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COLLEEN DOUGLASS

colleenelaine@gmail.com

SUMMARY
Experienced Early Childhood Educator, trained in implementing an educational framework that utilizes the Reggio
Emilia approach, Creative Curriculum, and learning through playful and joyful experiences. I believe that children
are citizens with rights in our communities, and that they should be guiding their own learning experiences with
the support of parents and teachers.

SKILLS
Certified in Early Childhood Trained in Reggio Emilia Inspired
Education Environments and Documentation
Bilingual in Spanish/English Experienced in collaborating with
Experienced in individualizing for parents and families
diverse learners

EXPERIENCE
12/2013 to 10/2017 Master Teacher

Christopher House - Chicago , IL


• Planned & implemented inquiry studies, material explorations, and provocations of
play-based learning to support the skill development across all content areas.
• Informed my practice with working knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach to
learning, NAEYC standards for accreditation, Creative Curriculum, and the Teaching
Strategies GOLD standards of development.
• Provided bilingual Spanish/English supports to parents and families of Christopher
House students through home visits, developmental goal setting, parent conferences,
and connection to community resources.
• Supervised and mentored two Assistant Teachers through monthly supervision
meetings, Professional development goal setting and connection to resources, and
regular evaluations using the ITERS, ECRS, CLASS, and Christopher House Performance
Evaluation System.

07/2008 to 12/2013 Associate Director Parent Involvement and Literacy Programs

Christopher House - Chicago, IL


• Coordinated Parent Orientation, parent meetings, and monthly workshops
• Served as the Head Start Content Area Expert for the areas of Family and Community
Partnerships and Program Governance.
• Ran elections for Parent Policy Council, a shared governance group for Christopher
House following Head Start standards. Train members to function as representatives of
their peers and to work together with Christopher House staff and Board members for
decision making.
• Oversaw the planning and implementation of the Adult Literacy Program.
09/2007 to 06/2009 School Age Worker
Christopher House - Chicago , IL
Planned and implemented recreational activities, homework help, and parent
conferences for School Age participants and their families.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING


2017 Illinois Professional Educator Licensure: Early Childhood Education
Kendall College - Chicago, IL

2001 BA: Speech Communications


Miami University - Oxford, OH, United States
Minor in Spanish

ECE Credential Level 5


Gateways to Opportunity
Continuing Education in Child Development