Improving Proficiency • Creating Cultural Awareness • Integrating Technology

117 Warden Avenue, Shavertown PA 18708 (570) 574-7844
robin.evans@tasd.net

Robin Evans

…dedicated to guiding students toward proficiency while inspiring an insatiable passion for Hispanic culture and grammatical accuracy
Spanish instructor with 31 years experience and a Master’s Degree teaching a communicative approach to Spanish with an integration of grammar and culture. Utilization of ACTFL Standards coupled with a variety of instructional and technological aids helps to bring students to a high level of proficiency. SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS • An enthusiastic, creative, and passionate Spanish educator, mentor and advisor who believes that students of all ages can learn Spanish and will be successful in a learning environment that is stimulating, technologically advanced, non-threatening, and appropriate to their unique talents, needs, and abilities. • Specializations include: 32 years of teaching Spanish, Foreign Language Department Chairperson, AP Accredited Spanish Teacher – AP Central, Dual Certification Spanish I and II Teacher, ESL certified, Creator of 8th grade Spanish I Program, various years of interpretation and translation services including the Federal Government, AP Reader of AP Spanish Language Exam, Instructor of Spanish at Penn State University. • Instructional methodologies – Use a communicative approach combined with grammatical instruction and culture to create a well rounded knowledge of Spanish. Use modern technological resources to enhance curricula with a focus on the ACTFL Standards for the teaching of Spanish: Communication, Connections, Community, Culture and Conversation. • Communication among Co-workers – Communication between other Spanish teachers is necessary to maintain consistency between the levels of Spanish, and to maintain the focus on building proficiency. • Travel involvement – Trips to museums, theatres and restaurants expose students to the cultural component of language learning. Travel abroad with students to various Hispanic countries is crucial for emersion strategies and culture awareness: Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain. • Daily conversation in the target language – The end result of language learning is for communication; to guide students past the threshold of non-fluency to fluency while maintaining high grammatical accuracy in Spanish.

EXPERIENCED SPANISH EDUCATOR

HIGHLIGHTED PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
TUNKHANNOCK HIGH SCHOOL, Tunkhannock, PA 1982 - Present September

Robin Evans Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency

Full Time High School Spanish Teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson • Teach Spanish I, II, Honors III, Honors IV, and AP Spanish for grades 9-12. • Utilize multiple assessments in compliance with district and state requirements to inform instruction. • Use innovative methods and technology to produce effective learning experiences including cooperative learning, thematic instruction and differentiation. • Use a variety of methods to teach Spanish to Students with special needs with IEPs.
Highlighted Achievements


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Teach an accredited AP Spanish Program using an AP Central approved syllabus as well as become trained as a certified AP Spanish teacher from Goucher College. Worked as an AP evaluator of the AP Spanish Language Exam in Cincinnati, Ohio. Provide instructional and administration leadership for the new-teacher mentoring program as often as the need arises. Implemented an additional year of Spanish as a pre-requisite to AP Spanish which gives students the opportunity to take 5 years of Spanish. Enforced the “No Child Left Behind” Act through supplemental educational services. Implemented the 8th grade Spanish Program which allows students to complete 5 years of Spanish upon graduation. Offer Honors Spanish III and Honors Spanish IV as Dual Certification Courses whereby successful completion allows students college credit. Travel with students to Hispanic countries during the summer in order to fulfill the ACTFL Culture Standard and give students cultural awareness. • Develop daily lesson plans and testing materials; encourage the use of technology to enhance instruction to other department members, infusing the use the latest technology to conduct research and prepare reports, including: the Internet, Italki.com, department websites, PowerPoint presentation software, on-line library research, Skype, Promethium Board, listening comprehension software, and videos. • Assisted with the Ski Club and chaperoned weekly trips to Elk Mountain as well as weeklong vacation excursions. • Worked as cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers of Spanish during my career. June 2010 –

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, Lehman, PA Present Spanish Teacher • Instruct Spanish III classes.

MONTROSE HIGH SCHOOL, Montrose, PA September 1981 – June 1982 Spanish Teacher – Long Term Substitute Position • Instructed Spanish I, II, III, and IV classes. • Taught a combined class of Spanish III and Spanish IV and prepared lesson plans to sufficiently address both levels in one class.

Robin Evans Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency

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Consulted with co-workers regarding learning techniques, such as active learning, total activity approach, total physical response and suggestopedia. Prepared student voice recordings and provide follow-up to improve Spanish proficiency. Participated in the Ski Club and chaperoned the weekly ski trips to Elk Mountain.

WILLIAMS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, Tower City, PA September 1979 – June 1981 Full Time Spanish Teacher • Instructed Spanish I, II, III, and IV classes. • Taught a combined class of Spanish III and Spanish IV and prepared lesson plans to sufficiently address both levels in one class. • Served as advisor for the Spanish Club and led them on various cultural field trips and participated in many Spanish related activities. • Acted as co-advisor of the drama club performances and worked with students during rehearsals and try-outs. • Implemented various classroom management techniques for maintaining student attention, involvement and discipline. • Partnered with parents in students’ success; provided feedback on students’ progress and to discuss areas needing improvement and additional work.

US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA May 1980 – October 1980 Interpreter and Translator • Served as an active Spanish translator and interpreter during the Haitian-Cuban Resettlement Program aiding the military in processing the Cuban Refugees into the Camp. • Worked with Health and Human Services assisting the radiologists with the tuberculosis screenings as well as the medics at the Fort Medical Facility. • Aided in the job of locating refugees’ family members in various locations in the US and within the Fort.

Other Interpreting and Translating Experience
Wyoming County Court House, PA needed 1982 – 2008 Wyoming County Jail, PA – 2008 Wyoming County Magistrate needed 1982 - 2008 Women Resource Center, PA needed 1982 - 2008 Tunkhannock Area School District, PA 2008 Sire Power Inc. 1982 Court Interpreter Interpreter Interpreter Interpreter Interpreter Interpreter As As needed 1982 As As

Robin Evans Dedicated to guiding students towards Spanish proficiency

EDUCATION
ESL Certification, Wilkes University, PA - 2011 M.S., – Educational Development and Strategies, Wilkes University, PA - 2010 Spanish AP Certification – Goucher College, MD - 2008 M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT – 1987 B.S., Secondary Education – Spanish, East Stroudsburg University, PA – 1978 Study Abroad Program - University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain – Summer 1977 Liberal Arts Study - Johnson State College – Johnson, VT – 1973 – 1975 High School Diploma - Tunkhannock High School – Tunkhannock PA – 1973

ASSOCIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
Tunkhannock Area Education Association Pennsylvania State Education Association National Education Association American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association AP Certified Spanish Teacher Who’s Who Among High School Teachers Dual Certification Spanish Teacher Blended Schools Trained Teacher ESL Certification

HISPANIC TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Mexico – Mexico City, Guadalajara, Taxco, Cozumel, Cancún, Acapulco, Cuernavaca Costa Rica – San José, Guanacaste, Arenal, Tortuguero Spain – Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Toledo, Barcelona, Segovia

REFERENCES
Mr. Greg Ellsworth Principal Tunkhannock High School School District 120 West Tioga St. Avenue Tunkhannock, PA 18657 18657 570-836-3111 3111 greg.ellsworth@tasd.net michael.healey@tasd.net Dr. Ann Way Assistant Superintendent Tunkhannock School District 41 Philadelphia Avenue Tunkhannock, PA 18657 570-836-3111 ann.way@tasd.net Mr. Michael Healey Superintendent Tunkhannock 41 Philadelphia Tunkhannock, PA 570-836-

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