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  • 1. Megan Bendixen Megan Bendixen8210 Oakwood Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322 mbendixen689@gmail.com 515.249.7314 (Cell)
  • 2. Megan BendixenEDUCATIONBachelor of Science in History Education, Minors in Spanish and Political Science Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU), Ames, IA Education Endorsements: American History, World History, and Political Science Graduation: December 2011, Magna Cum LaudeStudy Abroad: Valencia, Spain May – July 2009STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCEUrbandale Middle School – Urbandale, IA: October-December 2011 Cooperating Teacher: Shelly Vanderleest• Collaborated with cooperating teacher to co-teach a unit on pre-Revolutionary War colonial America• Employed Web 2.0 technology to facilitate active inquiry and peer review among students• Developed differentiated instruction to accommodate the learning needs of ESL students, low-level readers, and students with behavioral disordersMadrid Sr. High School – Madrid, Iowa: August-October 2011 Cooperating Teacher: James Mertz• Monitored and adjusted for student learning using frequent formative assessments• Actively participated in staff professional development seminars• Developed and taught a long-term series of lessons for U.S. Government that utilized differentiated instructional strategiesPRACTICUM EXPERIENCEWaukee Middle School – Waukee, IA: February-April, 2011 Cooperating Teacher: Jennifer Woodley• Assisted with planning and evaluating summative assessments• Worked with cooperating teacher and her team of teachers to develop and implement student behavior intervention strategiesAmes High School – Ames, IA: October-November 2010 Cooperating Teacher: Bob Uetz• Designed and taught two lessons with differentiated methods to accommodate varied intelligences and learning modalities• Utilized effective questioning in large group discussions to engage higher order thinking• Worked with cooperating teacher to evaluate formative and summative assessmentsCAREER EXPERIENCEFarm House Museum Undergraduate Assistant, University Museums, ISUAmes, IA; August 2009 – May 2011• Planned a special event celebrating the house’s 150th anniversary; included maintaining budgets, coordinating with suppliers, developing educational activities, and carrying out implementation• Continued my internship project by researching, writing, and designing three additional fact sheets• Developed museum materials to facilitate learning opportunities for visitors with varying needs, including translated fact sheets and a photo book featuring non-handicap-accessible rooms• Curated and installed a semi-permanent exhibit on legislation related to the Farm House’s historyHistorical Interpreter Staff, Living History Farms
  • 3. Megan BendixenUrbandale, IA; Summers 2009 – 2011• Involved museum visitors in recreating 19th century activities to provide differentiated, hands-on learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults• Provided educational tours for groups of all ages, using varied informational styles to match the age level and prior knowledge of every groupLead Color Guard Coach, Johnston High School Marching BandJohnston, IA, June 2009 – October 2010• Taught color guard techniques, marching, and choreography to a group of 12-14 high school students at daily band practices and weekly color guard sectionals• Collaborated daily with a co-coach, a choreographer, student leaders, and the band director staff• Developed a budget and coordinated purchasing for performance uniforms and equipmentTutor, Academic Success Center, ISUAmes, IA; January 2009 – December 2010• Assisted eight ISU students in achieving their academic goals by offering guidance and expertise in three subject areas• Promoted lifelong learning among my tutoring students by teaching positive academic skills, including research and writing skills, study skills, and effective goal-settingEducation Intern, University Museums, ISUAmes, IA; January – May 2009• Researched, wrote, and designed four original fact sheets about the Farm House Museum, which remain on display to provide educational materials for all museum visitors• Assisted with planning a new, annual museum event by generating donations, writing event materials, and helping with coordination on the day of the eventHistorical Interpreter Intern, Living History FarmsUrbandale, IA; May – August 2008• Provided age-appropriate, educational interpretation of skills and historical facts at three different museum sites for general visitors and tour groups of all ages• Collaborated with two other interpreter interns on an in-depth, original research project about natural and economic disasters in Iowa during the late 19th centuryVOLUNTEER EXPERIENCECrisis Line/Shelter Advocacy Volunteer, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)Ames, IA; Feb 2010 – December 2011• Provided counseling, advocacy, and referrals to survivors of domestic and sexual violence over a 24- hour crisis phone line• Provided positive interaction and advocacy to children who survived domestic and sexual violence situations and were living in the shelter• Taught knitting classes to adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence to provide them a hobby, a tangible skill, and a positive coping mechanismAWARDS AND HONORS• Dean’s List; 9 semesters, 2007-2011 • University Honors Program; 6 semesters, 2007-2010• LAS Study Abroad Scholarship, 2009 • Academic Recognition Award; 8 semesters, 2007-2011• Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society, Spring 2011 – Present
  • 4. Megan BendixenREFERENCES James Mertz, Cooperating Teacher, Madrid Sr. High School Madrid, IA 515-986-4932 (home) 515-238-5947 (cell) jmertz@madrid.k12.ia.us Bob Uetz, Cooperating Teacher, Ames High School Ames, IA 515-817-0600 ext. 2129 (work) buetz@ames.k12.ia.us Patrick J. Kearney, Employer, Johnston High School Johnston, IA 515-278-0449 (work) pkearney@johnston.k12.ia.us Nancy Girard, Employer and Supervisor, University Museums Ames, IA 515-294-3342 (work) 515-450-8309 (cell) nancyg@iastate.edu Monica Goedken-Abramowitz, Volunteer Program Coordinator, ACCESS Ames, IA 515-292-0500 (work) volunteer@assaultcarecenter.org For more information on my professional experiences, please visit the following websites. Online portfolio: sites.google.com/site/mmbendixen LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/meganbendixen