My lesson plans are specific to the topic and the individual students' abilities, talents and interests. I have favorite materials and methods from my 7 years teaching.
I devote hours of preparation for my lessons, particularly on research, also reviewing my resources from my teacher membership in educational websites. Significant time is given to rehearsing and preparing notes on the lesson itself, with the assurance that my explanation is understandable to the student, logical and memorable.
I have taught with the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Archdiocesan Catholic Schools. I have experience in teaching regular and special education classroom teaching, Title I reading, regular and special education computer lab, and inclusion high school special education teaching in regular classes for Algebra I, Algebra II/Trigonometry, English I, English IV, Earth/Space Science, and Environmental Science -- also co-teaching Social Science at a private school for emotionally disturbed students.
For 5 hours of lessons in one week or more, the rate is $25 per hour.
Karen Patricia Breitenbach, PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:
February 3, 2018
Re: Registration for Tutor Services with SuperProf
To whom it may concern:
Please find following for your review my resume for Tutor Services with SuperProf. I am impressed with your tutor support system and professionalism. Your system would provide more opportunity to demonstrate my extensive talents in educational research. My career experience has been: 15 ½ years as a paralegal, having completed the Roosevelt University Lawyer’s Assistant Training Program; seven years of teaching with the Chicago Catholic and Public Schools; and obtaining 30 graduate credits in Special Education, mostly from a federal grant from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School of Exceptional Education.
At Lafayette Specialty School, a Chicago Public School, I contributed valuable skills by developing workbooks, pre-school to 8th grade. The booklets were for writing in the school computer lab where I was teaching and were based on the "Power Writing" system. Sharon Hamilton, who wrote teacher handbooks on "Power Writing", gave me permission to develop my student workbooks at our meeting at a Chicago Public School workshop. Also, at Lafayette Specialty School, I won one of my two Chicago Foundation for Education Small Teacher's Grants. For teaching reading through "The Wonderful World of Disney" I received $400 in Disney educational software for my school computer lab with a Small Teacher Grant. Upon calling and writing to Disney headquarters about my award for my computer lab, I received $600 in additional Disney software which I shared with the other computer lab teacher who taught the middle school students in the other computer lab.
My resume is in two sections, Business and Teaching, in reverse chronological order. It lists information about my 15 and ½ year paralegal career, my elementary and high school teaching, and my tutoring since retirement. I have a K-9 Illinois teacher's certificate with a Learning Behavioral Specialist
endorsement, an LBS-1. I also have endorsements to teach departmental language arts, computers and social studies.
Karen Patricia Breitenbach
SuperProf Application Letter, Page 2
My college major at Dominican University was English. I had experience tutoring writing for a Wright College student with Wyzant tutoring, my present tutoring source. I had the opportunity to participate in tutoring term paper writing and to co-operate with the college classroom teacher in tutoring the student to reinforce the college writing program.
I was awarded a four-year Illinois State Scholarship and Honors-at-Entrance to Dominican University. After graduation – with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an English major from Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois -- I taught, with the Catholic Archdiocese, 1/68 to 6/68 regular self-contained fifth grade. I then received a Federal Fellowship in Special Education for one year to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School of Exceptional Education. With additional courses from the University of Phoenix On-line I earned 30 graduate hours in Special Education entitling me to an LBS-1, Learning Behavior Specialist-1, special education endorsement, entitling me to teach special education K-9 in Illinois. I also have earned endorsements in self-contained general education K-9, language arts in junior high school, social studies in junior high school, and computer science in junior high school.
I earned a Paralegal Certificate from the Lawyers' Assistant Program of Roosevelt University, Chicago. While I pursued a 15 and ½ year career in paralegal service, I also earned an Associate Degree in Data Processing with High Honors from the Chicago City Colleges. The associate degree, after graduate school, greatly enhanced my job qualifications, in paralegal work and in teaching – particularly for research skills. I also taught computer lab at three Chicago Public elementary schools.
After teaching computer lab and later special education, my Chicago Public School experience at retirement totaled 5 1/2 years. Counting Catholic schools, one private school and the Chicago Public Schools, I taught 7 years.
