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Susan Engle Turpyn (813) 777-9752

Improving Performance • Enhancing Programs • Inspiring Change smturpyn@verizon.net


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EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR
…dedicated to guiding students to success while inspiring an insatiable passion for learning through
literature.
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Licensed Educator, dually certified in New York and Florida, with a master’s degree in Art Education coupled with 29 years experience
instructing elementary, secondary, and post secondary students, while securing resources, and implementing programs. Committed to on-
going professional development in all areas of education.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:
 A Highly Effective, enthusiastic, creative, and passionate educator, mentor, advisor and artist who believes that all students
can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities.
 Specializations include: Media Specialist PreK-12, Reading Endorsement K-12, Art Education K-12
 Instructional Leadership- Use a balanced blend of motivational and targeted instruction methodologies to enhance curricula,
focus on the three “R”s- rigor, relevance and relationships.
 Engage Students- Worked closely with individuals throughout my career, repeatedly securing a high level of student
involvement and successes.
 Leverage Resources/ Strategic Collaborations- Work closely with parents, academic leaders and business partners to
encourage strong community alliances.
 Utilize a visionary approach to consistency to encourage and push students to develop their skills to the fullest extent.
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PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: Tampa, Florida July 2005 – Present


 Facilitate classes consisting of approximately 18-22 students for grades K-5
 Utilize multiple assessments in compliance with district and state requirements to develop coherent instruction.
 Use innovative methods and materials to produce effective learning experiences including cooperative learning, thematic
instruction, differentiation and higher order thinking.

Shaw Elementary School: Media Specialist/Technology Resource July 2015- Present


 development of policies and practices that support information literacy as well as learning across the curriculum
 build collaborative partnerships throughout the learning community
 manage all activities associated with the library media program including budgeting, staffing, collection development and
maintenance, promotion, instructional, and facilities
 must be familiar with computer and multimedia technologies
 responsible for the maintenance and operation of the school's computers, projectors, DVDs, digital cameras, and TVs, and
associated programs

Reddick Elementary School: VE Instructor October 2014- July 2015


 differentiated instruction for ESE students in grades 2nd and 4th in English Language Arts and Math using a Co-teach model.
Monitored their IEP goals and present levels of growth.

Reddick Elementary School: Art Instructor August 2008 – October 2014


 designer of school spirit t-shirts which were printed for all students at the school, coordinate and assist student generated design
for the 5th grade fieldtrips and memory books.
 coordinated the installation of a large mural in the Media Center at Reddick Elementary, working with another colleague in all
aspects of planning and painting the mural.
 provide additional support for RTi reading groups and the Supplemental Education Services program through the district working
with students that need additional support in reading.
 increased parental involvement through family night activities serving as Treasurer of Reddick Elementary PTA/PTO.

Cypress Creek Elementary School: Art Instructor July 2005 – July 2008
 Participation in a district grant program highlighting the use of technology to create connections between the Arts and other
disciplines.
 Provided enrichment opportunities with the implementation of an art club to further develop creative abilities with gifted
students.
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GENESEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Batavia, New York September 2003-May 2005

Adjunct Art Instructor


 Instruct continuing adult education students, teaching Introduction to Black and White Photography, providing various levels of
instruction in the key components of photographic composition, film development, darkroom procedures, and camera handling.
 Incorporate in-house collegiate and external resources to develop lesson plans; create and administer tests; and provide students
with feedback targeting areas of improvement and align their strengths with course objectives and intended outcomes.
 Prepared assignments for student reports; assisted students in organizing and writing research findings, bibliographies, and final
reports.
 Ensured compliances with laws, regulations, rules and policies prescribed by Genesee Community College were upheld.

CHARLES D’AMICO HIGH SCHOOL, Albion, New York September 1989- June 2005

Art Instructor Grades 9-12


 Developed daily course specific lesson plans and testing materials; leveraged the use of technology to enhance instruction,
infusing the use of the latest technology to conduct research and prepare reports, including: the internet, department websites,
power point presentation software, and online library research.
 Served as an instructional leader by modeling high expectations for students and implementing results focused programs.
 Ensured compliances with laws, regulations, rules and policies prescribed by Albion central School District were upheld.
 Partnered with parents in students’ success; provided feedback on students’ progress within the specific coursework to discuss
areas of strengths and weaknesses.
 Conducted classroom instruction; prepared daily lesson plans; administered tests; provided feedback on learning achievements
and needs for improvement.

Highlighted Achievements
 Set Design Coordinator for Albion High School’s Musical and dramatic productions. Responsible for organizing and training
groups of students in designing and executing the creation of sets and backdrops.
 Sophomore Class Advisor for 13 years
 Served on numerous committees such as: Albion School District Code of Conduct committee, Building Leadership Team,
Building Representative for the Albion Teachers Association.
 President of the local Women’s Service Club of Albion, New York

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EDUCATON
Media Specialist PreK-12, Florida May 2014
Reading Endorsement K-12, School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa FL 2014
Master of Science: Art Education K-12, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY 1994
Bachelor of Science, Art Education K-12, Roberts Wesleyan College of Rochester, NY 1988
Associate Liberal Arts, Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY 1978

ASSOCIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS


Florida Permanent Teacher Certification: Media SpecialistPreK-12, Art Education and Reading Instruction K12
New York Permanent Teacher Certification: Art Education K12
Hillsborough County Classroom Teachers Association
Hillsborough Art Educators Association
HASLMS: Hillsborough Association of School Library Media Specialists