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SAMANTHA VAZNIS

137 Sterling Street, apt 7, West Boylston, MA 01583| (C) (207) 651-3822 | samantha.vaznis@maine.edu
My Teaching Website: http://vaznisportfolio.weebly.com
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Enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, committed to a proactive and hands-on approach in a


teaching environment. Possesses natural leadership and team building skills. Highly dependable, has
exceptional classroom management skills and creates innovative ways to deliver curriculum. Many years
of experience working with children with many different behavioral and emotional needs. Seeking an
elementary classroom position to help create opportunities for students to gain independence and
strive to reach their full potential. Core competencies include:

K-8 Certified
PBLS & common core knowledge
Responsive classroom teaching style
Worked closely with ELL students
Lesson planning expertise
IEP familiarity

CERTIFICATION
Massachusetts State Department of Education
Endorsement: K-8 General Education

Anticipated February 2017

EDUCATION
Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Extended Teacher Education program (ETEP)- Accelerated Thirteen Month Masters of Education
program
GPA 4.0 and Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
Lead taught in kindergarten, third and fourth grade classrooms

Bachelor of Arts of Psychology

University of Southern Maine

December 2016

May 2014
Portland, ME

Held a teaching apprenticeship for two years


Held study sessions for students before each of their exams
Provided students with multiple means of communication for learning via email, skype, online
tutorials, and course websites

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Student Intern, Portland Public Schools
Sept. 2015-present
Hall Elementary School
Lead taught in both third and fourth grade classrooms for consecutive weeks
Team taught with a fourth grade teacher and held literacy circles and guided reading
groups
Implemented positive behavior intervention strategies in a very diverse class of
students
Worked closely with parents to discuss and plan for students learning
Supervised student led conferences and shared students growth with family
Differentiated instruction for a diverse population of ELL students, students with special
needs and gifted and talented students

Connections for Kids January 2013- Present Behavioral Health Professional (BHP)
Portland, ME

Works with students with behavioral and emotional needs in a school setting, implements
behavioral plans and provides supports in day to day tasks
Helps students develop and sustain life skills in order for them to become mature independent
individuals
Maintains and documents daily case notes for each student on their individual goals and
provides additional comments for growth
Employs knowledge of treatment/support strategies and developmental disabilities
Works collaboratively as a team member to provide the best support for each individual student
and their specific needs
Works closely with classroom teacher, attends annual IEP meetings and parent teacher
conferences

Seal Rock Healthcare April 2011-January 2013 Receptionist

Monitored client census by recording admissions, discharges, doctor appointments and site visit
data
Computed bills, collected payments and made accounts for guests
Facilitated a smooth discharge by encouraging and reassuring new and current residents

Massabesic High School


ME

Saco, ME

September 2004-June 2008 Volunteer

Waterboro,

Volunteered with special needs children in the resource rooms, twice a week for both my junior
and senior year
A member of the Massabesic Area Substance Abuse Team (MASAT), went around to local school
districts and talked about the impacts of substance abuse on teenage life