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Alexander W.

"If I were an antiquarian, I would have eyes only for old stuff, but I am a historian.
Therefore, I love life." Henri Pirenne

Profile​:​ A dedicated, passionate, and organized professional. A vivacious, well-spoken, and straight
forward educator. A human determined to better the world, create a stronger, more unified community,
and develop the potential of all of those around them. An artist with an ever expanding understanding of
the world. A historian evolving through the writings, recordings, and videos of those from the past.
Experience​:​ Four years as a substitute teacher in Ottawa County. Courses and practice in photography,
metal sculpture, and woodworking. Studied African-American history, Russian History and the history of
South-East Asia and China. Working with and for people of all backgrounds and professions. Managed a
small business for three years. Placing orders, data entry and editing, budgeting for a small business.
Website development. 20 years in music and music performance. 5 years of grounds and maintenance
work for Nelis’ Dutch Village theme park. Studied and executed a variety of different foods from different
cultures at Hope College.
Professional Goals​: ​Further my education and complete my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a
Masters of Fine Arts in three-dimensional art. Renew my teaching license and search for opportunities to
teach in higher education. Create a neighborhood and community garden co-op to provide food for local
community members. Open a metal-working studio for art and design.
● Central Michigan University
○ Majors: History, Social Studies, and Visual Arts Education
○ Minor: Middle Level Education
○ Graduated Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.62 May 4, 2013.
○ Highly qualified in History (Grades 5-12), Social Studies (Grades 5-12), Visual Arts
Education (K-12) and as a Middle Level Specialist.
● High School - West Ottawa High School
○ Graduated with Diploma in June, 2006
Substitute Teacher through EduStaff for Ottawa County, MI
-​ Sept. 2014 to current
- September to present, 2018: Long Term Substitute and Escape Liaison: West Ottawa Public Schools
● Full time substitute for West Ottawa High and Middle Schools. Work with students on
long-term suspensions at Escape Ministries.
● Work with OdysseyWare online education program maintaining grades and assignments.
-February to March, 2016: Long Term Substitute: Holland West Elementary
● Educating 5th grade students with a focus in Language Arts and Social Studies
-March to June, 2015: Long Term Substitute: Douglas Elementary
● Teaching Physical Education for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Cook at Phelps Hall for Hope College in Holland, MI
-​July 2016 to July 2018
● Serve the Hope College community by cooking meals for 1300 students daily.
● Use time management and organization skills to produce a self-developed ‘Chef’s Table’.
Maintenance at Nelis’ Dutch Village
-​March. 2014 to July 2016
● General building and ride maintenance, animal care, and in charge of lawn care and
● Woodworking, welding, and electrical experience.

10357 Paw Paw Drive, Zeeland, MI, 49464
T: (616) 302-7431
Alexander W. Ash
"If I were an antiquarian, I would have eyes only for old stuff, but I am a historian.
Therefore, I love life." Henri Pirenne

Camp Counselor at the YMCA Camp Pinewood, Twin Lakes, MI

-​ July 2014 to Aug 2014
● Served as a cabin counselor to groups of 4-10 campers. Served 4 different sessions over the 6
● Built communities, monitored group activities, participated in a variety of games and team building
Student Teacher at West Intermediate Middle School, Mount Pleasant, MI
- Spring 2013, 16 weeks
● Full time teacher in the area of American History
● Planned individual lessons, as well as full unit plans.
● Developed a community wide event, a Mom-to-Mom Sale, and raised $4,000 for cancer
Co-Manager and Test Administer at Drug and Alcohol Testing Centers Mt Pleasant, Mount Pleasant, MI
- February 2011 to September 2013
● Co-managed an office with 4 employees.
● Completed inventories lists and invoices for the Courts of Michigan..
● Mastered skills in data entry, communication, and ordering and billing for supplies.
● Central Michigan Marching Band ​F’07 – F’09; ​Central Middle Level at CMU ​F’09 – Sp’11;
CMU Residence Hall Assembly ​F’06-F’08; ​CMU National Residence Hall Honorary
Sp’07-F’08; ​University’s Dean’s List ​– 7 times; ​University’s President’s List ​Sp’07, Su’09,
Theta Pi Iota - ​a multicultural fraternity F’11 - Sp’13; ​National Society of Collegiate Scholars ​–
Inducted F’09, ​Sigma Alpha Pi – National Leadership Honor Society ​Sp’13.
● Data Entry, Office, Excel, Word and Google office apps Experience.
● Operate machinery to work with wood and welding and shaping metal. Hi lo driving experience.
● Chauffeur’s License
Mrs. Cherith Witters
-​Educator, Holland West Elementary School, 500 W 24th St, Holland, MI 49423. Email:​, Phone: (616) 405-2020
Mrs. Michaelle Gust
- Principal, Douglas Elementary School, 261 W. Randolph Street, Douglas, MI, 49406. Email:​ Phone: (269) 857-2139
Scott Meyaard
- ​Maintenance manager, Nelis’ Dutch Village, 12350 James Street, Holland, MI, 49424. Email:​. Phone: (616) 283-1251
Joe Nelis
- ​President, Nelis Inc., 12350 James Street, Holland, MI, 49424. Email: ​​ Phone:
(616) 836-4211
Tim Kragt
- ​PM Supervisor, Phelps Kitchen; Hope College, 150 E 10th Street, Holland, MI, 49423. Email:​. Phone (616) 745-8281

10357 Paw Paw Drive, Zeeland, MI, 49464
T: (616) 302-7431