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ARIANA THOMAS

2507 Cobblewood Drive


Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 687 - 8104
arianacthomas@gmail.com

CERTIFICATION
Illinois Professional Educator License, K-9
Endorsements:
● Elementary Education Self Contained
● Middle School Grades 5-8 Social Science
● Learning Behavior Specialist I, Pre K - Grade 12, expected 2019

EDUCATION
University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Education
Master of Education in Special Education, expected 2019

LANGUAGES
Spanish, Conversational
Greek, Native/Fluent

EXPERIENCE
5th/6th Grade Teacher September 2015 - June 2018
Mark Twain Elementary School | Niles, IL
● Cultivated a student-centered community conducive to academic progress, collaboration, and
social-emotional growth through a 21st century flexible seating environment for a multiage,
inclusive classroom of 25 total 5th and 6th grade students
● Tailored delivery of instructional programs including Eureka Math, Engage NY, TCI Social
Studies/History Alive, and Second Step by utilizing culturally responsive teaching methods and
real world applications of knowledge to engage students from diverse backgrounds with varying
ability levels in rigorous learning experiences
● Designed interdisciplinary thematic units aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next
Generation Science Standards that capitalized on students’ interests and incorporated choice to
achieve optimum learning results
● Differentiated core curriculum with strategic interventions for specific groups of students,
collected progress-monitoring data, and maintained accurate records to best inform future
instruction based upon data-driven decisions
● Enriched daily lessons by providing ample opportunities for students to use a variety of digital
technology tools
● Founded the “Twain Ambassadors” program as the school’s first student leadership team
● Presented at the February 2017 Board of Education meeting with a group of students on
Literature Circles and technology integration to enhance instruction
● Developed curriculum maps for the district as part of the Science Curriculum Committee
● Served as the grade level representative on the school’s 2016-17 PBIS Team
● Volunteered as a coach for the school’s first Girls on the Run team promoting emotional,
physical, and social health for girls in grades 3-6

4th Grade Teacher March 2015 - June 2015


Central Elementary School | Wilmette, IL
● Applied research based practices while implementing curricular programs including Singapore
Math and FOSS Science Kits to design differentiated instruction for 25 students
● Provided 11 students targeted interventions for additional RTI instructional support in areas
including math, reading fluency, and comprehension, all of which met or exceeded their goals by
the end of the year
● Administered standardized assessments such as PARCC tests, Scantron Performance Series, and
Curriculum Based Measurements, authentically analyzing resulting data in order to drive
instruction
● Planned and supervised purposeful assignments for classroom paraprofessional to productively
support students with diverse needs

Grades 6-8 Teacher Associate October 2014 - March 2015


Educational and Life Skills Program
Northern Suburban Special Education District | Highland Park, IL
● Led small group and individualized instruction aligned with IEP goals for students with moderate
to severe disabilities including functional life skills and academic lessons
● Collaborated on a transdisciplinary team with related service and support personnel to improve
programming for all students
● Employed assistive technology and other digital tools geared to enhance instruction

VOLUNTEER WORK
Girls on the Run International | Chicago, IL
Girls on the Run Coach February 2018 - May 2018
The Hellenic Society of Constantinople | Chicago, IL
Scholarship Committee August 2015 - Present
Website Administrator August 2015 - Present
Election Board Committee Chairman January 2012 - Present

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Level 1 Google Certified Educator, 2018
Seesaw Ambassador, 2018
SAMR Model, 2017
Second Step, 2017
The DBQ Project, 2017
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, 2017
Eureka Math, 2016