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  • 1. Courtney Lynn Huff6540 Brook Trout Lane 269-762-2183Spruce, MI 48762 shootz98@hotmail.com Objective: To become an instructional leader who will work together with the community to create a positive environment in which all students can learn at their fullest potential.Education:September 2009 - Present – Grand Valley State University – Education Specialist degree  Working toward an Educational Leadership degree. Expected graduation date is April 2011January 2003 – April 2007 – Western Michigan University – Graduate Program  Earned a Master’s degree certified as a Reading Specialist/Literacy CoachAugust 1999-April 2002 – Western Michigan University-Undergraduate Degree  Earned a bachelor’s degree in the elementary education field  Certified K-5 all subjects, K-8 (self-contained), 6-8 Science and English, and ZA endorsed for Early Childhood EducationAugust 1997-April 1999 – Alpena Community College  Worked toward bachelor’s degreeProfessional Experience:Literacy Consultant at Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service Distrtict fromAugust 2008-present  Research and provide teacher training on best practices in literacy instruction o Response to Intervention o DIBELS o Comprehension strategies o Writing and reading workshop approaches o Literacy work stations and small group instruction o Reading assessments: universal screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring  Lead and support the following initiatives: o Early intervening services (trained teacher assistants to help K-3 teachers develop a framework for Response to Intervention) o MIBLSI (external reading coach for assigned schools) o Data Coach for assigned school (focus on data warehousing, using data to improve instruction, school improvement planning) o Training teachers to be literacy leaders in grades K-8 using Developmental Reading Assessments and explicit comprehension strategies o Active member of the District Improvement Team (using the Strategic Plan as a guideline for success) o Helped develop a Community Forum project to get business and organizational leaders more actively involved in student achievement
  • 2. Fourth Grade Teacher at Oscoda Area Schools in Oscoda, MI from November 2007-August2008  Entered into a classroom mid-year in need of interventions in both reading and behavior  Developed a positive relationship quickly with students, parents, and staff  Improved reading scores and behavior referrals dropped significantly as the year progressedFourth Grade Teacher/Instructional Specialist at Later Elementary School in Mattawan, MIfrom July 2006-November 2007  Taught all key subject areas as well as implement a differentiated instruction style approach into daily classroom routines  Facilitated universal screening of all 3-5 grade students, reviewed results, developed an intervention schedule, provided direct, explicit instruction to students in need  Positively interact with fellow staff members to pursue and engage best teaching practices  Support and work on committees that directly impact students and their achievements o Progress Report Committee o Technology (TAG) Committee o Destination Imagination Coordinator and AppraiserFourth Grade Teacher at Central Elementary in Parchment, MI from August 2002-July 2006  Effectively taught all subject areas with enthusiasm and empowerment  Actively involved in implementing programs and participating on committees o Destination Imagination Coordinator and Coach (implemented) o Active member of Parchment Central Parent/Teacher Association o Member of the MiBLSi (Michigan’s Behavior and Learning Support Initiative) Team o Summer Curriculum Committee (worked to align Parchment outcomes to Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations)Awards and Recognition of Teaching:  Semi-Finalist for 2006 Michigan Teacher of the Year  Destination Imagination – Spirit of DI Award and coached two state level finalist teams  Positive feedback from parents, students, teachers, and administrators  2006 Excellence in Education Grant Recipient to attend a National Conference on Differentiated InstructionCommunity Involvement:  Team in Training Past Participant and Team Mentor  Certified Group Exercise Instructor at Bay Athletic Club  Actively involved in fundraising for finding a cure for ALSWhat You Should Know about Courtney Huff:  Personal philosophy of teaching consists of energy, enthusiasm, respect, and reality  Promotes the use of these styles of teaching: small groups, design-based inquiry projects, workshops, and partner learning  Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word), Prezi, data warehousing  Attended professional development on MIBLSI, REWARDS, Reproductive Health, DIBELS, Aesthetic Education (Education for the Arts), Four Blocks for the Upper Grades, Teaching as Inquiry, and Battle Creek Science Kits for fourth grade level