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Laura A.

500 Central Ave. Unit 904
Union City, New Jersey 07087
Online Portfolio: lauraleidyportfolio.weebly.com
To obtain a teaching position where I can use my diverse skills and instructional abilities in order
to raise student achievement.
Standard Teaching Certificate:
Elementary K-5 All Core Content Areas, New Jersey
6-8 Highly Qualified Language Arts, New Jersey
Elementary Provisional Teaching Certification:
K- 5, All Core Content Areas, Michigan
6-8, Highly Qualified in all areas of Language Arts Michigan

Michigan State University

2015 2016

East Lansing, MI
Masters of Arts of Education
Literacy Instruction
Completing: August 2016
Michigan State University

2010 2011

East Lansing, MI
Teacher Certification Program
12 Teaching and Curriculum Credits
Michigan State University

2006 2010

East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education
Teaching Major: Language Arts

Teaching Experience
George Washington Middle School

August 2014 June 2016

Language Arts Teacher

Grade Level: 7th Grade

Differentiated language arts instruction for 7th grade students based on the Common
Core Standards
Taught an Inclusion Class Period where I collaborated with a Special Education Teacher
and implemented Individualized Education Plan
Implemented Readers and Writers Workshop to enhance reading and writing instruction

Prepared students for the PARCC Assessment

Created classroom website through Google Classroom to communicate with students
outside of the classroom by providing updates and copies of assignments
Utilized Google Apps for Education in my classroom to share documents with my students
and provide instant feedback in their work
Showed student growth based on the Student Goal Objective
Maintained a Highly Effective rating based off the Stronge Evaluation System
Collaborated with faculty in the building to create units
Facilitated an extra-help program for my 7th grade students
Chaperoned school dances and 8th grade Washington field trip in June 2015
Communicated with parents through frequent phone calls, emails, and meetings

Anthony Wayne Middle School

October 2013 June 2014

Language Arts Teacher

Grade Level: 6th Grade

Differentiated language arts instruction for 6th grade students based on the Common
Core Standards
Implemented Readers and Writers Workshop
Created classroom website through Edmodo to communicate with students outside of
the classroom
Showed student growth based on the Student Goal Objective
Collaborated with faculty in the building to create cross curricular units
Facilitated an extra help program for my 6th grade students
Chaperoned 8th grade Washington field trip in May 2014
Communicated with parents through frequent phone calls, emails, and meetings

Burnett Creek Elementary: West Lafayette, IN

August 2011 May 2012

Instructional Assistant in an Emotionally Handicapped Classroom

Grade Level: Kindergarten 5th Grade

Taught social skills which helped students cope with their emotions
Created and implemented units to self-contained Emotionally Handicapped students
Assisted elementary education teachers who have students with an emotional handicap
Differentiated lessons to accommodate emotional handicap students

Professional Education Services Group: East Lansing, MI

October 2010 May 2011

Substitute Teacher
Managed student behavior, implemented curriculum materials, and successfully
orchestrated daily routines

Student Teaching Experience

Hope School: Holt, Michigan
September 2010 May 2011
Grade Level: 6th Grade
Developed lessons and taught units in core subjects including language arts,
mathematics, science, and social studies
Differentiated instruction for a variety of learning styles
Volunteered at afterschool homework help room
Organized data meetings to increase student achievement

Implemented positive behavior support model

Conducted spring conferences for my students
Participated in RTi Intervention Team and professional development
Lead a Destination Imagination Team
Contributed to student growth based on a district reading assessment
Organized South Africa Pen Pals with our 5th grade team
Co-organized an afterschool mother and daughter book club

Reo Elementary School: Lansing, Michigan

September 2009 May 2010
Grade Level: 2nd Grade
Developed lessons in social studies, science, mathematics, and language arts, with full
classroom leadership
Created a flash card math game to help students practice addition facts
In charge of a small group of students on a field trip to the Lansing Zoo
Assisted the teacher in giving DOLCH sight word assessments
Observed classroom activities and management techniques
Sycamore Elementary School: Holt, Michigan
May 2009 June 2009
Grade Level: 4th Grade
Observed classroom activities and lessons on teaching literacy
Assisted and led science experiments with small groups of individuals
Worked with students who were struggling with reading comprehension:
o Gave literacy assessments
o Developed an extensive case study leveraging the story mountain tool which
allows individuals to organize main events in the story.
Wainwright Elementary School: Lansing, Michigan
September, 2008 December 2009
Grade Level: 1 Grade
Worked with the teacher to lead center groups where the students worked on literacy
and math skills
Interacted one-on-one with students who were struggling with learning how to read

