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GINA BROWN

401 Enchanted Parkway, Apt #102


Ballwin, MO 63021
314-960-3877
browngina@rsdmo.org
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EDUCATION
B.S., Early Childhood Education with a minor in Dance December 2008
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO GPA: 3.42/4.0
 Teacher Certification from DESE to teach Birth – Sixth grade December 2008
 Director Certification from DESE to oversee the maximum number of students January 2009

M.S., Education Administration July 2011


Missouri State University, Springfield, MO GPA: 3.83/4.0

M.S. plus 30 credits, Education June 2016


Truman University, St. Louis, MO GPA: 3.60/4.0

WORK EXPERIENCE
Fourth Grade Teacher May 2016 – Present
Green Pines Elementary, Wildwood, MO
 Created google forms to track student progress and plan coordinated interventions to improve writing
 Built a cooperative classroom community that works towards service learning projects
 Developed Kahoot assessments to track student growth in a fun and engaging manner
 Led a yearly, 4-day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 5th graders in the district with
stream explorations, geology hikes, and countless hands on science experiences

Per-Course Professor in the Childhood Education and Family Studies Department August 2014 - Present
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
 Created a new, Child and Family Development online course to teach to future educators
 Formed an organized layout on the Blackboard server and linked PowerPoints, websites, and rubrics
 Collaborated with professors on how to better educate and prepare students for teaching careers
 Wrote graduate school promotion letters, letters of recommendation, and gave detailed report card
feedback to promising students with a bright future

Fifth Grade Teacher May 2015 – May 2016


Kehrs Mill Elementary, Chesterfield, MO
 Wrote math curriculum, outlines, and rubrics for the elementary schools in the Rockwood School District
 Judged the district’s NCTM math competition as well as school-wide talent show acts
 Adapted each lesson into tactile and braille formats to accommodate a visually-impaired learner
 Tutored fourth and fifth graders in math before school for the Math and More Program

Fourth Grade Teacher August 2014 - May 2015


Kehrs Mill Elementary, Chesterfield, MO
 Developed an online planner embedded in the Rockwood website to keep parents informed
 Taught and choreographed 6 free, Zumba courses for students to promote an active lifestyle
 Mentored a student who tragically witnessed the loss of her father
 Field tested a Chromebook classroom for the district and reported on successes and challenges
Fifth Grade Teacher & Cheerleading Coach August 2012 - August 2014
Hickory Hills Elementary, Springfield, MO
 Trained elementary staff on a number of research-proven software and planned my school’s professional
development agenda for the school year
 Interviewed and selected a future teacher for Hickory Hills with the principal and assistant principal
 Devised an interactive cheerleading website/video catalog with almost 100 self-made recordings
 Led a Kagan Cooperative Learning classroom and modeled for other teachers in the building

Third Grade Teacher August 2011 - August 2012


Hickory Hills Elementary, Springfield, MO
 Differentiated instruction for special education students, ESL students, and gifted students, teaching
lessons with small groups & developing a number of RAFTs & choice boards
 Supervised our schools rooftop greenhouse and devised a number of ‘green projects’ including
partnering with the Springfield Recycling Specialist and implementing a class-wide project for providing
clean water to third world countries
 Generated lesson plans that correlate to the highest levels of thinking within Bloom’s Taxonomy
 Explored the use of technology through student computers to expand upon lesson topics, constructed
SMART notebook lessons from scratch, and downloaded SMART Exchange lessons to create hands-on,
higher level learning, often paired with SMART responders.

Education Department Lead Graduate Assistant August 2010 - July 2011


Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
 Oversaw duties of other department graduate assistants and student workers
 Liaison between professors and the director at the Missouri State University Child Development Center
 Graded college essays and exams on education related subjects, designed program handbooks, created
college assignments, uploaded documents, and assisted professors with their education research
 Substitute taught a number of early childhood and elementary education classes at the university

Toddler Teacher March 2010 - August 2010


Missouri State University Child Development Center, Springfield, MO
 Created an engaging weekly curriculum and conversed with parents to form goals for their child
 Logged every notable event in daily sheets, meal counts, and attendance forms
 Preformed weekly running records on each child and kept detailed accomplishment portfolios
 Actively participated in staff meetings to collaborate on ideas for the improvement of the center

Child Care Center Director August 2009 - February 2010


Safe N Sound Playground Too, Springfield, MO
 Developed and designed a website promoting the growth of the center
 Kept up licensing and accreditation standards by properly overseeing employee’s duties
 Contacted companies to receive donations, coordinated fund raising events, wrote employee checks,
and made tuition deposits and bank transfers to manage the center’s cash flow
 Kept child records, led family tours, answered calls, and communicated positively and effectively with
parents and teachers to best meet the needs of the children in attendance

