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Jessica A.

Passionate and compassionate teacher of drama, dance,

and music. Experienced with urban students. Firm believer
in the power of the arts for developing life skills, creativity,

confidence, and teamwork. Articulate and resourceful

leader who brings strong classroom skills as well as

a grounded sense of maturity into the classroom.

101 Day Street #1
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

M.A. in Theatre Education, Emerson College, graduated May 2014. Certified teacher in Theater, all
levels (Massachusetts). GPA 3.97.
B.A. in Merchandising, Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2005, GPA 4.0.
Codman Academy Public Charter School, Dorchester, MA

August 2014 - present
Developed Movement curricula from scratch, adherent to state dance standards, for brand new
Lower School (currently K1, K2, 1, 2, with more grades to be added next year). Differentiated
curricula for grade levels and wide range of skills/behaviors.
Managed classrooms of urban students. Created well-defined routines and expectations.
Managed frequent & high-level behaviors, including many students with special behavior plans
and IEPs.
Developed positive & strong relationships with students and primary teachers, both in and out
of their time in my classroom.
Prepared students for performances showcasing their work to families, other students, and

Newton North High School, Newton, MA

Jan 2014 June 2014
As student teacher, developed & taught full-term curriculum for Drama 2 class, including
monologue work, movement & voice work, devising/playmaking work, improv work, and final
play project.
Assisted with lesson development and co-taught large Drama 1 class, including warm-ups,
trust-building exercises, movement workshops, monologue & scene projects.
Assisted with choreography and rehearsals for large spring musical.
Assisted with selection, production & management of student-produced and -directed plays
under the umbrella of Theatre Ink, NNHSs teaching & working theater.
Developed strong working relationships with other faculty, administration, and parents.

The Dance Inn, Lexington, MA

Fall 2012 Summer 2014
Taught progressive dance curricula, including warm-up exercises, development of skills &
vocabulary, history, short combinations, and choreography for students of varying levels,
grades 1-11.
Managed high-energy classroom environments.
Choreographed & prepared students for spring performances.

Live Arts theater, Charlottesville, VA

Jan 2012 Aug 2012
Developed and implemented new dance curricula as part of theater educational offerings for
students aged teen through adult.
Taught on-going classes as well as workshops in jazz, tap, and musical theater styles.
Choreographer (tap) for The Drowsy Chaperone, December 2011.

Four County Players, Barboursville, VA

Assistant director & choreographer for Annie, March 2011.
Taught summer camp workshops in dance & audition techniques.

Additional studio teaching & choreography

2006 - 2011
Choreographed Fabulous Flavio, an original musical performed at V. Earl Dickinson theater,
Charlottesville, VA (Spring 2009).
Taught group dance classes & private lessons for students aged teen through adult, Shergold
Studio, Charlottesville, VA (2008 2011).
Taught group dance classes for students aged seven through adult, Potomac Dance Centre and
Kinetics Dance Theatre, MD (2006 2007).
Graduate Assistant, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Fall 2012 Jan 2014
Conducted research, completed special projects, provided administrative support for head of
Musical Theatre BFA program.
Oversaw full analysis, documentation of, and additions to, Emerson librarys performing arts
Worked independently while maintaining contact and communication with faculty member, as
well as other university faculty and staff.

Human Resources Associate, Silverchair, Charlottesville, VA

May 2010 Aug 2012
Managed all payroll processes, including company transition to online software, for three
separate subsidiaries of a mid-sized technology company. Provided reporting to senior
management on payroll and employee-related information.
Maintained employee benefits systems, distribution and communication of benefits packages to
employees, including health, dental, FSA, and 401k.
Executed accounts payable processes and trained new staff in AP procedure, including transition
from QuickBooks to multi-entity cloud accounting system.

Member of American Alliance for Theatre & Education, National Dance Education Organization.
Jazz, tap, ballet, swing, and ballroom dance training. Mentored by teacher and original cast
member of Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk on Broadway. Extensive tap training at workshops
and classes in NYC, DC. Training in the Jump Rhythm Technique with Billy Siegenfeld, founder
of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.
Ten years instrumental training on violin and piano. Competed nationally & internationally on
violin as a high school student. Taught private violin, and founded, managed, and played in a
string quartet while still in high school.
Extensive choral experience with The Virginia Consort and Virginia Consort Youth Chorale.
Solfge training, sight-reading, jazz and Broadway vocal training.