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___________________Leah A.

Newton____________________
Objective: To equip students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary for success EDUCATION:

M.Ed., Masters in Urban Education GPA: 4.00/4.00

August 2012 June 2013

B.A. in English & Secondary Education GPA: 3.69/4.00 January 2006 May 2009

CERTIFICATIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Professional Certificate, English 7-12 State of IL Provisional Secondary Teaching Certificate, English 6-12 with Middle Level and Senior HS endorsements Learning & Behavior Specialist endorsement (LBS1) WORK EXPERIENCE: Seventh and Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Deneen Elementary School AUSL division of Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL August 2013 Present Wrote the seventh and eighth grade curriculums, including the scope and sequence as well as unit and lesson plans, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards Created and implemented curricular objectives based upon data gathered from running records, NWEA/MAP testing, state standardized test scores, and teacher-created assessments Selected age-appropriate classroom materials, using sources such as Scholastic SCOPE and Study Island Utilized DesCartes statements to deliver whole-group and small-group instruction according to students RIT ranges Registered students in custom Compass Learning assignments to reinforce student mastery of classroom objectives Became proficient in the use of a SMART Board and document camera as well as other instructional technologies Took leadership in the school community by organizing activities such as quarterly awards assemblies Resident Teacher at Curtis School of Excellence (6th Grade ELA) & Bradwell School of Excellence (8th Grade ELA) Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), Chicago, IL August 2012 July 2013 Effectively implemented all aspects of balanced literacy in a variety of subject areas, including Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Guided Reading, Word Study, Novel Study, Independent Reading, and Social Studies Achieved classroom management through the application of Doug Lamovs signature strategies Demonstrated coach-ability and growth according to the Danielson Framework Created a culturally relevant classroom environment by applying knowledge of my students and their communities Human Resources Department Supervisor, Toys R Us Babies R Us, Columbia, MD July 2010 November 2011 Recruited, trained, supervised, and evaluated over one hundred employees during any given season Seventh Grade English/Communication Skills Teacher, James Blair Middle School, Norfolk, VA February June 2010 Utilized team planning and data analysis techniques to review student progress and set goals for student achievement Established relationships with parents through meetings, emails, online grade book updates, letters, and phone calls Substitute Teacher, Grove City Area School District & Lakeview School District, PA Dependably and flexibly responded to last-minute teaching assignments August December 2009

Student Teacher, Franklin Area High School, Franklin, PA August December 2008 Displayed excellent time management skills while grading papers with personal feedback and preparing lessons that maximized student learning in Advanced Placement, regular level, and special education classes Illustrated commitment to the community by attending football games and open house, editing student essays for college admission, and reviewing student work for the school literary magazine

AWARDS AND HONORARIES: Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society ETS Recognition of Excellence in Principles of Learning and Teaching VOLUNTEER HISTORY:

Summa Cum Laude, NLU Magna Cum Laude with Honors in English, GCC Deans List with Distinction

AmeriCorps Member, Curtis and Bradwell Schools of Excellence, Chicago, IL September 2012 June 2013 Provided instruction to students and built relationships with them by participating in community activities Classroom Observations and Guest Teaching, MD & NY November 2011-August 2012 Guest-taught and observed in a variety of classroom settings including Butler Montessori School in Darnestown, MD, The SEED School of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and Coney Island Preparatory Academy in New York, NY Field Experience, Mercer Area Middle School, Mercer, PA January May 2009 Assisted students in learning support and integrated classrooms as well as a classroom for students with autism Young Life Leader, Young Life, Mercer Area High School, Mercer, PA August 2007 May 2009 Creatively led Bible studies for adolescents in Mercer, PA, raising their self-esteem and building lasting relationships Mentor for New Life, George Junior Juvenile Delinquent Center, Grove City, PA August 2006 May 2007 Served young men at the juvenile delinquent center by leading Bible studies and discussions Tutor, Grove City Middle School, Grove City, PA January - May 2006 Demonstrated dependability while tutoring students after school in writing, resulting in higher student achievement