Monday, March 30, 2009

My Updated Resume

Jennifer R.

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"Jennifer is one of the hardest workers I have ever met….comes to work enthusiastic, energetic, and ready to get things done…puts in many hours after and before work prepping for the next day. Jennifer has a very positive relationship with both the children and the other staff members she works with at school. Jennifer puts a lot of thought into her work and it shows in the positive outcomes and results she achieves…" --Sami Auger, former AmeriCorps co-worker at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis



"People felt comfortable coming to Jennifer…her plans were always thorough and well thought out…Jennifer picked up on the individual needs of students and sought ways to work with them..."--June Meyers, Cooperating first grade teacher during student teaching in Athens, GA







"Time and again, Jennifer demonstrated the ability to reflect critically on her own teaching, to listen to and apply feedback from various sources, and to make effective changes to managing and guiding student learning…she has clearly demonstrated her commitment to teaching and to ongoing learning…her desire to be in the classroom became readily apparent as she worked alongside her students and as ws talked about how days, weeks, or observations went. Jennifer's enthusiasm for teaching will be an asset to any school in which she teaches."

Janneke Counts, M.Ed., supervisor during student teaching and Barrow County, GA third grade teacher

Professional Profile

Eager to provide a nurturing, creative, community-oriented, and educational environment to students of all ages using a variety of curricula and strategies. Hold Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and two years of experience working in Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • Experienced in use of the Internet and educational software.
  • Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge and learning in children.



Professional Development in Education

Associate Educator

Minneapolis Public Schools, October 2009-Present

Lake Nokomis Community School, Keewaydin (Grades 4-8) Campus

  • Tutored 12 sixth grade students in 2 classrooms in reading and math, while in small groups and one-on-one
  • Assisted 2 teachers in classroom management, planning curriculum, and performing general teaching duties


, August 2007-
July 2008

City of Lakes AmeriCorps

Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, Minneapolis, MN

  • Tutored 15 fifth grade students in 2 classrooms in reading and math, while in small groups and one-on-one
  • Assisted 2 teachers in classroom management, planning curriculum, and performing general teaching duties
  • Planned and implemented 2 after school art and academic tutoring program for students in grades K-8


Personal Care Attendant, March 2007-October 2009

fahrenHEIGHT360, Minneapolis, MN

Various Locations

  • Provided support and assistance to 2 individuals (age 10 and 18) with behavioral disabilities by supporting or assisting with personal care that is related to activities of daily living at home and in the community
  • Maintained professional boundary while working in client's home
  • Used a variety of behavior management and redirection techniques to achieve care plan goals


Education Intern, June 2007-August 2007

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston, SC

  • Planned curriculum for summer day camp for 30 children ages 3-8
  • Taught lessons based on planned curriculum for 30 children ages 3-8
  • Supervised children while they were playing and ensured their safety
  • Worked collaboratively with program coordinator to develop and implement 2 museum camp programs


Substitute Teacher, Pre K through Eighth Grade January 2005 to August 2005

Gwinnett County Schools, Duluth, GA


Student Teacher, September to December 2004

Cleveland Road Elementary School, Athens, GA


Professional Affiliations

International Reading Association

America Learns


Education, Honors, and Certifications

Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Early Childhood Education and Child Development, University of Georgia, 2004



Provisional Certifications

Early Childhood Education, Birth-Age 8, 2008

Reading License, expected completion August 2009

Key Qualifications

Certified in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Age 8)

Able to plan and instruct each subject area using wide variety of teaching aids, motivational and implementation strategies to engage students in active learning.

Experienced Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Tutor, Mentor, and After-School Program Activity Leader

Designed many child-centered, educational opportunities for children in grades Pre Kindergarten to eighth.

Computer Skills

Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

Working knowledge of the Internet


Monday, March 23, 2009

Everyone needs a pet hamster!

I *heart* the internet!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Another personality quiz

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.

A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.

In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.

You find it easy to be devoted to one person... a partner who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.

Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

Friday, March 20, 2009

I'm moving!

June 1, 2009. Hopefully.

Roseville, MN. Me-ville. LOL. (Thanks Tetetetigi!) Quaint little two-bedroom with Tetetetigi off Lexington Rd. near County Rd. B and Como Park. Moving across the river. Exciting! Never lived across the river before. And I'm out of river jokes and general cleverness. Just excited. Here's to a brighter tomorrow!

Now if only my job search is that quick!

Monday, March 16, 2009

This is kind of (OK REALLY) neat!

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity

Looking for summer work

That does NOT involve the diapering or toileting of children. That's right. I don't mind teaching, story time, nap time, art projects, and actually prefer to be doing these activities. I do not want to diaper your child. That's your job, and it's my job when I have my own. Is this too much to ask? I need to find summer work soon before I go too broke too soon. 38 weeks is coming to a close way too soon. Any leads drop them my way. Any tips, send them my way too. We're in this together. So far I have applied to the Girl Scout Camps around here, and Minneapolis Kids. Though the latter doesn't really thrill me unless I get placed somewhere really awesome.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A somewhat cynical view on relationships...

...but since when don't I love a good dose of cynicism! Kinda funny!

Happy Pi Day everyone!

3/14, 3.14. An excuse to eat pie without the guilt, and tell really corny pi jokes and solve geeky math problems. I will be celebrating with the roommates this afternoon, and wanted to hear your own pi day celebrations! Too bad it falls on a Saturday this year or all you teachers out there could ham this up for your students. Here's a really cool PI DAY website! Have fun!

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's that time again folks...

Job hunt time. That's right. It's almost summer, which means I will be unemployed yet again. Oy. I'm really not looking forward to the cover letters, resumes, interviews, awkward first impressions, and all of the things that go with the job hunt process. I will be searching for teaching and learning jobs again, either in my district or outside. Whichever comes first. Whichever proves not to send me out on the street come July. I should be looking at this as an opportunity. I should be more positive about this. It's an opportunity to find "the perfect career" however. Every job I take (and I'm in the double digits now) puts me one step closer to finding the real me, or so I like to think. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 1, 2009