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Nina Willbach 1818 S. 12th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
(617) 291-4164 nwillbach@comcast.net
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Elementary Educator dedicated to designing innovative curriculum to empower a wide range of learners, including
English Language Learners and those with learning differences

Areas of Proficiency Include


Reader’s + Writer’s Workshop - Guided Reading – Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) Framework
Inquiry-Based Learning - Classroom Management - Critical Thinking - Individualized Lesson Plans

EXPERIENCE
Student Teacher, Independence Charter School, Philadelphia, PA Spring 2018
▪ Designs and implements lesson plans, including a two-week integrated thematic unit
▪ Teaches in a Kindergarten classroom under the mentorship of an experienced lead teacher
Student Teacher, Southwark School, Philadelphia, PA Fall 2017
▪ Designed and implemented lesson plans as part of coursework towards Masters degree
▪ Taught in both a Pre-K and third grade classroom, under the guidance of experienced mentor teachers
▪ Worked with a large population of English Language Learners at a designated Philadelphia Community School
Violin Teacher, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA 2012-Present
▪ Taught over 40 private students per week using both Suzuki and traditional methods
▪ Worked with a diverse group of students, ages 4-40
▪ Participated in a 2012 satellite project at the Meredith School teaching violin group classes
▪ Built strong rapport with families from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds

Teacher, Center City Jewish Preschool, Philadelphia, PA Summer 2016


▪ Collaborated with co-teachers to provide play-based learning under the Reggio-Emilia educational philosophy
▪ Worked with children ages 18 months to 3 years

Violin Teacher, Petite Ecole Bilingue, Philadelphia, PA 2015-2017


▪ Taught biweekly violin group classes to preschoolers ages 2-5
▪ Designed and implemented original curriculum based on the world renowned Suzuki Method
▪ Collaborated with classroom teachers to provide effective instruction

English Language Teacher, Year Out India, Kanthaloor, Kerala, India Summer 2009
▪ Taught English to a group of 3rd and 4th grade children in rural Kanthaloor
▪ Communicated effectively with classroom teachers in an unfamiliar setting

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA May 2018
M.S.Ed in Elementary Education
• Mastering pedagogy and educational theory focused on teaching in an urban setting
Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY May 2010
B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, GPA: 3.62
• Senior Thesis: “Global Guru: Constructing a Multicultural Movement Around a Living God”
CERTIFICATIONS
Pennsylvania Department of Education May 2018
Certification, Grades PK-4
• Teaching experience in the District of Philadelphia as part of UPenn’s Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY Summer 2013
Suzuki Certification, Books 1-3
• Studied the renowned Suzuki Method, which promotes teaching violin by ear to young learners