Rachel A.


Elementary Education K-5

Special Education Generalist K-21

Rachel A. Piereson
(906) 458-2243 ▪ rpiereson@gmail.com
Objective: To obtain a special education teaching position to directly influence the learning of children. I want to enable each student to learn by using his/her strengths through engaging and hands-on lessons. Educational Qualifications Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, August 2012 Graduate Teacher Certification, May 2013 Michigan State University (2009-2012) East Lansing, Michigan GPA: 3.75/4.0 Dean’s List: Spring 2010-Spring 2012 Certification: Elementary Education K-5 Endorsement: Special Education Generalist K-21 Grand Valley State University (2008-2009) Allendale, Michigan GPA: 3.5/4.0 Dean’s List: Fall 2008 Honors and Achievements: Victor H. and Rachel P. Noll Scholarship Recipient, 2012 Honors graduate from Michigan State University Teaching Experience Madison Elementary School, 1st grade – Weld County School District 6 August 2013-present  Implemented Houghton Mifflin Reading, Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS), Language for Thinking, Everyday Math, and Assessing Math Concepts curriculum in the general education setting  Administered DIBELS Next progress monitoring to all students  Aligned Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies curriculum with the Common Core State Standards  Used a class-wide behavior management system and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in the classroom  Member of the PBIS committee and co-leader of the school’s Spirit Committee Internship Teaching Experience Cavanaugh Elementary School, 1st grade (CSR 31A At-Risk Classroom) – Lansing Public Schools January 2013 - April 2013  Completed lead teaching in guided reading groups, reading, writing, and math  Implemented the Daily 5  Integrated differentiated instruction  Administered the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)  Implemented the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Program Gardner Leadership, Law, and Government Academy, 5th, 6th grade (Resource Room) – Lansing Public Schools September 2012 – December 2012  Completed lead teaching in Language Arts, Math, and Study Skills in the resource room  Attended IEP meetings and assisted in writing individual annual goals and objectives  Implemented formal and informal assessments in small group and one-on-one settings  Implemented student accommodations in the resource room and assisted students in accommodations for their general education classes

Colt Early Childhood Center, 1st grade – Waverly Community Schools September 2011 - May 2012  Observed, assisted, and taught lessons in Social Studies, Science, Reading, and Math in the general education setting  Performed a functional behavior analysis for an individual student followed by a successful behavior intervention plan Gardner Leadership, Law, and Government Academy, 6th grade (Resource Room) – Lansing Public Schools September 2010 – December 2010  Observed and worked with a special educator in the resource room and in a co-taught 6th grade Language Arts class  Attended an IEP meeting Related Teaching Experience Reaching Higher After School Program Aide, Gardner Leadership, Law, and Government Academy- Lansing, MI November 2012- May 2013   Assisted in life skills classes Led team-building activities

Marquette Area Public School 5th grade Science Camp- Marquette, MI May 2010, 2011, 2012  Prepared and instructed outdoor shelter building class  Assisted special education students  Monitored students’ safety during evening activities Mathematics and Reading Tutor- Marquette, MI June 2010-August 2010  Tutored three 5th grade special education students in math and reading Work Experience Huron Mountain Club- Big Bay, MI Keeper (nanny): August 2011, July-August 2012 Information Technology Services; Network Engineering- Michigan State University Receptionist: May 2011-June 2012 Volunteer Experience MSU Friend Shop Volunteer, 2011-2012 Assisted in monthly family night activities at the East Lansing Public Library Alternative Spring Break Volunteer, 2010, 2011, 2012 Home repair trips to Jonestown, MS and McKee, KY; Social outreach trip to Nashville, TN Special Training Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED (2012), Kinesthetic Math Workshop (2012), Michigan Learning Disabilities Association Conference (2012) Additional Skills Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, Weebly, Skype, Promethean Board


Mrs. Valerie Smythe Principal Madison Elementary (970) 348-1700 ▪ vsmythe@greeleyschools.org
Mr. Rob Roth Assistant Principal Madison Elementary (970) 776-6249 ▪ rroth1@greeleyschools.org Mrs. Jennifer Rios-Alers Literacy Coach Madison Elementary (970) 691-3786 ▪ jalers@greeleyschools.org Mrs. Michelle Wiest Mentor/Colleague Madison Elementary (970) 371-2050 ▪ michellewall42@yahoo.com