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  • 1. "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."-John F. Kennedy
    Cassandra Rusie
  • 2. Through my numerous experiences in the classroom, I have developed a philosophy incorporating education and experience. I believe that if students enjoy being in the classroom, then their possibilities for success are endless. I also believe, as a teacher, I must be nurturing, understanding, and motivational in the classroom to obtain optimum results.
    Please explore my portfolio and look at some of the wonderful experiences I have had in the classroom. I am eager to discuss everything I have discovered about myself and my teaching style.
    Welcome to my portfolio!
  • 3. About Me
    I am a Wayne State University graduate
    I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with grades 6-12 English and History Endorsements
    I have had the privilege to teach in a variety of settings.
    Middle and high school levels
    School year and summer school
    Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties
    Charter, public, and private schools
    English, history, and yearbook classes
    I am currently an Eastern Michigan University graduate student
    I am expected to complete my Master of Arts degree in K-12 Educational Leadership in August 2011.
  • 4. Experiences
  • 5. Teaching Experience
    I have had three specific experiences so far in my career.
    University Preparatory Academy, Detroit, MI
    CranbrookKingswood Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Horizons-Upward Bound program
    East Detroit Public Schools, Eastpointe, MI
  • 6. University Preparatory Academy
    English Language Arts Advisor, 2009-2010
    Taught 9th grade Language Arts, History of Technology, and Advisory, a career and test taking skill course.
    Selected as 9th grade English Language Arts lead teacher
    Responsible for the academic, mental, and social development of 17 students
    Coordinated their education and communicated with their parents regularly
    Initiated Student Study Team (SST) process for struggling students
    Used Positive Behavior Support (PBS) to reinforce desired conduct
    Arranged individualized, 10 week internships for each student with a mentor from the Metro Detroit area.
  • 7. University Preparatory Academy
    Served as part of several district groups
    Digital Academy technology team
    Culture Committee
    Curriculum team
    Offered ELA and ACT tutoring before and after school
    Proctored standardized testing
    Participated in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with 7 other 9th grade educators
    The group used benchmarking to determine needs and develop a plan for developing college readiness
    Link to University Preparatory Academy website
  • 8. University Prep - Dateline NBC
    University Preparatory Academy was featured on the national news program, “Dateline NBC” as part of their “What Works” segment. The school was highlighted for its high achievement and student success rate. My students, my classroom, and my teaching are featured prominently in the segment.
    Please click image above to view segment.
  • 9. University Prep – Community Outreach
    One of the key components of University Prep’s “Big Picture” model is the Learning Through Internship (LTI) program.
    Each teacher assists each student in securing a mentor from a job field he or she is interested in.
    Every one of my 17 students had an internship, a rare feat at University Prep.
    I planned and organized a large group outing to see how a city operates. See pictures from that LTI experience HERE.
  • 10. University Prep – ELA Team Lead
    My administrator selected me to serve as team lead
    I was put in charge of coordinating those on my team and compiling testing data.
    During the year, I facilitated meetings relating to grade wide benchmark testing.
    Early planning meeting notes for benchmarking test
    Meeting minutes from testing planning session
    Results of 9th grade reading benchmarking testing
  • 11. University Prep – Curriculum Team
    As part of University Prep’s Curriculum Team, I evaluated the current 9th grade ELA curriculum, revised it to align with state standards, and created a collection of support documents and assessments for the future of the department.
    9th Grade ELA Units 1, 2, 3, 4
    Sample syllabus
    To Kill A Mockingbird review PowerPoint
    Final exam
    Invitation to join Curriculum Team
  • 12. Horizons-Upward Bound
    Student Teacher, 2008
    Chosen as one of two English Language Arts interns for the summer of 2008
    Planned curriculum for 10th grade African American Literature course
    Taught gifted Detroit Public School students
    Acted as mentor and counselor for 45 students
    Conducted after hours tutoring twice per week
    Participated in the planning and execution of several extracurricular events, including career night, talent show, college visits, and end of term award ceremony
  • 13. Horizons-Upward Bound
    English Instructor, 2008-2009
    Hired as contract teacher after successful completion of internship.
    Only intern retained from summer session
    Continued work with 45 10th grade students, mentoring them in academic and social issues.
