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Andrew Mickunas

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1147 24 Street, APT 4, Des Moines, IA 50311


515.423.8944 - andrewvmickunas@gmail.com

EDUCATION:
Master of Science in Teaching (in progress) 4.0 GPA
Endorsement: Reading
Drake University in Des Moines, IA
Anticipated graduation date: 5/2016
B.S. in Psychology (2009) 3.83 GPA
The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA
Thesis Completed With Paul Windschitl, Ph.D.: The Verticality Inherent in Social Comparisons and its Impact
on Assimilation and Contrast Effects
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Student Teacher (Spring 2016)
Wright Elementary and Phillips Traditional School in Des Moines, Iowa
Plan, teach, self-assess, and adjust lesson and unit plans grounded in core standards.
Create both formative and summative assessments that both reflect student success and guide future
teaching.
Differentiate sensitively in both large group lessons and with small groups.
Facilitate and maintain positive social relationships with students.
Manifest through classroom management and positive relationships a successful learning environment.
Maintain and organize system for recording student data.
Engage in consistent self-reflection to benefit future teaching.
Attend and engage with school events, faculty/professional development, and professional learning
communities.
Establish and develop a positive and supportive working relationship with mentor teacher.
Program Presenter (September 2013 current)
iEARTH Camp Educator (May 2013- August 2013)
The Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa
Plan, coordinate, lead a team of volunteers, and supervise monthly Star Parties at Science Center and
Ewing Park.
Present programs to large audiences focused on astronomy, earth science, chemistry, and physics.
Educated children (ages 2-13) on basic biology, chemistry, and physics using cart demonstrations.
Facilitated Boy Scout Overnights by leading groups through various events and providing scientific
education.
Taught, presented, and facilitated full day science camp with a co-educator in an outdoor setting with up
with up to 22 children per class, 4-14 years old.
Designed and implemented hands on curriculum that focused on science, art, and environmental
concepts.
Provided Canoe Instruction and bicycle safety training.
AmeriCorps Literacy and Mathematics Tutor (November 2013 November 2014)

Downtown Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa


Promoted literacy through intervention, comprehension strategies, letter recognition, writing, fluency,
critical thinking, etc.
Engaged mathematical development through questioning, strategies, algorithms, number sense,
visualization, etc.
Worked with children as young as five and as old as eleven.
Coordinated parent volunteers.
Undergraduate Honors Teaching Assistant
The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA (Fall Semester of 2008)
Course 031:103: Social and Personality Development
Supervisor: Grazyna Kochanska Ph.D

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
Research Assistant
Spence Labs of Psychology, The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA (September 2007- January 2011)
Supervisor: Grazyna Kochanska, Ph.D.
Observed and coded behavioral systems for a longitudinal study and intervention study; complex
constructs such as child emotion, mother child interaction, peer interaction, and inhibitory control the
focus of coding.
Analyzed data statistically using SPSS.
Maintained lab website using Microsoft Word.
Co-created and implemented behavioral coding systems.
Planned, organized, and scheduled lab outings and experimental sessions.
Supervised children (ages 1-10).

AWARDS AND HONORS:

ETS Recognition of Excellence for Praxis Series Test: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Graduation with Distinction, The University of Iowa (2009)
Graduation with Honors in Psychology, The University of Iowa (2009)
UI Tuition Scholarship, The University of Iowa (Fall 2007 - Spring 2008)
Deans List, The University of Iowa (2007)

TRAINING:

Bloodborne Pathogens (2016)


Mandatory Reporter Training (November
2013)

Crisis Prevention Intervention Training


(December 2013)
Stewards of Children Training (June 2013)

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS:
Plumert, J. M., Haggerty, K., Mickunas, A., Herzog, L., & Shadrick, C. (2012). Mother-child communication
about location: Giving and following directions for finding hidden objects. Developmental Psychology,
48, 956-968.

VOLUNTEERISM AND LEADERSHIP:

Iowa Historical Building (2014)

Meals From The Heartland (2014)

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Junior Achievement (2013)


Hy-Vee Fishing Derby (2013)
Wesley Acres Retirement Home (2013)

The Science Center of Iowa (2011 2013)


Habitat For Humanity (2012)
Volunteer For Presidential Campaign (2012)

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