Marcy Gray

Current location: Bloomington, IL

Phone Number: 555-555-5555

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About Me

Secondary Spanish Student Teacher and K-12 Spanish Education Major, with over 4 years of experience working with young people through volunteerism as well as classroom observations and practicum. Highly compassionate, strong organizational skills, patient, and ability to be work well and communicate effectively with children, parents, colleagues, and supervisors. Excited to take on my first full-time teaching experience as a High School Spanish Teacher and student advocate.

Education

B.A. IN K-12 SPANISH EDUCATION | Illinois Wesleyan University | August 2015 - Present

  • Holding an exceptionally high academic standing (3.9 / 4 GPA).
  • Awarded Dean's List 6 consecutive semesters.
  • On track to graduate with Summa Cum Laude highest honors.
  • Accepted into Pi Lambda Theta, one of the nation's most prestigious education honor societies.

Teaching Experience

STUDENT TEACHER | Bloomington High School | August 2018 - Present

I am currently teaching six beginning to advanced secondary Spanish courses, with up to 25 students per class. I am fulfilling my Student Teaching requirements and gaining hands-on experience that I will be able to apply in my future career as a full-time Spanish Teacher.

  • Utilize a groundbreaking immersive foreign language teaching method, TPRS, 100% of the time.
  • Self-design 90% of lesson plans, content, and assessments.
  • Transition to full-time teacher with assistance from supporting teacher.
  • Learn effective styles of classroom management via effective engagement strategies and assigning student jobs.
  • Create a positive learning environment through kindness, patience, and mutual respect.
  • Cultivate professional relationships with faculty, students, and parents.
  • Attended the 2018 National TPRS Conference along with my supporting teacher, in order to prepare for my student teaching.


TEACHING ASSISTANT | IWU Educational Studies Department | January 2018 - May 2018

I worked three days a week observing two of Professor Edmonson's EDUC 202 courses, lasting a total of 9 hours per week. I also provided tutoring hours for the course's students two days a week, totaling 2 hours each session. Other responsibilities included:

  • Collaborating on planning & implementation of EDUC 202 courses 
  • Conducting class observations twice a week
  • Providing tutoring sessions to EDUC 202 students individually & in groups
  • Grading 80% of assignments & tests
  • Presenting 10% of course content


TEACHING OBSERVATIONS & PRACTICUM | Multiple Elementary & High School Settings | January 2015 - May 2018

As an Educational Studies major in Special Content (Spanish), I completed over 170 hours of service, observation, and practicum in social service agencies, elementary schools and high schools, gaining firsthand experience in diverse educational settings.

  • Completed 20 hours of service (homework help & leading after-school activities & games) at a local social service agency (UNITY Community Center).
  • Observed a 4th grade classroom and a kindergarten classroom for a total of 25 hours, one hour a week for a semester.
  • Completed 25 hours of fieldwork conducting observations and teaching in a secondary Spanish classroom, one hour a week for a semester.
  • Completed 100 hours of practicum observations and teaching in an elementary ELL classroom, twice a week for 4 hours each for a semester.

Languages

Spanish - Full Professional

English - Native or Bilingual

Hard Skills

98%

Lesson Planning

93%

Classroom Management

98%

Formative & Summative Assessment

95%

TPRS Foreign Language Teaching Method

95%

Educational Technology

97%

SMART Board Technologies

99%

Microsoft (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

Soft Skills

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Patience
  • Team building
  • Leadership
  • Student advocacy
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Compassion & Empathy

Volunteer Experience

09/2015 - 05/2018

YOUTH MENTOR

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. I began working with my Little when they were a sophomore in high school and successfully mentored them up until they graduated high school.


  • Built and maintained a consistent, dependable, and positive influence as a Mentor in the site-based mentoring program.
  • Visited my Little in the student's school and after school program 1 hour per week for 3 academic years.
  • Provided guidance, encouragement, and motivation as a constructive and optimistic role model.
  • Maintained a flexible approach to selecting activities, based on the interests of my Little and the goals of the match relationship.
  • Discussed family, academics, and everyday life with compassion, while simultaneously modeling appropriate behaviors.
  • My greatest achievement was seeing my Little graduate and go on to study at a local college.

01/2015 - 05/2015

AFTER-SCHOOL VOLUNTEER

UNITY Community Center

The UNITY Community Center provides an after-school program for young people in the Bloomington area. I volunteered at the center twice a week for two hours each day, for the duration of one academic semester.


  • Assisted students with homework, ranging from elementary to high school levels.
  • Utilized communication skills to lead sports-related and educational games with up to 15 children at a time.
  • Build positive relationships with youth members, while increasing my emotional intelligence and empathy.

Awards & Honors

Prospective Educator Scholarship | Pi Lambda Theta | May 2018


I was awarded the Prospective Educator Scholarship and accepted into a division of Phi Delta Kappa International, known as Pi Lambda Theta, a prestigious honor society serving to recognize outstanding preservice and practicing educators. Requirements include pursuing a career in education and have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Only 35 other students in the entire nation were awarded this scholarship in 2018.

References

Kristen Robinson, Supporting Student Teaching Instructor

I had the pleaser of being the Supporting Student Teaching Instructor, and I can gladly say that this is an amazing educator. She had the courage to take on teaching a new method of foreign language teaching and went out of her way to attend the NTPRS conference, in order to be effectively prepared for her Student Teaching. Her lessons are always fun, dynamic, and informative. A trustworthy and highly compassionate person, she is truly an exceptional student advocate. Her good energy and charisma were things that her students and fellow teachers always appreciate. She's a great person and an amazing teacher and anyone would be lucky to have her as apart of their team.

Bloomington High School

k.robinson@BHS.edu

Joe Edmonson, Head of Education

...Her practicum and Student Teaching evaluations, from cooperating teachers and supervisors alike, were outstanding - the best in the department! She has the qualities that exemplify what is needed in a great teacher: character, tenacity, dedication and positive attitude. She has demonstrated a commitment to teaching, and she has her heart set on making a difference in the lives of children. I give her my highest recommendation.

Illinois Wesleyan University

j.edmonson@IWU.edu