Melissa Behrendt

4229 Dillon Road, Flushing, MI 48433 (810) 449-9741, melissabehrendt@gmail.com

Objective
Seeking a teaching position with additional opportunities for extra-curricular involvement

Education and Certification
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, May 2012 Undergraduate Education GPA: 3.4 Earned University Honors Fall 2010, Winter 2011, and Fall 2011 Michigan Provisional Elementary Certificate, expected May 2012 Endorsements in Social Studies and Integrated Science

Teaching Experiences
E.nopi Learning Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan Teacher, June 2011-present  Teaching K-7th grade students math, reading, and writing content at a level that fits the individual needs of each student  Monitoring progress and working with students and parents to set mutual objectives and implement specific strategies that students can use to reach them  Working with learning disabled and gifted students weekly Greenhouse Montessori School, Ann Arbor, Michigan Assistant Teacher, May 2012-present  Working in the toddler classroom in the morning and the pre-primary classroom in the afternoon with students ages 2-6  Leading the after-school child care program and planning creative activities for students Erickson Elementary, Ypsilanti, Michigan 4th Grade Student Teacher, September 2011-April 2012  Cooperatively and independently adapted, developed, and taught numerous lessons using Houghton Mifflin reading materials, Envision math curriculum, and Battle Creek science curriculum  Designed and implemented an original science unit on matter with emphasis on scientific processes such as observation and data collection  Differentiated and adapted lessons and assessments to fit the needs of specific students and attended Individualized Education Plan sessions with students, parents, and other teachers in the building  Helped build a sense of classroom community by developing a class reading tree, a Friday good-note-home system, and friendly letters to the teacher activities Allen Elementary, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1st and 4th Pre-Student Teacher, September 2010-April 2011  Led whole and small group lessons using the Fountas & Pinnell literacy framework and Everyday Math curriculum materials in culturally diverse classrooms  Worked the after-school tutoring program twice weekly with students of all ranges  Gained experience working one-on-one with second language learners

Lakewood Elementary, Ann Arbor, Michigan Mathematics Tutor, February 2011-May 2011  Providing extra math support twice weekly to students in a fourth grade classroom using the Everyday Math curriculum and other outside resources  Developed and taught original mini-lessons to small groups to help students achieve the learning goals of the classroom Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan Program Coordinator, January 2011-May 2011  Taught and facilitated science-based workshops to boy and girl scout camp-ins  Worked with elementary aged children to foster a greater interest in science processes

Other Relevant Experiences
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, Ann Arbor, Michigan Camp Assistant, January 2012  Assisted camp counselors with implementing educational activities to elementary aged students, while incorporating literacy with the arts to foster a greater interest in writing Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Brownie Troop Leader, September 2010-May 2011  Planned and led monthly meetings which included creative activities for girls that helped build a sense of empowerment and community 826michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Workshop Leader, October 2010-December 2010  Volunteered weekly in low-income housing to promote creative writing skills to children by creating my own lesson plans and gathering materials for students each week

Professional Development & Activities
Kappa Delta Pi: September 2010-present Member of the honor society in education at the University of Michigan Technology in the Classroom Seminars: Fall 2010-Winter 2011 Learned various methods of how to integrate and use technology to enhance the classroom Teaching Children with Exceptionalities Seminars: Fall 2010-Winter 2011 Learned strategies for general education teachers to identify and work with special needs students Common Core Standards Professional Development Seminar: April 2012 Learned the structure of the standards as well as ways to make sure students are meeting them Co-Teaching Professional Development Seminar: January 2012 Learned various strategies, ideas, and structures for team teaching in the elementary classroom The Detroit Partnership: September 2009-February 2010 Member at the University of Michigan and tutor at Murphy Elementary in Detroit, MI Spanish Successfully completed four semesters of college Spanish CPR/First-Aid Fully certified in CPR and first-aid, March 2012