My last position before retirement from the Chicago Public Schools was teaching special education inclusion at Theodore Roosevelt High School in English I and IV, Algebra I and Algebra II/Trigonometry, Earth/Space Science, and Environmental Science, replacing Algebra I with English IV for my second
Based on a Chicago Public School workshop, I created worksheets at Roosevelt High School for the science classes where I taught special education inclusion. For these worksheets I included the words offered at the workshop as vocabulary words and phrases often used on the ACT. The regular classroom teachers were appreciative of my work – one teacher even used the worksheets in other classrooms where I was not stationed for special education. All the teachers used the worksheets for the entire class of regular, as well as special, education students. The exercises emphasized important facts and vocabulary for the serious student to learn and remember.
I was aware of what information would satisfy the Illinois Goals and Chicago Standards for the regular student. I had knowledge of what I expected for the special education students for the same subject. I worked closely with the head teacher to help each student reach, at least, the minimum of the regular requirements. When necessary I was able, with the approval of the core teacher and the case manager, to write alternate goals, emphasizing the student’s best talents.
Karen Patricia Breitenbach
SuperProf Application Letter, Page 3
I value many resources for my knowledge in the education field: organizations and networking, libraries, meetings, and particularly research. I would be honored to be a member of the challenging SuperProf organization. Thank you for your time and kind consideration.
Experience Highlights in Education, Page One
WyzAnt tutoring 09/2010 to present
Independent Contractor, then self-employed Academic and Piano Tutor, for private lessons at student’s home or library, including reading, English, public speaking, math, science, and piano for elementary students, some enrolled in special education at school.
Roosevelt High School 11/2006 to 6/2008
Special Education Inclusion Teacher
High School Special Education Teacher: Freshman English inclusion (9/2007-6/2008), Senior English inclusion (9/2007-6/2008) Algebra I inclusion (11/2006-6/2007), Algebra II/Trigonometry inclusion (11/2006-6/2008), Earth/Space Science inclusion and Environmental Science inclusion (11/2006-6/2008).
EdSolutions (now Champions) 11/2005 to 3/27/06
Part-Time Special Education Teacher After School Special Education Group Tutoring
Tutoring, sponsored by a 20-week government funded program, for a class of eight special education bilingual elementary students at Pickard Chicago Public School.
The Menta Group at Hillside Academy
Non-Residential School for Emotionally and
Behaviorally Disabled Students, Hillside, Illinois 8//2004 to 5/2005
Special Education Co-Teacher
High School co-teaching for emotionally and behaviorally disabled students.
Chicago Board of Education, Chicago, Illinois 5/2002 to 5/2003
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher of self-contained class of primary (ages 6-11) learning disabled children at Delano School. Teaching in a challenging neighborhood in Chicago's inner city.
Chicago Board of Education, Chicago, Illinois 2001 to 2002
Computer Lab Teacher
Computer teacher for grades kindergarten to 8th grade with emphasis on language arts and math at Lafayette Specialty School. I taught writing through the "Power Writing" System. With the permission of Sharon Hamilton, a writer and lecturer on “Power Writing”, I created workbooks for computer writing. For my work with software from Disney I developed at Lafayette School a project for "Learning through the Wonderful World of Disney" for which I won $400 for the school. Disney corporation donated $600 in educational software to the school computer department, when I informed them of our Disney learning project.
Chicago Board of Education, Chicago, Illinois 10/2000 to 12/2001
Computer Teacher/Special Education Teacher
Computer Teacher for Pre-School through Eighth Grade students at Spalding School, from 10/2000 to 6/2001. Spalding School specialized in teaching physically challenged children with some regular students added for an inclusion environment. I developed at Spalding Specialty School a project for enabling the severely
Experience Highlights in Education, Page Two
autistic and trainably challenged students to operate the computer by physical modifications to the “computer mouse”. For this project I won $400 in “baby button” controls and accompanying software for the student to control the movement of a stick figure on their computer. Disney corporation donated $600 in educational software to the school computer department, when I informed them of our Disney learning project.
