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JENNIFER C.

MICHELS
1719 North Bissell
Street, Chicago Illinois 60614 (973) 876-4401,jmichels4@comcast.net Re
located to Chicago, Illinois September 2010
EDUCATION
Masters of Education - Saint Peter's College, 3.98 GPA
Masters of Arts and Education Program - Loyola University 4.0 GPA
Bachelors of Arts - DePauw University
New Jersey State Teaching Certification: Elementary Education K-8
Applying for Illinois State Teaching Certification
WORK EXPERIENCE
Pequannock School District, North Boulevard Elementary School, Pompton Plains NJ
2005- 2010
5th grade teacher and inclusive special education classroom teacher -
* Created developed and implemented curriculum increasing NJ ASK scores in Langu
age Arts, Reading, Spanish and Math to become a blue ribbon school.
* Generated and implemented Character education, Harcourt Reading, Science, Soci
al Studies, Math, Health programs.
* Received tenure in 2008.
* Increased comprehension by 85% and marked increase in analysis, synthesis, app
lication, grammar and creativity.
* Utilized data to drive instruction towards advanced proficiency. 50% students
became proficient and other 50% became advance proficient.
* Students that were part- proficient and basic skills became proficient to adva
nce proficient.
* Integrated curriculum using cooperative learning, hands-on use of manipulative
s and constructivism strategies.
* Schedule planning to maximize blocked instructional and common planning time.
* Organized and implemented special events in language arts, social studies, cha
racter education, Spanish, Reading and creative expression.
* Implemented effective behavior management strategies for each student and indi
vidual education assessments and small group instruction to reach goals.
* Incorporated cross-curricular components into lessons and unit activities.
* Planned and implemented learning activities for students with extremely varied
ability levels.
* Attended regular PLC and IEP meetings and worked as a team member to increase
student achievement and social skills.
Morris Plains School District, Mountain Way/Borough School, Morris Plains NJ 20
04 - 2005
Spanish (K-5) and ESL (K-8) teacher - Created, developed and implemented curricu
lum increasing fluency in languages which resulted in higher academic comprehens
ion.
Saint Mary's Elementary School, Denville NJ 2003 - 2004
Long-term substitute teacher for Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th and 8th grades - Filled
in as main math teacher and developed reading program increasing math and readin
g scores by 35% and 50% respectively.
Saint Philips Academy, Northfield IL 2001 - 2002
Substitute Teacher - Generated and implemented creative ideas including dramatic
read along, readers' theatre, role playing, Venn diagrams and other activities
not originally in reading program which resulted in increased student interest a
nd improvement of reading scores by 45%.
Sheraton North Shore Hotel, Northbrook IL 1989 - 1997
Bilingual Director of Training - Taught managerial leadership skills, team build
ing skills, job requirements, guest satisfaction, and English as a Second Langua
ge resulting in increased communication between management and staff, improved j
ob satisfaction, which increased revenue for hotel.
Motivational Speaker - Trained owners, CEOs and presidents of large and small co
mpanies to use games and role playing in order to create interdepartmental team
building skills.
Quality Assurance Specialist - Ensured quality of hospitality, staff job satisfa
ction and loyalty, and wrote human resource benefit and incentive programs and d
etailed job descriptions resulting in 75% decrease in turnover and 35% increase
in hotel revenue.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Center Grove Elementary School, Randolph NJ (through Saint Peter's College) 200
3 - 2004
* Created reading program for new 4th grade literacy requirements increasing com
prehension by 60% and marked increase in analysis, synthesis, application, gramm
ar and creativity.
* Significant team member in implementation of "Everyday Math Program" throughou
t the 4th grade.
Greeley Elementary School, Chicago IL (through Loyola University) 2002 - 2003
* Conducted extensive research and assessment on dyslexia throughout Chicago res
ulting in increased identification of dyslexic students producing more specific
IEPs for special placement and intervention.
* Provided private tutoring and assessment of student academic problem areas. C
reated IEPs and successfully incorporated programs resulting in 75% increase in
skill development.
* Major participant with district Multi-Resource Center for development and impl
ementation of increased hands-on activities in the classroom.
Nettlehorst Elementary School, Chicago IL (through Loyola University) 2001 -
2002
* Second and sixth grade classroom teacher
* Instrumental in improvement of staff interpersonal environment resulting in st
udent emotional and self image stability, students reading scores improved by 75
%.
New Trier High School, Chicago IL (through Loyola University) 2000 - 2001
* Created and implemented small group special programs for special education stu
dents resulting in positive learning and behavioral changes.
* Clarified and updated detailed IEPs resulting in increased understanding and r
eadability to better serve the student recognized by administration at school an
d Loyola University.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Provided essential assistance and support including substitute teacher, teacher
assistant, reading teacher, curriculum development, head room mother, librarian
assistant, CCD teacher.
* Shongum Elementary School, Randolph NJ 2003-2005
* Resurrection Parish, Randolph NJ 2003-2008
* Saint Faith Hope and Charity School, Winnetka IL 1999-2001
* Crow Island Elementary School, Winnetka IL 1999
ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND SKILLS
Professional Workshops: Differentiated Instruction, lexile, Good Habits Great R
eaders, Writers workshop, Reading strategies for test taking, Kagan Cooperative
learning, Writing Strategies, RTI, inclusive classroom strategies, technology in
classroom. Words Their Way, These are a few workshops. Received over 100 worksh
op hours.
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, Macintosh Groupwise, Internet sa
vvy, Web Site design, Smart board, on-line classroom.
Interpersonal Skills: Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution, Team Buildin
g
Athletics: College Varsity basketball, HS Varsity basketball, soccer, tennis, la
crosse, Junior Olympics swimming
Professional Association Memberships: Phi Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Illino
is Literacy Council, Illinois Reading Council, FLENJ, NJEA
DePauw University: Public Relations Coordinator, Journalist, Head of Scholarship
Committee, Head of Social Committee for University and Kappa Kappa Gamma