education
Teaching Major: Language Arts

PRE-INTERNSHIP Midway Elementary School, Holt, Michigan


FIELD EXPERIENCE: September 2009 - April 2010, Grade Level: 4th
• Designed and taught hands-on lessons in Science and Social Studies, for the entire
class
• Executed a Science Talk with a small group of students
• Worked with a small group of students in a Literature Circle
• Created a hands-on activity for a Social Studies lesson
Cornell Elementary School, Okemos, Michigan
September 2008-December 2008, Grade Level: Kindergarten
• Observed classroom activities, lessons, and management techniques
• Worked with small groups of students in the area of literacy
• Initiated a literacy activity for a small group of students
• Implemented three literacy assessments for a small group of students

TEACHING RELATED Nanny, Okemos, Michigan, October 2007-December 2007


EXPERIENCE: • Supervised two children, ages 5 and 7
• Offered support and aid in schoolwork and household chores
Volunteer, Wexford Montessori Magnet School, Lansing, Michigan
September 2006-December 2006, Grade Level: 4th and 5th
• Viewed classroom activities, lessons, and management techniques with diverse
learners, and offered support to collaborating teacher.
• Aided a small groups of students in the areas of literacy and math
Volunteer, Special Olympics, Grand Ledge, Michigan, May 2005
Youth Camp Councilor, Grand Ledge, Michigan, June 2004-July 2004
• Planned and implemented activities for children, ages 8-14
• Attended to the various physical and emotional needs of elementary and middle
school students, while maintaining constant communication with faculty and
administration
• Assisted with refereeing camp games.

OTHER WORK Student Intern, Michigan Department of Natural Resources


EXPERIENCE: 530 W. Allegan St. Lansing, MI 48917, June 2005-Present
• Assist with office work, filing, scanning, copying
• Act as a member of a cooperative team

PROFESSIONAL Member, Student Michigan Education Association, Michigan State University,


DEVELOPMENT: October 2009-Present
2009 Technology Conference, Michigan State University, November 2009
Student Michigan Education Association, Digital Storytelling Workshop,
Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, November 4th, 2009

TECHNOLOGY: Proficient in:


• Microsoft Office Suite
• PowerPoint
• Personal Blog: bloggergirlrachelf.blogspot.com
• Personal Website/Electronic Portfolio: msforstatsportfolio.weebly.com
• Wikis
• Digital Storytelling
• Today’s Meet
• Google Docs
• Smart Boards
• ELMOS

HONORS AND Dean’s List, May 2007, December 2008, May 2009
ACHIEVEMENTS:
INTERESTS: Reading, Spending time outdoors, Music

PROFESSIONAL AND As a pre-service teacher, I have put a large amount of time and energy into creating
PERSONAL GOALS FOR meaningful and high-reaching personal and professional goals. First and foremost, I want
MY INTERSHIP YEAR: to establish an inviting, inspiring, and encouraging classroom community. It is very
important to me that my students feel welcomed and ready to learn when they walk in my
door. I want to instill a drive and desire in my students that will propel them to reach for
those high-expectations I will set and motivate them to work hard and never give up, no
matter how difficult their task may seem. I also want to create a learning environment
that fosters creativity and collaboration. A passion of mine is to integrate technology into
my teaching as a way to fully engage my students. Successful technology integration can
be challenging, but I feel that I am up for that challenge. I believe this will make it
possible for more students to excel in school and in the real world. It will prepare students
with skills and knowledge that are essential foundations for life-long learning. I will
integrate technology not as an end, but as a means to an end. It will support active
engagement, participation, interaction, feedback, and real-world connections that will aid
students in their journey. I have enjoyed working with students of all ages. However, after
spending time in upper elementary, I feel that I could work very well in a fourth, or fifth
grade classroom. I believe that I have really excelled in terms of utilizing higher-level
questioning as a way to involve students, facilitate discussion and inquiry, and push
students to do their best. I’m excited to begin my journey as an elementary school
teacher.