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Claire M.

Elsey
Home Address:
111 E. North Street
Dwight, IL 60420

Contact Information:
(815) 735-4577
claire_10@sbcglobal.net

Objective: To empower and develop individuality in each of my students by meeting their educational needs in a classroom
environment founded on stability, creativity, and success.
Education
North Central College, Naperville, IL
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education (Self Contained General Education)
Endorsements: Reading Teacher and English as a Second Language
Cumulative GPA: 3.877/4.0
Illinois State Board of Education Licensure
Professional Educator License
Endorsements: Elementary Education, Grades K-9
English as a Second Language, Grades K-4 & 5-8
Reading Teacher, Grades K-4 & 5-8
Study Abroad
Santa Elena Grade School and High School, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Participated in an impoverished classroom setting interacting culturally, musically, and
environmentally with students who had limited classroom materials
National Conference on Undergraduate Research Presentation
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington
Presented my research to colleagues from across the nation on the effects of shared
versus guided reading within the Kindergarten setting and which heightens students
success in reading more

June 2016

July 2012

April 2015

Teaching Field Experience


Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School, 1st Grade, Aurora, IL
January 2016 Present
Refining my students skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing through peer
biography interviews
Explicitly incorporating best practices of English Language Learners using TAPPLE,
choral repetition, stand and deliver, and sentence frames to support language acquisition
Student Teaching Georgetown Elementary School, 1st Grade, Aurora, IL
August-December 2015
Designed my classroom management based on 10 students with behavioral support plans
using individualized behavior charts to assist students in managing emotions
Accommodated math activities with manipulative modeling and kinesthetic counting to
meet curriculum objectives
Differentiated classroom calendar activities and tasks into Velcro and file folder activities
to meet the needs of a student who transitioned from a self-contained classroom with an
academic-developmental delay
Adapted lessons based on the individual needs of 5 English Language Learners, 2
students with speech IEPs, and in response to student behavioral ratings on the Connors
Behavior Rating Scale using pictures to supplement language, Kagan Cooperative
Learning groups to support peer interaction, and sentence frames to support academic
language use
Developed SmartBoard Mathematics lessons for the 1st Grade team based on the Eureka
Math Curriculum to scaffold learners at their present levels
Addison Summer School Program Internship, Indian Trial Junior High
June 2014-August 2015
School/Lincoln Elementary School, Kindergarten, Addison, IL

Developed weekly lesson plans emphasizing engagement through kinesthetic word work
and music, content based on students current knowledge of concepts of print and word
recognition, and sequence based on continuous assessments and reteaching of skills
Built a strong rapport among students using interest inventories and peer interaction
activities to promote cooperation

Tutoring One-on-One Intervention, Highlands Elementary School, 1st Grade,


March-June 2015
Naperville, IL
Assessed an identified struggling reader using the Burke Reading Interview, McKenna &
Kear Reading Attitude Survey, Phonics Mastery Survey, Primary Spelling Inventory, and
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System
Developed instruction reflective of the students performance including smart goals based
on his strengths and areas of development, word study, choral reading, and reader
response activities based on the diagnostic assessments
El Sierra Elementary School, Downers Grove, IL, 5th Grade
September-November 2014
Implemented guided reading lessons using the application Tools 4 Students engaging
students in the use of comprehension skills through graphic organizers of main idea,
detail, comparing, contrasting, and sequencing
Owen Elementary School, Naperville, IL, 1st-3rd Grade Self-Contained Setting
March-June 2014
Conducted behavioral recordings identifying antecedents and consequences within
Functional Behavioral Assessments and their role within Positive Behavior Intervention
Plans
Steck Elementary School, Aurora, IL, 5th Grade, Inclusive Setting
March- June 2014
Conducted behavioral recordings and compared communicative responses of students
with and without IEPs
Lincoln Junior High School, Naperville, IL, 7th Grade Honors Mathematics
March-June 2014
Engaged students through investigative learning centers to formulate algebraic equations
and expressions
Scaffolded students toward acquiring the attributes of misleading graphs through
diagrammed note taking
Involvement
Kappa Delta Pi Vice President
Honors Society for Education developing and carrying out service projects
Teach First Scholarship Program
Program for first generation students pursuing a career in education
Student Leaders Association of Teacher Educators
Student group focused on professionally developing members to become knowledgeable
of new ESL literacy modifications, SmartBoard technology, and iPad applications for the
classroom
Related Work Experience
Naper Elementary School Job Shadow, Naperville, IL, 1st Grade
O.C. Allen Elementary Job Shadow, Aurora, IL, 4th Grade
Dwight Elementary School, Spanish Curriculum Teaching, 4th and 2nd Grade
Coached 1st 8th Grade Softball Camp, Dwight, IL
Professional Development
Student Learning Objective (SLO) Training/Teachscape On-cycle Training
District 204 1st Grade Curriculum Review
Webinar Dr. Tonsing-Meyer Tablet Integration within the classroom
Associated Colleges of Illinois Teacher Induction Academy
Smart Board Training
Maria Walther Literacy Classroom Presentation
Service
Benavides Kindergarten Center Read-Alouds (Costco Reading Program)

Public Action to Deliver Shelter


Feed My Starving Children