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Laura Echols
973 Fall Creek ▪ Grapevine, TX 76051 ▪ Phone (214)384-9880 ▪ Email
 Assisted with math, writing, and social studies instruction
St. Clement and St. James School London, England May 2006 – ...
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  1. 1. Laura Echols 973 Fall Creek ▪ Grapevine, TX 76051 ▪ Phone (214)384-9880 ▪ Email OBJECTIVE_______________________________________________________________ ________________________ To obtain a position as a high school French teacher so that I can Inspire and equip students to explore and experience the world. Using authentic, relevant materials to teach French language and culture, I hope to instill in each student a love of learning and a global perspective that extends far beyond the classroom. EDUCATION_______________________________________________________________ ______________________ August 2004 - Present Austin College Sherman, TX M. A., Teaching, expected graduation May 2009  Cumulative GPA: 4.0 / 4.0  French 6-12 Certification B. A., French and Psychology (magna cum laude), May 2008  Cumulative GPA: 3.8 / 4.0  Major GPAs: French 3.7, Psychology 3.9 January 2007 - May 2007 Université Stendhal III Grenoble, France Diploma of French Studies, B 2.2 (advanced)  French Language and Culture Studies program ▪ Coursework in French grammar, expression, art, history, business, and economics STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________________ ___ Plano West Senior High School Plano, TX Feb. 2009 – Present  Plan and teach engaging lessons to multicultural classes of French III Honors and French IV/V AP students on a full-time basis (40+ hours/week)  Use technology and authentic materials in a student-centered learning environment  Develop and implement assessments FOR learning  Assisted students in preparing for Texas French Symposium competition  Administered National French Exam and will administer AP Exam Mayes Elementary School Denison, TX Oct. 2008 – Nov. 2008  Coordinated literacy instruction in 2n d grade classroom for six weeks (5 hrs/wk)  Used guided reading groups, cooperative learning centers, and reader’s workshop to facilitate development of phonics, writing, and spelling skills Denison High School Denison, TX Sep. 2007 – Dec. 2007  Observed, planned, and taught lessons in French I, II, and III classes (5 hrs/wk) Jefferson Elementary School Sherman, TX Sep. 2006 – Dec. 2006  Observed, planned, and taught lessons in a 3r d grade classroom (5 hrs/wk)
  2. 2.  Assisted with math, writing, and social studies instruction St. Clement and St. James School London, England May 2006 – Aug. 2006  Assisted teachers in all grade levels (nursery school to Year 6) on a full time basis in a culturally and economically diverse environment  Served as resource teacher for ELL and special education students  Taught lessons about American culture and tolerance  Assistant director of Year 6 musical production ▪continued▪ Laura Echols ▪Page 2▪ RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE_________________________________________________ Austin College Study Abroad Office Sherman, TX Study Abroad Ambassador Aug. 2007- Dec. 2008  Promoted Austin College study abroad program by conducting large- group information sessions for prospective and current students and their parents  Coordinated and led programs to educate the student body about different countries  Advised and mentored students before, during, and after their study abroad programs  Updated and improved program website and created on-campus promotional displays Montessori Academy of North Texas Sherman, TX After-School Teacher Sep. 2006- Dec. 2006  Planned and taught lessons to groups of students ages 3-9  Adhered to the Montessori philosophy of education HONORS AND AWARDS_______________________________________________________ _ Phi Beta Kappa, 2008-present Psi Chi (psychology honor society), 2006-present Pi Delta Phi (French honor society), 2006-present Alpha Chi (academic honor society), 2006-present Carl B. & Florence E. King Fellowship in Teacher Education, 2008-2009 Departmental Honors Nominee, French and Psychology, 2007 Austin College Dean’s Scholarship, 2004-2008 Austin College Student Leadership Award, 2004-2007 SKILLS AND INTERESTS_____________________________________________________ ___ Fluent in written and spoken French Very familiar with French culture Experienced traveler Adept at using all Microsoft Office applications, FrontPage, Pinnacle, PhotoStory, PhotoShop, Flash, and other Internet applications and software