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Mary W. Vause

mary_vause@yahoo.com; (757) 947-5814

EDUCATION


College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA, May 2009
M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary Education: GPA 4.0/4.0

Honors:
candidate for Meritorious New Teacher designation

University
of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, May 2005
B.A. in English Language and Literature: GPA 3.97/4.0
B.A. in Studies in Women and Gender: GPA 4.0/4.0
minor in Spanish; coursework completed for minors in biology and photography; overall GPA 3.84

Honors:
National Merit Scholar, for scoring in top 0.6% nationwide on the PSAT; Echols Scholar;
Dean's List all semesters; Intermediate Honors; Graduated with Honors



EXPERIENCE

Student teacher Newport News, VA, 2008/2009 school year

Greenwood Elementary School: public school for grades K-5 with targeted Title I assistance

· Planned and taught original lessons in core subject areas to students in kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 4
· Observed instruction across grade levels in the subject areas of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, physical education, and art
· Shadowed a veteran classroom teacher in a kindergarten/first-grade multiage classroom, developing skills in differentiation, classroom organization, and behavior management
· Received evaluations of "Exceeds Expectations" (the highest possible rating) from both my university supervisor and my cooperating teacher

Paraeducator
Silver Spring, MD, and Portsmouth, VA, December 2006 – June 2008
New Hampshire Estates Elementary: Title I primary school for grades PreK-2 (2006/2007 school year)
Park View Elementary: Title I public Montessori school for grades PreK-6 (2008/2009 school year)

· Worked as paraeducator in first- and second-grade classrooms
· Oversaw targeted math and literacy practice with struggling students one-on-one and in small groups
· Assisted all students across the subject areas; frequently taught lessons for the teachers
· Acted as substitute teacher whenever teachers were absent or busy administering standardized tests
· Helped oversee students during lunch and recess

SAT Teacher/Tutor
Charlottesville, VA, and Vienna, VA, 2004 2007
Kaplan Test Prep

· Completed rigorous application process and teacher development program
· Taught and tutored SAT reading comprehension, mathematics, and writing to high schoolers
· Spent many out-of-class hours preparing customized lesson plans and reporting on students’ progress
· Delivered parent orientations and responded to parents’ questions and concerns
· Also worked as a subject area tutor for Kaplan, developing and implementing my own curriculum in subjects like Algebra II and British literature

Community reporter
Potomac, MD June – November 2006, The Potomac Almanac: Weekly newspaper with circulation of about 30,000
· Wrote 4-8 in-depth news and feature stories with multiple sources each week, and took photographs
· Covered all aspects of Potomac, including education, politics, government, crime and business
· Wrote a feature article on every public school in the newspaper’s coverage area after interviewing all principals and PTA presidents; visited classrooms at each school to take photographs for the articles

Education reporter
Williamsburg, VA, June 2005 – June 2006
The Virginia Gazette:
Semi-weekly newspaper with circulation of 20,000
· Wrote 6-12 news articles each week about K-12 education in Williamsburg, James City County and York County, as well as about local colleges, including the College of William & Mary
· Awarded “Employee of the Month” twice

Day-camp counselor
Williamsburg, VA, Summer 2003
James City County Parks and Recreation

· One of six full-time counselors supervising over 75 middle schoolers
· Helped organize and facilitate athletic activities, crafts, and field trips
· Mediated conflicts and responded to parents’ concerns