    Planned class field trip with mentor teacher’s class to the Museum of African American History
    Participated in graduation ceremonies
    Conducted interviews with prospective students for the program
    Link to Horizons-Upward Bound website
  • 14. HUB – Drama Unit
    I devoted two of the six weeks in the term to a drama unit. Students acted out August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.
    Unit Plan
    Guided Reading Questions
    Act Quiz
  • 15. HUB – Theme Paper
    Each student in the program was responsible for completing a project about the theme of the term.
    The theme this term was the HUB Code of Honor that all students are expected to follow
    Project rubric
    Project guidelines
    Example of completed project
  • 16. HUB – Teacher of the Summer
    At the end of my first term with Horizons-Upward Bound, I earned the “Teacher of the Summer” award, due to my hard work and dedication to my students.
  • 17. East Detroit Public Schools
    Student Teacher, 2007
    Student taught under an 8th grade Language Arts teacher
    Prepared and executed lessons on The Outsiders
    Mentored students in writing essays for statewide contest; one student became a finalist
    Substitute Teacher, 2007-2009
    Taught all grade levels in all subjects at all 9 district schools
    Served as long term substitute in 8th grade US History class.
  • 18. East Detroit Public Schools
    English and Yearbook teacher, 2009
    Took over from outgoing teacher mid-year
    Taught 12th grade Applied Writing, 11th grade Composition, 10th grade Literature, and 10th-12th grade Yearbook
    Oversaw final production and sales and distribution of yearbook
    Mentored seniors in preparation of career portfolio project, a requirement for graduation
    Assisted in graduation ceremony
    Link to East Detroit Public Schools website
  • 19. Philosophy of education
  • 20. Teaching and Learning Statement
    Students need to learn and experience.
    Experience and education need each other to thrive.
    Students take accountability for their education.
    It is my role as teacher to guide students as they take an active role in their learning.
    I will engage my students in discussion and encourage them to raise questions.
    I believe that students will benefit from a variety of assessments.
    These include written, oral, presentation, and formal testing, among others.
    Link to Full Teaching and Learning statement
  • 21. Beliefs into Action
    I will create an environment where students can question their knowledge and be active participants in their education.
    A student-centered classroom fosters the development of high-level intellectual skills.
    I believe that learning should be fun.
    Students should enjoy their lessons and want to learn. Learning to love to learn is the key to students’ success.
    I am the moderator of interactive lessons where students can make choices about how to complete their assignments.
    This creates accountability and the life skill of analyzing actions and consequences.
    I encourage communication among students.
    Learning is not a solitary activity and the various talents, and experiences of each student are the best educational tools a teacher can have.
    I think that students learn best when they can relate their lives to the lesson.
    This includes creating cross-curricular connections between subjects to create a sense of fluidity in their education. Our brains do not contain separate, divided portions, so education should not be either.
  • 22. Beliefs into Action
    I set high standards for academic achievement and personal conduct.
    If students have attainable goals to aspire to, then they will work hard to accomplish them. However, if standards are impossible, students will be discouraged and give up.
    I continuously evolve my teaching methods in order to enhance the quality of education I provide my students.
    A good teacher is a lifelong learner.
    I incorporate technology in the classroom.
    It is vital for me to keep up with the resources my students use daily. Using these tools will help to interest my students of the technology generation with conventional lessons.
    I take an interest into my students’ personal lives.
    Life does not stop when they enter the classroom and the baggage they bring with them is crucial to the success or failure of their academic performance.
    Above all else, I believe in teaching children.
    No matter what subject matter or grade level, I believe that when children are the focus, it is impossible to fail.
    Link to Beliefs into Action statements
  • 23. Sample Lesson Plan
    This lesson plan features one of my favorite strategies for learning vocabulary, linking tables.
    The lesson is centered around the text, “Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allen Poe.
    Lesson Plan
    Linking tables explanation
    Example overhead
    Student handout
    Word to know
    Reminding
    word
    Reminding story
    Reminding picture
    Definition
  • 24. Credentials
  • 25. Credentials
    Resume
    Teaching certificate
    Letters of recommendation
    References
    Transcript from Wayne State University
    Transcript from Eastern Michigan University
  • 26. If you have any questions, please contact me at:
    586-945-8098 or CassandraRusie@aol.com
    Thank you for viewing my portfolio!