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Kara M.

Collins
5812 Queens Gate Ct. ~Alexandria, VA 22303~C:912-271-7410 redsoxfan1358@gmail.com

Instructional Coach
Highly accomplished, staff and student-focused, goal-oriented instructional leader. Talent to motivate staff through creative,
rigorous, and relevant professional development that ensures high levels of learning for all teachers and staff to capture
student attention and bring about student success. Skilled in effective communication and superior interpersonal skills to
cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships with district and school personnel, students, parents, and community
partners. Collaborative individual who works cohesively with all stakeholders to ensure excellence in planning and delivery
of instruction. Leads by example. Builds relationships. Passion for leading, teaching, and learning.

AREAS OF COMPETENCY INCLUDE:


Learner ~ Developing and Implementing Curriculum ~ Monitor Staff and Student Progress ~ Text Book and Ancillary
Materials Adoption Committee ~ Professional Development Creator & Facilitator ~ Strong Leadership Abilities and
Organizational Skills~ Assessment Creation & Alignment ~ Differentiated Instruction ~ Working in Lind with
Management Policies ~ Hire, Recruit and Train Teaching Staff ~ Professional Learning Communities Facilitator ~
Communication and Team Building Leader ~ Fab Four Reciprocal Teaching Trainer ~ Visual Phonics: See the Sound ~
Project Based Learning ~ Jan Richardson Guided Reading Trainer ~ Kagan Trained ~ Google Classroom Expertise ~
Student-Driven Learning ~ Project CRISS Trained ~ Multiple Intelligences ~ Phonics & Phonemic Awareness ~ Creativity
and Innovation in Curriculum Design ~ Technology Integration into Curriculum ~ Flexible Grouping ~ Positive Behavior
Intervention System Leader ~ Balanced Literacy ~ Inquiry Based Learning ~ Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and
Achievement ~ Learning Forward Coaching Academy

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EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS

Administration and Supervision (2017)


Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Master of Science in Elementary Education and Literacy (2010)


State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
Graduated with academic distinction, Presidential Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration (1996)


Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Virginia State Teaching Licensure:


Elementary Education Pre-K – Grade 6
Literacy Specialist
Administration & Supervision

“What stands out most besides her “Teaching IQ”, quest for learning, and ability to build strong relationships, is her energy level.” I work all over the
country and meet thousands of educators. Kara possesses a rare magical gift that is a mix of creativity, energy, and drive.”
~ Lori Oczkus – Literacy Consultant & Author

LEADERSHIP, COACHING & TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS & CONTRIBUTIONS

ü Fully implemented Canvas online for student and teacher learning.


ü Analyzes and disaggregates data to present to Governance Committee on progress of 653 students in K-8 building.
ü Analyzes student data to determine, plan, and implement professional development.
ü Analyzes data with teams and teachers to support design of interventions and extensions for students at all levels.
ü Designs, develops, and leads schoolwide professional development sessions throughout the year to enhance and
support teacher instruction and student learning.
ü Designs and implements formative and summative assessments at all grade levels aligned with essential knowledge
and skills.
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Teaching Highlights & Contributions continued…

