I start with my students by assessing their needs to reach their goals. I will tutor from practice materials for specific tests and use supplemental materials which I choose for reaching the goals of each student. I deliver lessons through PowerPoint presentations or other interactive formats.
I have been teaching ESL for over 25 years to both children and adults in American and International educational settings in traditional and virtual classrooms with individual and small groups. My passion is English grammar and Reading. I have shown proven ability to increase students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in English and understanding of aspects of American culture.
Committed Educator with 25 + years experience developing curriculum and assisting students from children through adults in English as a Second Language instruction . Flexible professional with diverse experience in multiple educational settings , including traditional classrooms and small group and individual tutoring environments and in American and International settings . Proven ability to effectively increase students ’ listening , speaking , reading , and writing proficiency in English and understanding of aspects of American culture . Significant experience training , mentoring , and evaluating other teachers . Strong communication skills and ability to work with diverse students and parents and to build relationships with key stakeholders throughout the school and community.
• Certifications: Texas Certification ESL K-12, Texas Certification in English 7-12, Texas Generalist Teacher Certification K-6, Virginia ESL Certification
Areas of Expertise
English Grammar Instruction
Lesson Planning Testing & Assessment
Student-Centered Instruction Strategic Planning
Mentoring & Leadership
ONLINE ESL INSTRUCTOR, 4/2020 – 8/2020
ECI English Language School – Dallas, TX
Developed curriculum (PowerPoint presentations on parts of speech, sentence construction, punctuation, contractions, prefixes and suffixes, root words, context clues, idioms. etc.) for Intermediate and Advanced International students seeking admission to U.S. universities. Delivered content via Zoom while virtual learning was mandatory.
AUTHOR/WRITER’S WORKSHOP PRESENTER, 10/2017 to Present
Self-employed – United States
Authored an all-alliterative children’s book about animals A-Z, Armored Armadillo to Zippy Zebra: An Alliterative Anthology of Animals. Professionally illustrated and published in 2017. Conduct writer’s workshops, teacher in-services, and Career Day presentations on methods for integrating book content into curriculum for elementary schools.
END-OF-YEAR (EOY) ESL TESTING COORDINATOR, 4/2013-2019
Midway ISD – Woodway, TX
Managed and scheduled year-end testing for all district ESL classes. Score EOY Oral IPT and Terra Nova Reading and Language Arts Assessments, and complete Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) forms for EOY placement.
Tested over 150 ESL students on Oral IPT in English in grades Pre-K -10 in five weeks.
Administered Terra Nova English test for more than 50 first and second graders for two different elementary campuses.
Scored and recorded both oral and written EOY tests for over 200 students in order to manage following year language course placement.
CERTIFIED TUTOR, 10/2015 – 4/2016
Waco ISD – Waco, TX
Managed programs for individual student achievement and success; managed student study and enrichment programs in small group and individual sessions. Conducted conferences with classroom teachers to identify student needs and create individualized tutoring plans. Selected materials and lessons for effective tutoring approaches.
Instructed SPED third grade student in individual sessions on stages of the writing process.
Instructed eight at-risk ESL students in mastery of third grade math concepts.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHER, 8/2000 – 6/2012
Midway Independent School District, Woodway, TX
Developed curriculum and instructed students on English grammar and conversational speaking. Created effective and culturally sensitive learning approaches and facilitated communication between students and parents and the school administration. Implemented Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Skills (ELPS) to ensure all curriculum met state and federal standards. Administered Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) Reading Test online. Managed daily classroom activities, including full class, small group, and individual activities. Assessed student progress and created monthly academic status reports. Collaborated with teachers and department heads to meet quarterly and yearly educational goals.
Successfully opened new ESL center in elementary school.
Administered online state English reading proficiency assessments to grades 2 – 5 for yearly progress.
Over 95% of ESL students achieved at least one level of yearly progress.
Provided strategic leadership for school district as member of Midway Academic Steering Team and the school Campus Advisory Council.
Additional Professional Experience
ESL Teacher, Prince William County ISD, Prince William County, VA
Substitute Teacher, ESL Teacher, American International School, Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel ESL Instructor, Defense Language Institute, San Antonio, TX
English and Reading Teacher, Lorena ISD, Lorena, TX
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Virginia ESL Certification
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education English Baylor University, Waco, TX
I have known Carol Baker for 48 years. She and I taught school at the same high school. She has always been conscientious and has done an outstanding job as both a teacher and as author. Carol has always done more than was required of her. When she was teaching, she made sure that her students understood the curriculum being taught. When she saw that her students weren’t comprehending the material, she took time to retract it. She used teaching techniques which allowed both her higher-level and academically challenged students to achieve. After retiring from teaching, Carol could have been content to spend her retirement years relaxing, but instead chose to write a children’s book. After the book was published, Carol presented programs at both private and public’s schools to show teachers how the book can be used to
teach many concepts of the curriculum for various subjects. Carol has received and continues to receive many accolades from teachers and administrators for her outstanding presentations.
I worked with Carol at Spring Valley Elementary for six years during the 2006-2012 school years. She delivered ESL instruction to my second grade English Language Learners.
She was prompt, reliable, and focused in her instruction. I would recommend her, because she loves children and helping them conquer language barriers. She is an expert in the area.
Carol is a dedicated teacher and the most knowledgeable English teacher I know. She has years of experience teaching all grade levels in English grammar and proficiency. Carol is dedicated to the success of her students and will go above and beyond to explain material and make her students confident in their learning. I have always trusted Carol’s advice and instruction and her guidance is priceless!
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