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Jillian Zdenek

Current: 1023 Pulawski Street SW ● Grand Rapids, MI 49504 ● Cell: (301) 509-3469
● zdenekj@mail.gvsu.edu
● http://jillianzdenek.weebly.com
Objective To obtain an elementary teaching position at a school where I can share my
passion of educating young minds and to maximize my high levels of energy.

Education Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI


Graduate Teacher Certification Program
Teaching Certification May 2018
Dean’s List
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies May 2012
Dean’s List
Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD
Graduation: June 2008

Teaching Substitute Teacher, EDUStaff, Grand Rapids, MI.


Experience September 2016- present. Short-term substitute in K-5 classrooms.

Outdoor Educator, YMCA Camp Pendalouan, Montague, MI


August 2014- August 2015. Taught children about animal ecology, aquatic study,
canoeing, native American life, survival, archaeology, etc.

Camp Counselor, AnBryce Foundation, Madison, VA


June 2014- August 2014. Taught many different classes including outdoor living skills,
team building, leadership, and communication skill building.

Education Naturalist, YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Graford, TX


August 2013- May 2014. Taught children many science-based classes about ecology in
the area. Taught classes about constellations, outdoor survival, canoeing, archery,
sensory, orienteering, low ropes course.

Education Instructor, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, Willsboro, NY


January 2013-June 2013.Taught children many outdoor activities, i.e. xc skiing, indoor
rock climbing, ice climbing, ropes course, astronomy, survival, ecology, canoeing, living
history. Fed and took care of farm animals.

Education Intern, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Scottsbluff, NE August 2012-


November 2012. Taught children and the general public about nature and birds by
engaging them in environmental initiative activities. Assisted with bird banding and
setting up mist nets.

Camp Counselor, Washington Episcopal School, Bethesda, MD, June-


July 2007. Supervised fifteen children, taught arts and crafts and engaged
them in physical activities.

Professional Fire Up Teacher Assistants Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2017.
Development Attended workshops that provided tips to become a better educator.

Fire Up Student Teacher Conference, Grand Rapids, MI March 2018.


Attended workshops that provided tips to being a successful teacher.

Calvin Tyrell Workshop, Grand Rapids, MI, September 2017. Attended workshop
addressing issues on race, racial healing, and racial justice.

Skills SMART Board Technology: proficient


Coursesites: proficient
Weebly: proficient
Mursion Avatar Simulation: experience
PBS Learning Media: experience
Curricular Integration of Educational Technology: proficient
Project Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree: certified
Language Skills: basic proficiency in Spanish
Leadership Skills: University of Vermont Trek Program
Computer Skills: PC & Mac OS X systems; Microsoft Word,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel
Social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

Interests Soccer, running, reading, environmental initiatives, animals, birding, nature

References Rosemary Cleveland


Director
Graduate Teacher Certification Program
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 331-6222
clevelro@gvsu.edu

Lori Willson
Paraprofessional
Whitehall District Schools
541 E. Slocum St.
Whitehall, MI 49461
(231) 670-7528
lordanw@gmail.com

Tamara Waters
7th Grade Science Teacher
Lakeshore Middle School
900 Cutler St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 335-1384
WatersT@ghaps.org