Resume

EDUCATION

Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR July 2010

Oregon Initial II Teaching License, Multiple Subjects Endorsement, Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization

ESOL Endorsement

Master of Education in International Teaching, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA 2014

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2007

Major: International Studies with a focus in International Education and Latin America

Minor: Business Administration

TEACHING

Third Grade Teacher, Colegio Internacional de Carabobo- Valencia, Venezuela 2014-Pres

  • Prepared and utilized lesson plans using UbD, 21st Century Skills, Bloom’s Taxonomy, differentiated learning styles, and student interests.
  • Created and maintained a classroom website with helpful information for students and parents: http://msisberg.edublogs.org/.
  • Collaborated with a weekly grade level PLC and monthly cross grade PLC.
  • Mentored and trained two new teacher associates.
  • Administered and analyzed data from both the MAP and ITBS tests.
  • Lead Zumba and Yoga after school clubs.

Second Grade Teacher, Escuela Las Morochas, Venezuela 2013- 2014

  • Expanded the range of learning through whole class, individual, and small group instruction, cooperative education, and math, science, reading, art, and multi-sensory learning centers.
  • Secretary of the Green Team: spearheaded composting program creation, promoted recycling and Styrofoam awareness, and hosted an after school Earth Club.

Pre-K 2 Teacher, Escuela Las Morochas, Venezuela 2012- 2013

  • Utilized play and interactive activities to develop language and vocabulary, introduced scientific and mathematical concepts, and improved social skills.
  • Monitored and reported on children’s development and identified those with possible learning difficulties, consulted other professionals where appropriate.
  • Taught conversational ESL class for 4th/5th graders and First Grade Enrichment

Second Grade Teacher, Beijing International Bilingual Academy, China 2011-2012

  • Taught elementary subjects, including Math, Reading and Writing, Social Studies, Science
  • Participated in a weekly professional learning community and curriculum mapping.

Pre-K 1 Teacher, American School Foundation Chiapas, Mexico 2010-2011

  • Combined play and interactive activities with an increasing focus on early academic learning, including letter recognition, phonics, numbers and an awareness of science and nature.
  • Planned and organized a range of individual and group activities, including role play, movement, dance, singing, games, arts and crafts and nature activities.
  • Participated in monthly professional development and PYP trainings.

ESL Intern, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Portland, OR Sept 2010

  • Planned and implemented lessons for newcomer kindergarten students of diverse backgrounds.

Second Grade Intern, Irvington School, Portland, OR 2009-2010

  • Wrote and taught dynamic lesson plans for Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Fourth Grade Intern, Hayhurst Community School, Portland, OR Jan 2010-Mar 2010

  • Observed and assisted in Reader’s Workshop, a science circuit unit, and P.E.

English Teacher, Peace Corps, Azerbaijan June 2007-Oct 2007

  • Taught 2-10th grade TEFL classes with Azerbaijani counterparts for three weeks.
  • Participated in intensive Azerbaijani language and TEFL trainings.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Literacy and Math Tutor, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico 2010-2011

  • Focused on reading comprehension strategies as well as developing math skills and strategies

Child Support Case Manager, Department of Justice, Portland, OR 2008- 2009

  • Managed child support orders, mail, and calls for 817 cases for a diverse inner city population.
  • Analyzed information, calculated support obligations, and assured correct application of money to child support cases using a variety of laws, policies and procedures relating to child support.

Classroom Volunteer, Metzger Elementary School, Portland, OR 2008-2009

  • Assisted in first/second grade split class; gave spelling tests, timed reading assessments, and led small groups.

Camp Director/Camp Counselor, Camp Adventure Youth Services, Japan & Italy 2005/2006

  • Developed, organized, programmed, and taught an 11 week curriculum for ages 5-14 including field trips, games, songs, arts and crafts, and special events best suited to the Yokosuka and Gaeta sites.
  • Supervised, provided performance appraisals, and wrote recommendations for two counselors.

Bilingual Intern, Head Start of Lane County Oregon, Eugene, OR Jan 2006-Apr 2006

INTERESTS

Salsa Casino  (and other Latin dances like Merengue, Bachata, and Cumbia), yoga, hiking, camping, scrapbooking, cooking, biking, world travel, and trying to speak the local language.

At the American School Foundation of Chiapas

At the American School Foundation of Chiapas

26 responses to “Resume

  1. I’m so inspired by your resume! It makes me wish I would have finished getting my teaching degree, but I guess, it’s not too late for me to do so! I will definitely be looking at your blog for guidance. 🙂

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    • I worked at the American School Foundation in CHIAPAS. From what I’ve heard it is very different from the one in Mexico City. The one a worked at is perfect for a kid just out of university trying to get their foot onto the ladder towards a great career in international teaching.

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  2. I am working there at the moment. The parents are really difficult. I was wondering if this was the normal thing at that school. Did you work the whole year? I am thinking it is about time I quit the year already.

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    • Ah, I was teaching Pre-K while I was there and the parents were really awesome. You should probably try to make it through the whole year so it looks better on your resume. While I was there they only had one year contracts so it should be easy enough to leave in June. Just spend more time in San Cristobal or the beach on the weekend! Good luck

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  3. Yes, it depends on the grade. I have had a rough rollercoaster with the parents as they automatically think that their child should speak perfect english when they are only 7. I am trying my best to continue the whole year. The children are wonderful but the parents are a bit too much to handle.

