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KAREN LANGDON!!

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langdon.karen@gmail.com ! 810-513-7531 1520 Fountain View Drive Brighton, MI 48114 USA

KAREN LANGDON!! !
langdon.karen@gmail.com ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

810-513-7531 1520 Fountain View Drive Brighton, MI 48114 USA

Objective
I am seeking to create a warm and cooperative learning community as a primary school classroom teacher. In working towards molding students into socially competent and forward thinking citizens, I will build an environment where childrens ideas, concerns, and interests are valued and their natural curiosity and drive to learn is encouraged as they explore subject matter in meaningful ways.

Classroom and Field Experience


Classroom Teacher (2006-2013) Lakes Elementary School American Kindergarten (Prep) - Brighton, MI

Instructed students according to state standards in all curricular areas Represented school and grade level team on district committees, including development of Common Core Standards and district wide writing development Created teaching tools and interactive SMARTboard lessons that were used and shared across the district Managed cases of challenging academic and behavioral concerns from colleagues as part of the building Instructional Consultation Team Analyzed student data at grade and school levels to develop school improvement plans Maintained class website and blog to provide continuous communication with parents and families regarding classroom experiences and information Implemented a student blogging network to build audience and voice for student writers using technology Pioneered the development of Professional Learning Communities in the school Introduced Education Through Music via a district wide professional development initiative Welcomed colleagues into the classroom while acting as a Lab Classroom for ongoing professional development throughout the district

! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Authored professional blog for educators at http://www.teachingace.com/ (2011-present) Created unit plans, activities, and lessons for Teachers Pay Teachers (2011-2013) Facilitated summer training workshop on shared and guided reading as an outside contractor (2011)

Teacher Educator (2006-2013) !

Summer Program Director (2002-2004 and 2006)


! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Developed and facilitated summer program for children aged 3-16 Mediated childrens behavioral problems and emotional concerns Achieved 10% increase in enrollment each year Trained and supervised forty staff members

YMCA Camp Copneconic Fenton, MI

Assistant Teacher (2005)


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Early Childhood Development Center Flint, MI

Documented childrens learning using multimedia presentations and documentation panels Developed a classroom environment within the framework of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy Cultivated childrens natural interests and curiosity by observing and enriching their play environments

Educational Background
Master of Arts in Education with K-8 Teaching Certification (Prep-8) (2006) University of Michigan, Flint

Michigan Endorsements in Elementary Education, Language Arts, Early Childhood Education, and French Graduated with a GPA of 8.0 (on an 8.0 scale) Bachelor of Arts (2002) Majored in Psychology and French / Francophone Studies Member of Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society Studied and lived abroad in Strasbourg, France University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional Development
Education Through Music (2010-2013) Peter Johnston Conference (2013) Interactive Whiteboard Training (2011) Instructional Consultation Team Training (2010) Conscious Discipline Study (2009-2010) Reading Workshop in Kindergarten (Prep) (2009-2010) Michigan Reading Association Conference (2009) Professional Learning Communities Conference (2008) Summer Integrated Curriculum Team Planning (2008) Writing Workshop in the Classroom (2007-2008)

Each year I receive many letters, emails, and comments from parents raving about what a wonderful teacher Karen is and how thrilled they are with their childrens academic, social and emotional progress in her classroom. She is frequently requested by parents for their child, based both on her excellent reputation in the community and their past experience with her teaching. ~Lindsay Smither Principal Lakes Elementary School

Karen Langdons kind personality and dedication to educating children make her an asset to any teaching staff and community. I am so very grateful that my daughter had the opportunity to experience artful teaching at its best and to be touched by a truly gifted educator. ~Beth Maurin Parent of a Former Student

Karen's dedication to using best practices is impressive and inspiring. Every year that I have worked with her, she has learned something new and expanded it to create units of study based on current research and best practices. ~Michelle Zielinski Colleague and Kindergarten Teacher Hartland Consolidated Schools

As an intervention coach in the district, I have had several opportunities to visit Karens classroom. There is something magical that happens when you walk in Karen Langdons classroom. She has outstanding classroom management. Her students are always engaged and excited no matter what Karen is teaching. She has a way of making each child feel like they are the most important person in the room. She creates a classroom community that makes you want to enter and never want to leave. ~Jenna Furr District Writing Intervention Coach