Sandra Edwards

Freelance Writer & Book Illustrator

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Location:North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/sandraedwards
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Sandra L Edwards
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7529 Lorinda Ave Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 741-0814

Professional Summary
I am a certified 7-12 English/Language Arts teacher with fourteen years of classroom experience—having edited a number of creative writing stories, research papers, and created a myriad of writing assignments. I have taught various classes in the Clark County School District and at Portland Community College. These courses include: Language Arts, English 7-12, Creative Writing, Yearbook, Newspaper, Scholarship, US History, World History, Career Exploration, and Algebra. I have been published in a national magazine and love writing. Have kept a journal since I was 10 years old. On January 7, 2012 I will graduate from Sierra Nevada College with a M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching and Leadership with a TESL endorsement. I have 24 graduate credits in English and will be starting my MFA in July 2012. I also have three undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in English, a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus on newspaper writing, and a B.S. in Education.

Highlights of Qualification
• Knowledgeable in Web-based classes.
• Creative flair organizing events, thorough in handling all details.
• Exceptionally adept at developing rapport with diverse people of all economic levels.
• Able to establish priorities and adapt quickly to changing needs.
• Expert on computers (know many programs and how to problem solve).
• Knowledgeable on curriculum standards and how to meet state standards.
• Take initiative; have sense of humor; am flexible, a team-player and creative.

Professional Experience
ENGLISH TEACHER (8/2007 to present)
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.
? Teach high school English I, English II, and American Literature. ? Advisor for Poetry Club. ? Taught two summers of Language Arts for at-risk youth. ? Develop lessons and assignments to challenge students and to build their grammar, writing, and reading skills according to CCSD Power Standards and Curriculum Benchmarks. ? Grade assignments and maintain student records and data for reporting purposes. ? Develop rapport, respect, and understanding with students to create a safe learning environment. ? Use technology to enhance classroom lessons.

ENGLISH TEACHER/ SUBSTITUTE TEACHER (9/2005 to present)
North Clackamas School District, Milwaukie, OR.
? Taught a variety of classes (elementary through high school) for peers, including: English, math, physical education, dance, art, social studies, and orchestra. ? Taught two semesters of Language Arts 10 in Summer School.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (9/2004 to 8/2005)
Longitudal Study for Adult Learners, Portland State University, Portland, OR.
• Contacted and interviewed multicultural people who hadn't attained GED by 1997 for Lifelong Learning Study. • Developed rapport, respect, and understanding with people of diverse economic levels. • Scored TOWRE tests and Writing Samples. • Maintained records and data for reporting purposes on computer and in files.

ABE/GED INSTRUCTOR (2/1999 to 4/2003)
Portland Community College, SouthEast Center & NE Workforce Training Center, Portland, OR.
• Taught multicultural students ages 16-70 in ABE/GED basics: Writing, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Computers and Science. • Planned, developed, and evaluated curriculum and lesson plans to meet individual needs, interests, and abilities in the classroom and for independent study. • Maintained student records and data for reporting purposes. • Provided individual and group instruction using a variety of teaching techniques. • Used interpersonal skills to develop rapport with students, to encourage mutual respect, to motivate students, and to affirm students in their academic progress and potential. ? Awarded with "Team-player" recognition and "Best Practice" in teaching, 2004.

RECRUITMENT & PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR (2000 to 2002)
Worksystems Inc, Portland, OR.
• Directed and coordinated recruitment and marketing strategies with three community colleges for a technology grant from the Department of Labor. • Assessed and evaluated individual programs for effectiveness and modifications. • Acted as the main liaison between colleges, businesses, and Worksystems Inc for gathering performance data, ensuring reporting accuracy, monitoring contractual obligations, and assisting in attaining contractual obligations. • Worked with staff and partners to authorize and to monitor program expenditures and contractual modifications. • Presented information and communicated with diverse populations as a team and individually at meetings, workshops, schools, and conferences. • Represented, participated, and promoted Worksystems Inc’s educational programs, Connect2Jobs, and other information as needed as a member in various organizations. • Assisted and referred people through Connect2Jobs website and other communications. • Ensured contractual SIP reports and database were current and accurate. • Established partnerships with businesses and One-Stop Career Centers. • Used nontraditional recruitment strategies to recruit minority youth and adults for high-tech jobs and educational programs.

EMPLOYMENT TRAINER / STUDENT RESOURCE SPECIALIST (1999 to 2000)
Portland Community College, SE Works, Portland, OR.
• Provided job training and employment services to 16-21 year-olds, including: outreach, personal support, retention and follow-up, job search, career and educational planning and search for assistance. • Developed job shadows and internships. • Worked closely with SE Works personnel and PCC program coordinators to form a team.

PACE INSTRUCTOR/ TEACHING ASSISTANT (1995 to 1999)
(Parenting, Academics, Careers & Employment) North Clackamas School District, Sabin Skills Center, Milwaukie, OR.
• Taught culturally diverse parents ages 13 to 21 in required classes, including: English, Creative Writing, American and World Literature, Yearbook, Global Studies, American History, World History and Cultures, and US Government, according to the state CIM/CAM requirements. • Applied a variety of teaching techniques, assessed and graded student progress, and selected appropriate materials for all subjects and individual skill levels.

Education
SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE
• M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching and Leadership with TESL endorsement (3.87 gpa)

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY—Portland, Oregon.
• M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, (32+ credits/ 3.7 gpa--not completed)

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY—MOORHEAD, Minn.
• B.S. English Education, 1993
• B.A. English, 1991
• B.S. Mass Communications, 1991

Awards
“Best Practice Recognition”, Portland Community College, Steps to Success (April 2004)

"Team Player", Portland Community College, Steps to Success (March 2004)

“TAKE A BOUGH” North Clackamas School District for excellence as a volunteer facilitator.

Presentations/Activities
Presentations at multiple schools & community meetings, including:
• ASPIRE meetings
• Women In Technology Conference
• Education Now & In the Future Conference
• AWSEM Conference
• Semiconductor Workforce Consortium, member
• Healthcare Workforce Consortium, member
• Challenge of Change Conference, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, participant
• National Council of Teachers/ Oregon Teachers of English, member
• AFT, American Federation of Teachers, member
• CASE, Creating Academic Success & Equity, member
• Clackamas County Teen-Parenting Task Force with Willamette Falls Hospital, member
Skills (2) Rating
Writing
Book Illustration