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  4. Hi! Can I ask you a few questions about how you got started, and the challenges you’ve had to face while teaching and traveling? I’m currently finishing up my undergraduate degree, and am considering pursuing a master’s in education to become an international school teacher. I took a year off and worked abroad in Germany for a year. It was the best experience, and I would love to know more about how confident you are that this was the right decision for you. Thanks so much!

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    • Hi Ally,

      I was the first person in my family to go to University. When I was in Uni I only knew that I wanted to travel the world and have someone else pay for it. It wasn’t until I had done internships with Camp Adventure and taught ESL in Azerbaijan with the Peace Corps that I knew I wanted to be an international teacher.

      I would say that you should try volunteering, tutoring, teaching ESL overseas, or somehow working in a classroom before you sign up for a Master’s degree. You can get plenty of good paying ESL jobs in the Middle East and South Korea with only a bachelor’s degree. After that you will have more experience to base your decision on.

      Good luck!

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  5. I have a question….So you were in a math tutor in Chiapas? How did you do that? Did Parents approached you or did you write an add up? This is something I am really interested in doing!

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    • I was teaching at ASFC and students at the school who needed extra help in various subject approached me (or their parents did) and I helped them with whatever was needed. Most of the time I tutored in my classroom directly after school finished for the day, but I also went to one family’s house a couple times a week. If you are not a teacher, I suggest giving your contact info and references to the school for review. Good luck!

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  6. Hey, I was checking your photos out and you were a PRE-K Teacher at The American School? I am going to be working witht that grade level this school year. I was wondering if you had any advice about how the students are? Where did you find you resources? Do you have to speak a lot of spanish with parents?

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    • Asfc in Chiapas will be different from any other school in the ASF group. I found that all of my students came from local families and it was rare if they spoke English. There was always someone to translate if I needed help. If I ever needed something special for a lesson I would ask the principal or one of the other prek teachers. Just try to keep the resources to a minimum because it is hard to find things. Good luck!

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  7. Sorry for all my spelling errors….That usually happens when I am typing in the dark. Please get back to me. I love your blog!

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  8. Any advice for a very experienced (14 years) Special Education teacher (K-age 21) with credentials for mild/mod and mod/severe in IL and CA looking to find a position in the international sector? Advice on things to add on or best places to look for positions? I’d love to find a contact at the Brussels school which has a good special education program. I realize these programs are watered down or rare in the IS sector.

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    • Most international schools do seem to have less in the way of special ed. The schools I know about who do have sped programs are usually staffed by locals. I would just apply to one of the big recruiters like Search Associates and see if they can help you.

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  9. Hola Amanda,

    Thank you so much for your blog; it is very informative and fun to read. I am sorry if you have answered this questions before, but I am new to this subject and I see that you have been very helpful to others on here. 🙂 I have my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies; however, I do not have a degree in education. I am interested in taking the TEFL course. If I were to complete it would that be enough for me to find a teaching job in Venezuela or would I also have to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education as well? Thank you!!

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  10. Hi I’m a freshmen in an american university and I was wondering about working for an international school in the future. In your opinions what do you think would be the best subject to specialize in as a teacher? I’m currently thinking about pursuing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) but I’m seeing that many international schools are taught all in English or only accept English speaking students. What are the job outlooks for that subject area?

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    • You are correct about the student population at most international schools. I’m certified to teach EFL, and while it is useful because many students are second language learners, I think another specialization would make you more marketable. In my experience, most EFL teaching jobs go to local hires at international schools. If you can swing it, I have seen that people who have a background in upper level math and science can pretty much get hired wherever they want. Of course, if you wanted to change your focus to teaching EFL in a college/university overseas you might have a similar schedule and a bit more luck getting hired.

      Good luck!

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      • Thank you so much for the reply! What’s would your opinion of areas like social studies/elementary education/foreign languages be? I’m very proficient in Spanish and am very interested in elementary education and history. I know the job outlook for elementary and history teachers in the U.S. is currently very poor but I was wondering if that was different overseas.

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      • If you get your teaching license in elementary education you will always be able to find a job somewhere. As an elementary teacher I teach social studies about three times a week, and if you wanted to do it full time those positions are out there too. It seems like most job ads that I see require native fluency in a foreign language to be hired. A master’s degree, two years of experience, and a teaching license are the most important things.

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      • Thank again for your comments! If could just ask one more thing. I notice that a lot of the best international schools follow the British curriculum and want teachers to have experience teaching within that curriculum. So my question is, do you think that it would be a good idea to go to a school in the UK for graduate school? Or will I be able to get a job at a lower tier international school first and gain experience teaching in the British curriculum like that?

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  11. I’m looking at applying to an international school. I have 9 years experience teaching in Texas. I noticed that a Cover Letter is needed. Aside from the basic information needed in a Cover Letter, do you have any suggestions on what I can provide in the Cover Letter since I don’t have the international teaching experience?

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    • One thing I’ve heard is that international schools like to know what curriculums you are familiar with. So if you have used FOSS kits and Everyday Mathematics, you can list those things on your cover letter. Also, take a look at the school’s website so that you can list specific things that make you think you will be a good fit at their school. You might also try to include a professional-looking photo on your resume and cover letter.

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