Purchasing Representative and Company Nanny February 2009 - August 2009


Executive Image International, Springfield, MO
 Researched new products and persuaded heads of corporations for wholesale, volume pricing benefits
 Worked cooperatively and efficiently with 18 fellow employees in each step of selling products online
 Kept detailed files, contacted companies regarding shipping details, utilized a multi-line phone, and
calculated exact costs and profit margins
 Cared for the boss’s children full-time throughout the months of July and August
Private Tutor June 2008 - August 2008
Hilburn Residence, Springfield, MO
 Coordinated educational trips each day to peak curiosity and ignite a passion for life-long learning
 Demonstrated and taught ideal swimming and piano technique
 Chauffeured to and from school to the desired destination
 Tutored in a number of subjects including reading, mathematics, and French

Ballet and Swimming Instructor December 2007 - August 2008


Springfield YMCA, Springfield, MO
 Imparted ballet vocabulary and terminology on young ballerinas
 Illustrated ballet dance techniques, i.e. turns, battements, pliés, tendus, etc.
 Taught basic to intermediate-level swimming techniques to students
 Implemented differentiated lesson plans in the pool to challenge each student at their own level

Aerobics and Water Aerobics Instructor August 2007 - January 2009


Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
 Developed safe and differentiated workouts for college students, faculty, and staff
 Choreographed dance routines each week and taught within a budgeted time constraint
 Demonstrated correct technique in a variety of fitness areas and methods
 Lectured on muscle and bone anatomy, joint actions, and muscle correlations

Summer Odyssey Teacher June 2006 - August 2006


Springfield YMCA, Springfield, MO
 Supervised approximately 100 students in Kindergarten through middle school
 Communicated with parents detailing their children’s needs and concerns
 Read aloud several times throughout the day to instill the value of reading
 Led physical activities and prepared nutritious snacks to promote healthy lifestyle choices

Summer School Teacher June 2005 - August 2005


Creative Expressions Learning Center, Eureka, MO
 Supervised a classroom of 30 children ages 6 to 12
 Took children on daily field trips to different locations in St. Louis
 Lifeguarded the children in the pool 3 times a week
 Tutored students one-on-one and gave summer homework to ensure developmental progress

Child Care Teacher August 2004 - May 2008


Missouri State University Child Development Center, Springfield, MO
 Devised and taught lessons for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years
 Logged every notable daily event, kept detailed child portfolios, and set student goals
 Collected and recorded payments at the front desk
 Participated in staff meetings to collaborate on ideas for the improvement of the center

Supervisor of Hurricane Harbor Summer 2002 - Summer 2006


Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, MO
 Promoted to the top position of ‘Supervisor’ overseeing over 100 employees and 7 water attractions
 Scheduled each employee for an entire week according to their individual availability needs
 Managed all guest complaints, problems with employees, and attraction maintenance issues.
 Personally contacted to rush to every emergency because of skill and professionalism
STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Two Year Old Classroom October 2008 - December 2008
Child Development Center, Springfield, MO
 Designed and implemented creative activities for children ages 2 and 3, for a total of 280 hours
 Greeted parents twice daily to discuss their child’s daily behavior and accomplishments
 Completed detailed daily sheets on each child to report all pertinent information to parents
 Evaluated 20 college students completing their practicum and held a conference with several of them
individually to discuss their performance

Kindergarten Classroom August 2008 - October 2008


Rountree Elementary School, Springfield, MO
 Planned and implemented all of the daily lesson plans and student tasks beginning the first day of
school, for a total of 280 hours
 Supervised every recess both morning and afternoon for both kindergarten classes
 Helped host the Kindergarten Meet-and-Greet and led the fall Parent-Teacher Conference
 Documented violent behavior daily on several students in our Title 1 school and collected data and
feedback from a behavioral specialist

PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
First Grade Classroom January 2008 - May 2008
Rountree Elementary School, Springfield, MO

Second Grade and Kindergarten Classrooms August 2007 - January 2008


Missouri State University Greenwood Laboratory School, Springfield, MO

Toddler – Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms August 2005 - May 2007


Missouri State University Child Development Center, Springfield, MO

Three Year Old Classroom January 2005 - May 2005


University Child Care Center, Springfield, MO

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Personal Trainer, Open-Water Scuba Diver, Practical Skills and Choreography, CPR, First Aid, and AED

THESIS WORK
Explored the positive effects that early education programs have on student learning in the elementary setting