RACHEL A.

HARDEN
1303 Nottingham Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 (919) 522-9236, harden_rachel@yahoo.com EDUCATION Classes in Social Work, North Carolina State University & New York University, 2004-2005 B.S. in Biology with Highest Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996 EXPERIENCE WITH YOUTH Youth Development Group Facilitator May 2006-present (Tuesday & Thursday evenings), ReEntry, Inc., Raleigh, NC • Co-facilitate psychoeducational classes for adolescent youth referred by Juvenile or Teen Court. • Present interactive "life skills" material, covering issues such as communication, relationships with peers and adults, victim awareness, anger management, decision making and goal setting. • Track progress by providing written behavior reports on participants after each class meeting. After-School Teacher 2006-2007 school year, Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School, Raleigh, NC • Supervised children (ages 3-12) attending after-school care. • Assisted with snack, homework, activities and clean-up. • Promoted social and academic development using Montessori principles. Child Assessment Coder Oct. 2006-May 2007 (temporary position), Research Triangle Institute, RTP, NC • Coded early child development data, measuring narrative language and fine motor skills. • Obtained federal security clearance to handle sensitive data for a government research project. • Met weekly reliability standards and participated in regular project meetings. Summer Camp Counselor Summer 2006, Spence’s Farm, Chapel Hill, NC • Supervised children participating in a summer day camp on an educational farm. • Facilitated small group activities, centered on farm living, for campers ages 5-7. • Served as a positive role model and mentor for the children.

Paraprofessional Summer 2005, Camp MeadowWood, Chapel Hill, NC Oct. 2004-May 2005, Easter Seals UCP, Raleigh, NC • Provided support to children with emotional, behavioral and/or developmental challenges. • Planned and facilitated activities for clients based on their interests, needs and treatment goals. • Collaborated with co-workers and participated in regular group supervisions. • Documented interventions and their effectiveness for clients in a clinical note format.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE English as a Second Language Instructor Summers 2005, 2004, 2001 & 2000, Telamon Corporation, Raleigh, NC Fall 2004, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC • Taught English as a Second Language to adults in the classroom and at farmworker camps. • Planned lessons based on the needs and proficiencies of the students. • Enrolled students, monitored progress and evaluated student performance. Project Manager & Software Tester Jan.-March 2006 & Jan. 2001-May 2004, Sageworks, Inc., Raleigh, NC Assisted with product development, project management and software testing & support for a web-based financial analysis tool. • Conducted product development research. • Implemented project plans. • Tested software for usability and professional quality. • Provided customer support. Biologist 1995-2000, various organizations • Conducted research in ecology, conservation and systematics. • Participated in public outreach concerning songbird conservation. • Supported biology education and academic research at Duke University. • Supported research and development for the agribusiness and pharmaceutical industries. HONORS & AWARDS Research Training Program, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, Summer 1996 Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996 • Highest Honors in Biology • F.J. LeClair Award (Excellence in Plant Science) • J.N. Couch Award (Excellence in Research & Scholarship in Plant Biology) Undergraduate Research Grant, Honors Office, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1995 Phi Beta Kappa, Vice-President, 1994 VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS Wake Audubon, Board Member (starting in Jan. 2008)

Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings, Certified Leader (since Oct. 2006) North Carolina Museum of Art (since Jan. 2006) SAFEchild, The Nurturing Program, Children’s Group Leader (2002-2005)