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Kiersten Leigh Dowd dowdkl@dukes.jmu.edu, (703)-945-7183 Current Address: 21229 Greenspring Ct. Ashburn, VA 20147 EDUCATION Master of Arts in Teaching, May 2017, Cumulative GPA: 4.0 Professional Licensure Program: Elementary Education (PK-6) Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, May 2016, Cumulative GPA: 3.9 Concentration in Humanities and Mathematics; Minor in Elementary Education James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA EXPERIENCE IN
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  Kiersten Leigh Dowd  dowdkl@dukes.jmu.edu, (703)-945-7183 Current Address: 21229 Greenspring Ct.  Ashburn, VA 20147 EDUCATION Master of Arts in Teaching ,  May 2017  , Cumulative GPA: 4.0 Professional Licensure Program: Elementary Education (PK-6) Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies ,  May 2016 , Cumulative GPA: 3.9 Concentration in Humanities and Mathematics; Minor in Elementary Education James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA EXPERIENCE IN AN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM   Student Teaching, Grades 1 and 5,  Ashburn Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA  January 2017 to present    ã   Utilized differentiated instruction and flexible groupings to meet the needs of different children ã   Planned and taught collaboratively and independently ã    Applied knowledge and skills to support learners in achieving the appropriate Virginia Standard of Learning ã   Utilized technology as a tool for teaching and communication ã   Promoted and supported students’ academic and social development through the use of assessment and instructional practices ã   Engaged in positive communications with parents through various parent-teacher conferences Practicum Student, Grade 5,  Westwood Hills Elementary School ,  Waynesboro, VA  September to December 2016 ã   Spent two full days a week in a fifth grade classroom for 15 weeks ã   Conducted daily reading conferences with students and lead whole-group homework checks ã   Participated in parent-teacher conferences ã   Developed and implemented an arts integration lesson on the characteristics of the ocean floor and tableau ã   Developed and implemented a social studies lesson on Jamestown Practicum Student, Grade 3 , Wayland Elementary School, Rockingham County, VA  January to April 2016   ã   Monitored after-school, student-lead parent conferences ã   Conducted mathematical interviews with three students to analyze their understanding of different concepts in math and developed differentiated plans for assessment based off of these interviews   ã   Developed a S.M.A.R.T. goal with a focus on technology in the classroom   ã   Planned and implemented a problem-based math lesson on the measurement of length   ã   Planned and implemented a powerful social studies lesson on the ancient civilization of Mali   ã   Planned and implemented an interactive science lesson on renewable and non-renewable resources using the simulation method   ã    Administered a qualitative reading inventory and a spelling inventory with a student, then planned and implemented a small group literacy lesson plan based on my findings.   Practicum Student, Pre-K,  Waterman Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA  January to April 2015    ã   Completed a case study to track the social-emotional, cognitive, and motor development of a child in the classroom ã   Developed and implemented a read-aloud lesson and worked with a student one-on-one in a story retelling ã   Developed and implemented a food preparation lesson plan to reinforce the concept of patterns ã   Completed a literacy assessment with an emergent reader to assess reading development  CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Education in Costa Rica: Literacy and Curriculum in a Global Community  , Orotina, Costa Rica Study Abroad Participant ,  June to July 2016   ã   Took two courses in literacy and teaching ã   Immersed myself in an unfamiliar school system in which I did not speak the dominant language for two full weeks in the town of Orotina, Costa Rica ã   Formed positive relationships with the students and cooperated with the head teacher in a first grade classroom by assisting her with daily classroom routines ã   Immersed myself in an unfamiliar culture for one month ã   Lived and formed positive relationships with a native Costa Rican family JMU Study Abroad Semester in Florence Program , Florence, Italy   Study Abroad Participant ,  January to May 2014 ã    Visited Scuola Machiavelli Middle School every week for three and a half months, where I assisted the head teacher with English class by preparing and carrying out lesson plans ã    Visited Scuola Piano High School on two occasions, where I collaborated with another student to prepare and carry out lesson plans for English classes ã    Visited Scuola Anna Frank Middle School for one full school day, where I collaborated with another student to prepare and carry out lesson plans for three different grade levels in their English classes JMU Alternative Spring Break Program, Luperón, Dominican Republic  Volunteer ,  March 2015 ã    Worked with the Village Mountain Mission and collaborated with members of the community in Luperón to rebuild two houses with the purpose of providing adequate housing to those who were in need of it   ã   Interacted and formed positive relationships with the children and adults in the community and collaborated with the adults that chose to participate in building the houses   ã    Assisted in organizing a carnival for the town’s children by planning and facilitating one of the interactive activities    ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE Camp Leader with PRCS Summer Daze Camp , Ashburn, Virginia,  June 2015 to August 2015    Nanny  , Ashburn, Virginia,  June 2014 to August 2014  Lifeguard of Crystal Aquatics , Chantilly, Virginia ,  June 2013 to August 2013   OTHER SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/ACHIEVEMENTS Phi Sigma Pi National Co-ed Honors Fraternity, Member,  Fall 2014 to present   Spotswood Elementary School, Volunteer,    September 2015 to December 2015   Second Home Child Care Center, Volunteer,  January 2015 to April 2015   The Arc Op-Shop, Volunteer, 2012  James Madison University Dean’s List,  Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, and Spring 2013  James Madison University President’s List,  Fall 2014 to Spring 2016  
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