ü Develop goals and standards for teachers and provided support during implementation.
ü Provide leadership for teachers and staff on instructional design and implementation.
ü Develop plans to enhance teaching and learning through changing procedures.
ü Develop virtual professional development training and education.
ü 2.6-million-dollar text book and ancillary material curriculum adoption for district wide literacy materials
ü Design and model lessons for teacher observation and learning.
ü Develop and promote curriculum areas in sync with current education trends.
ü Observing, reviewing and improving teaching process and practice.
ü Establish policies and practices for optimizing learning purpose and improving assessment results.
ü Support and guide teachers, students, and other staff towards improving education quality.
ü Providing fair and equal learning opportunities for teachers and staff.
ü Ensuring overall development of staff and students.
ü Observe classroom lessons and use of classroom tools.
ü Collaborate with teachers and staff to solve various issues.
ü Negotiated with vendors for educational materials to be used in the school.
ü Conducted parent meetings to support teachers and students.
ü Train new teachers to implement reading curriculum.
ü Created and delivered professional development on new curriculum.
ü Align assessments to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
ü Address teacher needs and model implementation of aligned curriculum.
ü Designed differentiated lesson plan formats for teachers to meet the needs of all learners.
ü Responsible for purchasing materials appropriate for all learners.
ü Responsible for aligning staff development plan to school plan and teacher and student goals.
ü Assisted principal and assistant principals in planning and facilitating differentiated professional development.
ü Assisted teachers in aligning curriculum to the Virginia Standards of Learning as well as cross walking grade levels.
ü Assisted teachers in analyzing student data to drive instruction and assessments.
ü Integrated Literacy across the curriculum.
ü Facilitated training for educators in developing literacy stations, creating assessments, improving reading instruction
through training on the Jan Richardson model, Reading and Writing Strategies, shared reading, independent reading,
and word study instruction.
ü Mentored new teachers and supervised, coached, and supported all teachers, providing guidance and council in
educational best practices, classroom management, effective planning development, and research based strategies.
ü Actively involved in school improvement initiatives through committee memberships that included Reading Lead
Teacher, Curriculum committee, Leadership committee, Language Arts committee, Positive Behavior and
Intervention Supports (PBIS), and School Improvement Teams.
ü Organized schoolwide reading initiatives, including Read Across America Day, Read with Nutzy (local baseball team
reading program), summer reading around the neighborhoods, to instill a love of reading and learning.
ü Designed, developed and planned a schoolwide professional development session with Lori Oczkus (Literacy
Consultant and Author), teachers were able to observe a lesson being taught to their students by Lori and then
debrief during a question and answer session immediately following, before trying to implement the Fab Four
strategies.
ü Awarded O.B. Gates Elementary School Teacher of the Year 2017 and Ettrick Elementary School Teacher of the
Year 2013.
ü Teacher of the Year finalist at First Presbyterian Christian Academy, 2006.

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

JEFFERSON HOUSTON SCHOOL (PreK-8), ALEXANDRIA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS–ALEXANDRIA, VA 2017 – PRESENT
INSTRUCTIONAL COACH
INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY BUILDING LEADER, LITERACY BUILDING LEADER, SCHOOL WIDE
LEADERSHIP TEAM, ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, MENTOR

O.B. GATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS–CHESTERFIELD, VA 2015 – 2017
LITERACY SPECIALIST
LITERACY SPECIALIST TEAM LEADER, LITERACY BUILDING LEADER, SCHOOL WIDE LEADERSHIP TEAM,
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, MENTOR
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ETTRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS – ETTRICK, VA 2011 – 2015
LITERACY SPECIALIST 2014 – 2015
LITERACY BUILDING LEADER, SCHOOLWIDE LEADERSHIP TEAM, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM, MENTOR
CLASSROOM TEACHER (GRADE 5) 2011 – 2014
LEAD TEACHER (GRADE 5), SCHOOLWIDE LEADERSHIP TEAM, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM, MENTOR

BRADLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS 2010 – 2011


CLASSROOM TEACHER (GRADE 5)
MENTOR, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM

CARTHAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, CARTHAGE, NY 2008 – 2010


SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
LITERACY SPECIALIST PRACTICUM TEACHER

WALTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, PRINCE GEORGE, VA 2006 – 2008
CLASSROOM TEACHER (GRADE 1),
MENTOR, SCHOOLWIDE LEADERSHIP TEAM

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTAN ACADEMY, HINESVILLE, GA 2001 – 2006


CLASSROOM TEACHER (GRADE 1)
BOOK FAIR COORDINATOR, TEAM LEADER, MENTOR, SCHOOLWIDE LEADERSHIP TEAM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Member


International Literacy Association Member
International Literacy Association Conference
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Literacy Teacher Leader (develops and leads professional development)
VISTA-Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement
Virginia State Reading Association Conference
Multi-Sensory Intelligence (MSI)
Virginia Area Science Teachers (VAST) Conference
ELEHSS-Elementary History and Social Sciences Institute

“Mrs. Collins has earned the trust and respect of not only the students, but the entire school community. It takes a “village to raise a child” and our entire
school is focused on literacy development due to Mrs. Collins’ belief that all children have the right to enjoy reading!”
~ Giuliana Brink – Principal – O.B. Gates Elementary School ~