Teaching-Related Professional Development and Involvement

Make Sense of PARCC Assessment Workshop
April 2014
Close Reading and Book Club Workshop
January 2014
Adapting Readers and Writers Workshop
December 2013
SGO Training at Anthony Wayne Middle School
November 2013
Hope Middle School Professional Development
September 2010 May 2011
Every Wednesday school dismisses at 1:30 p.m. to allow for professional development
Topics Include: Anita Archer on vocabulary, discipline strategies, RTI training, literacy
across curriculum, learning disability Identification, emergency procedure for Asthma,
seizures, positive behavior system plans, and curriculum meeting with partner school
Washington Woods
Destination Imagination Team Manager
November 2010 March 2011
Michigan State University Technology Conference
November 2010
Fall Fest Committee at Hope Middle School
October 2010
Student Advisory Council Assistant Teacher
September 2010 May 2011

Leadership Professional Development

MGCA: Mid- American Greek Council Association
St. Louis, Missouri

February 2009

Selected to attend the Convention as an official representative of the Michigan State

University Greek Community
Topics and discussions included leadership skills, networking capabilities, and methods to
improve the Greek Community and university experience

Chi Omega Convention

July 2008
St. Louis, Missouri
Elected as one of three delegates to represent over 120 members
Participated in seminars on leadership, team building, networking skill, and ideas on
solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities within the organization

Leadership Experience
Academic Assembly
Elected Representative
Academic Governing Body of the Michigan State University
Co-wrote a bill to revise the student calendar
Made amendments to the Academic Constitution
Worked on a committees to change the official academic calendar

2008 2009

Pan-Hellenic Council
2008 2009
Vice President of Programming
Governing Body of All-Womans Greek Community representing 1,300 women
Interacted and developed relationships with prominent individuals of the East Lansing
Community including the President of the University, Mayor of East Lansing, and Police
Chief of East Lansing
Order of Omega
January 2009 May 2010
Honor Fraternity of the Greek Community
Selected out of a highly competitive group for achievements in GPA (3.0 min.),
leadership, and community service
Active contributor to the Inter-Greek Relations Committee, working to develop cohesion
and foster cooperation within the Greek community and on campus
Chi Omega Fraternity
2007 2008
Led a committee of 15 individuals who had other leadership positions in the organization
including: Philanthropy Chair, Campus Correspondent, and Sisterhood Chair
Maintained Chapter Records including attendance and official meeting minutes

Study Abroad Experience

World War II: Memories and Memorials Study Abroad
June 2008 July 2008
Northern and Western Europe
Immersed in culture of Europe in countries including England, France, Belgium, Germany,
and Luxemburg
Visited historical sites of World War II
Learned and discovered through literature, movies, and excursions the journey of the
Allied Forces through Europe and the ethical issues that were involved
Freshman Study Abroad Program
July 2006
Dublin and Cork, Ireland
Observed the cultural similarities and invested the city structure of Ireland compared to

the United States

Technology and Other Skills

Experience with Smart Board, digital and video cameras, blogs and website creation,
Voice Thread, and Google Search Stories, Skyward
Google Apps of Education
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel

Honors and Achievements

Deans List
4 semesters (Fall 2008, Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

Jack Leonard
Principal, George Washington Middle School
68 Lenox Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-633-3140
Email: jleonard@wayneschools.com

Jennifer Pylypyshyn
Vice Principal of Language Arts
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-224-4704
Email: jpylypyshyn@wayneschools.com

David Aulenbach
Principal, Anthony Wayne Middle School
201 Garside Avenue
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-389-2120
Email: daulenbach@wayneschools.com

Cathy Gaynor
Assistant Principal, Anthony Wayne
Middle School
201 Garside Avenue
Wayne, NJ 07470
Email: cgaynor@wayneschools.com

Lauren Manfra
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Anthony Wayne Middle School
201 Garside Avenue
Wayne, NJ 07047
Email: lmanfra@wayneschools.com

Shannon Sweeny
Field Instructor, Michigan State
614 Gannett Way
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 703- 405- 1747
Email: sweenysh@msu.edu

Rochelle Hosler
6th Grade Teacher, Hope School
2020 Park Lane
Holt, MI 48842
Work Phone: 517-699-2194
Cell Phone: 517-402-8695
Email: rhosler@hpsk12.net

Danielle Block
6th Grade Teacher, Hope School
2020 Park Lane
Holt, MI 48842
Phone: 517-699-2194
Email: dblock@hpsk12.net

Jill Keys
Emotional Handicap Teacher
Burnett Creek Elementary
5700 North 50 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765- 463-2237
Email: jkkeys@tsc.k12.in.us

Jennifer Goodman
Principal, Hope School
2020 Park Lane
Holt, MI 48842
Work: 517-699-2194
Cell Phone: 928-444-5525
Email: jgoodman@hpsk12.net

Mark Pearl
Burnett Creek Elementary
5700 North 50 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765- 463-2237
Email: mpearl@tsc.k12.in.us