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Kristen Zollo

94 Gateway Blvd. Kendall Park, NJ 08824

Phone: (201) 207-1186 E-Mail:

To educate a multitude of culturally and academically diverse students in an engaging academic

The College of New Jersey, Ewing NJ
Bachelor of Science of Early Childhood Education, May 2016
Bachelor of Arts of Psychology
Specialization: Developmental Psychology
Cumulative GPA: 3.62/4.0; Deans List (5 out of 6 semesters)

CEAS Early Childhood Education Certificate (P-3), Summer 2016
Praxis II Early Childhood Content Knowledge, July 2015
First Aid/CRP/AED Certified by the American Red Cross, February
Harassment Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) Certification, September

Student Teaching Experience, Mill Lake Elementary School, Monroe, NJ, Winter 2016-Present

Design and educate curriculum in a first grade classroom

Assess student understanding through the use of daily learning goals, scales, and unit rubrics
Optimize student growth through the use of current models of education to develop thoughtful and
challenging lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Standards
Utilize a variety of formal, informal, formative, and summative assessments to monitor and track student
Implement a balanced literacy approach that incorporates Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, and
Words Their Way
Establish and lead guided reading and skill-based reading groups based on data obtained through the
Developmental Reading Assessment
Utilize the enVision math program to develop engaging math lessons
Maintain a strong home-school connection for the benefit of the students in the class; communicate daily
with families via email
Utilize technology and the SMARTboard throughout lessons to enhance and extend student learning
Utilize Responsive Classroom approach to develop a strong classroom community and establish clear and
consistent routines throughout the school day
Tailor and differentiate instructional approach to meet the unique needs of all students within the class
Develop, monitor, assess, and meet Student Growth Objectives
Participate in a variety of professional development opportunities

Junior Field Experience, Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lawrenceville, NJ, Fall 2015

Worked cooperatively with lead teacher in a kindergarten classroom

Designed lessons across all subject areas that aligned with Common Core Standards
Integrated technology into lessons using the SMART board
Utilized Responsive Classroom techniques during morning meetings to foster a positive community
Utilized the Go Math! curriculum to develop math lessons
Fostered independent writing through small group centers
Created, prepared, and taught a two week unit on United States and the World, including topics: towns,
states, countries, U.S. symbols, continents, mapping, and culture
Implemented formative and summative assessments to inform my teaching

Created and delivered a lesson on bullying prevention

Established a differentiation action plan to meet the needs of all students

Math and Science Field Experience, East Amwell Elementary School, Ewing, NJ, Fall 2014

Observed, assisted, and taught science and math subjects in a 1st grade classroom
Developed discrepant events to engage students in inquiry based learning
Prepared math and science lessons to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards for
Science and Mathematics

Sophomore Field Experience, Cranberry Presbyterian Nursery School, Cranberry, NJ, Spring 2014

Observed and aided in a preschool classroom of 3-4 year olds

Developed and taught an integrated literacy and science lesson
Developed and delivered literacy mini-lessons to small groups

Reading and Literature Practicum, Afton Elementary School, Yardley, PA, Fall 2013

Observed, assisted, and taught reading and writing for kindergarten students
Conducted DRAs to assess student reading level and inform my instruction
Worked one-on-one with students providing individualized attention to their needs
Developed a read-aloud lesson plan with additional activities to assess knowledge


Teaching Assistant, The Learning Experience, Princeton, NJ, March 2013-Present

Aid teachers with a class of children, ages 6 weeks- 6 years

Observe and monitor children, keep records of behavior/daily activities
Engage children in age-appropriate activities and reading materials
Organize and monitor stimulating arts and crafts
Assist with the planning and the deliverance of lessons utilizing the SMARTboard
Design and create bulletin boards that incorporate student work
Communicate with parents on a daily basis

Child Care Provider for a private family, 2011-2012

Responsible for school aged children

Maintained a positive, nurturing, and safe environment
Offered assistance with homework
Developed cognitive and social skills through play and art activities

Reciprocal Teaching and Close Reading, Monroe 2016
Project Learning Tree, TCNJ 2015
Literacy Across the Curriculum, TCNJ 2015
AMTNJ Conference, Fall 2014

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) testing
Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, GoogleDocs, SPSS
Communication and organizational skills