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Jessica Christiansen

148 Old Orchard Road, Toms River, NJ 08755 (732) 272-6105 jessicac@udel.edu
Online Portfolio: JChristiansen.weebly.com
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Objective
To obtain a position as an elementary or special educator, utilizing my dedication to childrens development and their
educational and emotional needs.

Education
BSED in Elementary Teacher Education (degree expected May 2015), The University of Delaware
Concentration: Special Education
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
GPA: 3.28

Teaching Experience
Student Teaching
3rd / 5th grade Special Education, Brookside Elementary School, Newark, DE (October, 2014 December, 2014)

Collaborated with general education teachers to monitor progress, goals, and plan instruction related to the
curriculum

Utilized small groups and differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of 13 students each day,
concentrating on reading, math, and writing

Led Response to Intervention with 6 intensive needs fifth graders and 5 intensive needs third graders

Participated in IEP meetings and assessed student progress towards annual goals

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3 grade, Brookside Elementary School, Newark, DE (August, 2014 October, 2014)

Developed and implemented classroom instruction and assessments based on the Common Core State
Standards in the areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science and writing

Adapted classroom instruction and assessments by using visual aids, technology and relevant examples to
optimize student achievement at a Title 1 school with a 71% minority population

Differentiated instruction through the use of learning centers and modified materials to meet the needs of
18 students, including 3 learning disabled students and 1 English Language Learner

Developed strong relationships and communication with parents from varied backgrounds through written
notes, phone communication, and face-to-face contact

Participated actively in all staff meetings, weekly professional learning communities, and district-wide
professional development

Methods Experience
4th-6th grade Special Education, Avon Grove Intermediate School, West Grove, PA (February, 2014 - May, 2014)

Administered and scored the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) to a struggling reader and worked
intensively with the student to improve decoding skills and reading fluency

Administered the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to struggling readers

Administered the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-II)

Completed a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and developed a Positive Behavior Support Plan for a
student with a specific learning disability in reading and a speech and language impairment who was
showing avoidance behaviors during English Language Arts

Designed, implemented, and evaluated 5-day units on probability and figurative language

Designed and implemented social skills lessons for a group of students with emotional and behavioral
disorders who met weekly during lunch

3rd grade, Avon Grove Charter School, West Grove, PA (September, 2013 - December, 2013)

Designed, implemented, and evaluated a science lesson on habitats, a Social Studies lesson on maps, and a
math lesson on line plots

Designed, implemented, and evaluated a 5-day writing unit teaching persuasive writing

Teaching-Related Experience
Substitute Teacher, Christina, Red Clay, Colonial, and Brandywine School Districts, DE (January 2015 - Present)

Uphold classroom rules and routines while performing all duties requested by the teacher and
implementing lesson plans in grades K-5, art, and music

Student Assistant, Education Resource Center (Delaware Center for Teacher Education), Newark, DE (August, 2014
Present)

Issue loan materials including books, curriculums, test kits, and technologies to teachers and students;
restock materials using the Dewey Decimal System

School Aged Counselor, Tutor Time, Newark, DE (August, 2013 Present)

Supervise children in grades Pre-K through 5 in an after school setting

Group Leader, Black Bear Lake Day Camp, Millstone, NJ (June, 2013 Present)

Supervise and maintain the safety and well-being of 11 five-year old campers and
2 Junior Counselors; assist campers of all ages with special activities

Tutor/After-School Assistant, The College School, Newark, DE (September, 2011 December, 2014)

Assisted special-needs children in grades 1-8 with their homework and reading assignments

Worked one-on-one with a first grade student in math and a fifth grade student in science and social
studies

Professional Development
How Do We Explore?: NOAA Ocean Education, The National Aquarium, 2015
How Teachers Can Build Social-Emotional Skills, Top School Jobs Education Week Expo, 2015
A Premium Skill for Teachers: Intercultural Competency, Top School Jobs Education Week Expo, 2015
Personalized Learning, Rodel Teacher Council, 2015
Whole Child Education, Christina School District, 2014

Activities/Honors
Girls on the Run Coach (February, 2015 - Present)
Deans List (Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority (February, 2012 Present)

Parliamentarian (Executive Board), Nominations and Salutations committees