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Theodora Yvonne Johnson

7624 Burnelle Drive


Little Rock, AR 72209
Home (501) 562-4215 Cell (501) 960-8614
E-mail: theodora54is@gmail.com or tjohnson@pcssd.org


OBJECTIVE: A professional, state-certified educator with twenty plus years of teaching and training
experience seeks to secure a position as a secondary school language arts teacher.
EXPERIENCE : March 1992- Present
Pulaski County Special School District, 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, AR 72206

Classroom Teacher, Mills University Studies High School, 2014-Present
Duties: Teach ninth grade regular English. Follow state curriculum and common core strands to prepare students
for state testing as well as college and career readiness. Ensure the mastery of grade-level skills in grammar,
literature, vocabulary, test-taking skills, study skills, and composition. Maintain discipline and order to create an
atmosphere for learning.
Instructional Facilitator, Mills University Studies High School, 2007-2014
Duties: Study end-of-course test data to designate non-proficient students and design academic improvement plans
(AIPS) to bring those students to a proficient level while they are in remediation classes. I modeled lessons that
encourage the use of best practices for teachers to use in mainstream and remediation classes to heighten literacy
levels.
Accomplishments and extra duties:
Subpopulations 2011 Benchmark test scores increased from 18.8% (2008) to 52%.
Began an ACT tutorial class to raise ACT Reading test scores.
Conducted the Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings with the staff.
Coached students in test-taking skills to prepare them for the state benchmark exam (ACTAAP).
Taught reading and vocabulary skills to low-level readers to upgrade their reading ability.
Conducted reading tests to determine reading levels of all ninth graders and remediation students.
Worked alongside the building principal to plan incentives and staff development.

Regular and Pre-AP Classroom Teacher, Oak Grove High School, 1992-2007
Duties: I taught 9-11 regular and Pre-AP English. I followed state guidelines and strands to prepare students for
state testing. Ensure the mastery of grade-level skills in grammar, literature, vocabulary, test-taking skills, study
skills, and composition. I maintained discipline and order to create learning atmosphere.
Accomplishments and extra duties:
Worked with a team that produced a 20 percent increase in literacy test scores in 2002.
Served on the Curriculum Guide Revision committee to revise ninth grade strands, 1995.
Served on the Curriculum Guide Revision committee to revise state journalism education strands.

Journalism Teacher/Publications Adviser, Oak Grove High School, 1993-2007; Mills
University High School, 2010; 2014
Accomplishments and extra duties:
Staffs consistently won Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention awards in state-level competitions.
Member, Journalism Education Association, 1997-present; Ad Hoc Board member, 2001-2007;
Member, Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA),1993-present.
Certified Journalism Educator (CJE), 2003-2007.
Taught classes, critique and judge contest entries at the national level during the JEA/NSPA conventions.






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EDUCATION
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, M.A., Professional and Technical Writing (expected December 2014)
University of Phoenix, Continuing Education classes, Reading, (completed 6 hours).
Southern State College, Magnolia, AR
B.S.E. 1976, Secondary Education
Major: English Minor: Journalism

TECHNIAL SKILLS
Word, Photoshop, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, WordPress

CERTIFICATIONS
Arkansas Department of Education certification in Secondary Education:
Journalism 7-12; English Language Arts 7-12; Arkansas History 5-8; American History 5-8; Geography 7-12
Little Rock Writing Project Teacher Consultant, 2011
Arkansas Leadership Academy (Forum 19) graduate, 2011
Pathwise Teacher Mentoring program, Summer 2010
ADE Instructional Facilitator Training, Spring 2010
TESS training, Spring 2014

AWARDS, MEMBERSHIPS, AND NOMINATIONS
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Inducted 1976
Whos Who Among Americas High School Teachers, 1997-2007
National Honor Society of Distinguished Teachers, 2006.
Little Rock Writing Project Fellowship Awardee, 2011
Member, Golden Key, Inducted 2011
Member, Phi Kappa Phi, Inducted 2011
National Association of University Women, Inducted 2014

OTHER EXPERIENCE
1992-2008 College Preparatory Education Program (CPEP) Test Tutor
1998-1999 Motivational Presenter, Summer Institute at Henderson State University
1986-1990 Tutor, UALR Talent Search Tutoring Program
1986-1990 Humanities Instructor, Jordan College, Flint, MI
2006-2007 ACT Test Supervisor, Oak Grove High School