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Katie Torkelson-Regan

413 Washtenaw Avenue, Apartment 8, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 | 616-819-8602 | torkelsk@umich.edu

Michigan Provisional Secondary Certificate June 2018
6-12 Biology

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI August 2018
Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Certification
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Bachelor of Science, Biology; Minor, French April 2015
Graduated with Honors and a Distinction in Research
GPA: 3.7/4.0
Wayne Memorial High School, Wayne, MI
Teaching Intern, Student Teacher—Co-Taught Biology, Forensic Science, Accelerated Biology August 2017-Present
· Develop and implement daily and unit Next Generation Science Standards-aligned plans for Co-Taught Biology
· Collaborate with mentor teacher and the special education teacher to scaffold lessons for students with IEPs and English
Language Learners
· Use positive behavior management strategies for classes of 28-30 students
· Integrate technology tools like SmartBoard, GoogleClassroom, Remind, and various websites to enhance instruction,
differentiation, and communication
· Participate in Professional Learning Communities, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and other school events

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, MI

Lead Educator—General Science January-December 2017
· Taught 1-3 hour-long science workshops in K-8 classrooms
· Led hour-long science assemblies and 2-3 hour-long science nights for K-8 students and their families
· Trained volunteers and team members to run public program activities and outreach activities
· Supervised the museum’s Preschool Gallery and facilitated activities with preschoolers in the Little Scientist Club

Summer Literacy Program, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Student Assistant– Reading and Writing June-July 2016
· Led small groups and one-on-one guided reading lessons with elementary-age students, including those with IEPs
· Collaborated with the head teacher in lesson creation and classroom activities
· Administered assessments and used results to create individualized lesson plans for students to reach literacy goals
· Organized a book drive for books with diverse characters and collected over 100 books to donate to students

Lycée Gaspard Monge (Gaspard Monge High School), Savigny-Sur-Orge, France

English Teaching Assistant– English, American Culture October 2015-April 2016
· Created and taught concentrated lessons in English conversation, pronunciation, and American culture at a high
school and vocational training school near Paris, France
· Assisted teachers in lessons, gave presentations, and facilitated in-class conversations
· Employed drama, role play, and game techniques for authentic language production
· Began and ran an English conversation club
Fred Meijer Center for Writers and Michigan Authors, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Writing Consultant– Pre-College and Introductory Writing, Writing August 2013-April 2015
· Tutored university students in all stages of writing process
· Led small-group workshops in various university courses
· Assisted writing professors in introductory writing courses
· Met weekly with groups of 4-8 students in pre-college writing courses to lead discussions and facilitate peer consulting
· Consulted students online using GoogleDrive


Growing Hope (Urban Farm and Food Justice Organization), Ypsilanti, MI
Volunteer August 2016-Present
· Volunteer bi-weekly for a variety of tasks, including garden and farm maintenance, greenhouse work, seed
propagation, and community outreach events

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad, Ann Arbor, MI

“Back to Nature” Coach January-May 2017
· Created lesson plans and outdoor activities about Michigan insects and ecology; coached teams of fourth and fifth
grade students, leading the fifth-grade team to win 3rd place out of 40 teams

Student Environmental Coalition, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

President (2014-2015), Vice President (2013-2014) August 2012-April 2015
· Collaborated with the GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices to develop initiatives to increase student awareness
of sustainability on campus and environmental issues in the community
· Facilitated hour-long weekly meetings of 15-20 students
· Organized volunteer events throughout campus and the community
· Won the GVSU Sustainability Champion Award in 2015; led club to win Community Involvement Award in 2014

HelpX (Agricultural Volunteer Organization)

Volunteer Summers of 2012, 2013, and 2016
· Helped design garden spaces and learned about permaculture principles while working on a farm in Spain (2016)
· Practiced French language skills and conducted interviews of local farmers for a college project while
volunteering on a subsistence farm and goat ranch in Lure, France (2013)
· Learned about and practiced sustainable farming on a farm and horse ranch in Vermont (2012)

• Environmental education certifications: Project WET, Project WILD, and Project Learning Tree
• Sound Reading Framework (K-5)

• Southeast Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Coalition • National Association of Biology Teachers
• Michigan Science Teachers Association • Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor
o Presented “Integrating Data Analysis into Your Educators
Classroom: Climate Change and Michigan’s • Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning
Cherries” at the Annual MSTA Conference on
March 3, 2019, Lansing, MI

• Place-based education, project-based education, education for sustainability, and game-based pedagogy
• Sustainability, including sustainable agriculture, localization, green technology, and environmental justice
• Ecology, especially conservation ecology and ecology in the Great Lakes region
• Genetics and the subfields of conservation genetics, evolutionary genetics, and molecular anthropology
• Gardening and farming