My second position at Spalding School, from 9/2001 to 12/2001, was serving as special education teacher for educably mentally challenged students and some physically challenged students.
Chicago Board of Education, Chicago, Illinois 11/1997 to 4/1998
Computer Teacher for Fourth through Eighth Grade students at Hamline School. Teaching computer guided education to about 400 students using Learning Expeditions technology (similar to A+ computer system).
Experience Highlights in Business, Page One
Ross & Hardies, Chicago, Illinois 2/2000 to 9/2000
Paralegal work in maintenance of health care corporations: minute book documentation, initial and subsequent filings, legal research and communications, including:
Ability to keep track of priorities.
Working for a small department, where I had the opportunity to serve different attorneys on a variety of legal projects, some on an on-going basis.
Having the opportunity of learning some new work in estate planning for one of the special clients.
Aon Corporation, Chicago, Illinois 5/1993 to 4/1997
Paralegal work preparing complex insurance/legal filings and corporate minutes, working for four years in the corporate law office of one of the largest and most powerful U.S. companies, including:
Ability to communicate effectively with many subsidiary offices of a number of Aon Corporations, answer their questions and fulfill document/filing requests.
Sound understanding of state business corporation law in many states, in order to most efficiently and cost effectively solve insurance corporation problems.
Skill at researching new problems, both in insurance law and corporate law and communicating with experts for confirmation of results.
Ambitech Corporation, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 1/1992 to 6/1992
Administrative Assistant work entering reports and computing with Lotus 1-2-3 software, for the purpose of charting renovation work on gas stations, including:
Word processing work preparing some correspondence at Amoco headquarters downtown.
Detailed proofreading to check the charts and letters I prepared.
Learning to work with Lotus 1-2-3 in three dimensions, in order to prepare three-dimensional chart reports.
Flexibility in moving from working on the three-dimensional Lotus 1-2-3 charts to word processing work on correspondence.
Experience Highlights in Business, Page Two
Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Illinois 8/1989 to 5/1991
Paralegal work including:
Preparing corporate minute book pages and corporate filings, legal research, UCC filings, and some communication with clients.
Attention to detail and accuracy in preparing minute books.
Writing cover letters to clients, with signing instructions, to accompany documentation and filings.
Working on detailed files for foreign export company, accompanying attorney in telephone calls to client's Belgium office, preparing filings to meet import regulations, and preparing letters from attorney and myself to client.
Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Illinois 4/1988 to 5/1989
Mutual Funds Paralegal
Paralegal work in the Mutual Funds department of one of Chicago's major law firms, including:
Maintenance of minutes for the Mutual Funds, with preparation of requisite corporate and federal filings. Significant responsibility for the computer work to produce the monthly reports sent to the Mutual Funds clients.
Extremely detailed proofreading, at times during very late overtime to check reports at the printer office.
Responsibility for: the accuracy and integrity of my typing of the monthly reports to mutual funds clients; and the final printed computer version.
Working in a very small and close working department in one of Chicago's major law firms, Kirkland & Ellis, where participation at weekly department meetings was required and communication skills highly encouraged.
Silets & Martin, Ltd. 12/85 to 11/86
Data Base Coordinator
Computer Data Base work, including:
Operating status and library databases on Barrister computer system.
Producing weekly status report for each attorney.
The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, Chicago, Illinois 7/1978 to 7/1985
Paralegal and computer responsibilities for the maintenance of corporation - profit and nonprofit - minute books, also:
Responsibility for typing, including filings and wills.
Computer preparation for pension plans and profit sharing plans.
Paralegal preparation of the federal filings for the approval of pension and profit-sharing plans and amendments thereto, in keeping with changes in federal laws.
I worked with Karen at Roosevelt High School where she was a special education teacher and I was a music teacher. In edition to her academic expertise, she is also a talented musician. She spent many hours after school helping with our school musical. Karen is knowledgeable, creative, and caring and will be a great addition to the Superprof community.
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