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Taught subjects
  • Positive psychology
  • Stress management
  • Personal coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Public speaking
  • Relationship coaching
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I specialize in teaching positive self-esteem, have multiple years in teaching human development and psychology, and have a passion for ensuring a love of human dignity.

Methodology

My teaching methodology is growth. I fully believe that every student has a different way of learning and different needs and I completely respect that fact.

Background

I have a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, have engaged over 400 students in understanding the development from birth to elderly. I believe every human deserves to understand their worth. I have over a decade of experience to asset in the process.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $19/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $80
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $150
Lessons offered by Mary
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Positive psychology
  • Stress management
  • Personal coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Public speaking
  • Relationship coaching
Levels
  • All Levels

Mary's resume

Mary K (Cockburn) Bales
Education

• Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, ECE focus, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2013
• M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2009
• B.A, Psychology, Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2002

Awards and Honors

• Ross Fellow, Purdue University, 2007 - 2012
• Graduate Student Teaching Award, Purdue University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2012
• Research Grant, Purdue University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2012

Professional Experience

VIPKids Teacher, December 2017 - present
• Teach English to Chinese students aged 5 – 12 in an online platform
• Develop teaching materials that are engaging, cover core topics, and inspire learning
• Use Total Physical Response to elicit learning outcomes
• Provide feedback and assessment following each classroom interaction

Adjunct Research Professor, University of Notre Dame, Faith and Well-Being at Work Research Project (PI, Matt Bloom), August 2016 – January 2017
• Primarily wrote manuscripts based upon the educator data gathered within the project
• Focused on Head Start classrooms, Positive Deviance, and Responsiveness in the Preschool Classroom

Co-PI, Ford Family Program in International Development, Rebirth of Quality Education in Uganda, April 2015 - April 2016
• Partnered as a research methodologist with the Luigi Giussani Institute for Higher Education in Kampala, Uganda as they launch their intervention work in secondary schools in close to 30 schools throughout the country
• Guided the development of research-based quantitative and qualitative measures to determine the impact and value of the intervention
• Provided reports to LGIHE, AVSI, and UND based upon analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data results
• Developed a research plan for the Ford Family Program to move forward with P - 12 education in an international context



Assistant Research Professor, University of Notre Dame, Faith and Well-Being at Work Research Project (PI, Matt Bloom), January 2015 - August 2016
• Developed a complementary line of research that added professional educators from P - 12, as well as student teachers, into the research project that focused upon the traditional helping professions (i.e., clergy, humanitarian workers, healthcare workers)
• Administered narrative interviews and large-scale surveys with professionals in the helping professions
• Assisted with grant preparation, including methodological and conceptual considerations for future work
• Supported the onboarding of new team members, generally, as well as coding and analyzing qualitative data
• Built collaborative relationships with multiple education organizations including public school systems, Head Start, and on-campus teacher preparation programs
• Prepared manuscripts and reports to disseminate findings to the research and practitioner communities
• Mentored student research assistants in completing literature searches and reviews, learning and applying SPSS, and developing an understanding of what it means to work on a research project
• Assisted in teaching an undergraduate inferential statistics course, including the use of Sakai
• Consulted with Wawasee Community School Corporation on a Mindfulness in the School project
o Provided input on tools to measure the effects of mindfulness strategies in the classroom at the student-level, teacher collaboration, and organizational climate
o Analyzed secondary data gathered in the pilot phase of the project

Teacher Candidate Portfolio Scoring Expert, Pearson, December 2013 – January 2015
• Scored teacher candidate portfolios focused on assessment of teachers’ planning, implementation, and assessment of students
• Applied a rubric-based scoring system to systematically assess candidates’ skills and knowledge
• Remained immersed in the expectations for new teachers with current policies

Post-doctoral Scholar, University of Notre Dame, Faith and Well-Being in the Caring Professions (PI, Matt Bloom), May 2013 - December 2014
• Developed a complementary line of research that included professional educators into the research project
• Administered narrative interviews and surveys with professionals in the helping professions
• Assisted with grant preparation, including methodological and conceptual considerations for future work
• Supported the onboarding of new team members, generally, as well as to code and analyze our qualitative data
• Developed collaborative relationships with multiple education organizations including public school systems, Head Start, and on-campus teacher preparation programs
• Prepared manuscripts to disseminate identity formation and well-being findings for helping professionals
• Assisted with preparing activities and lessons to teach Inferential Statistics in Business course for one semester

Early Childhood Consultant, Wowzers Development Application, June 2014 - December 2014
• Provided early childhood development knowledge and guidance to an application development program in the beta stage of technological advances for young children

Research Consultant, University of Notre Dame, Flourishing in Ministry and Education (PI, Matt Bloom), January 2012 - May 2013
• Assisted in the development of reliable coding for interview data from pastors of various faiths with a focus on work-life satisfaction
• Developed protocols for interviewing educators to investigate variables affecting work-life satisfaction, identity formation, and teaching methodologies
• Gained experience using the qualitative software, ATLAS.TI, for coding and analyzing data
• Developed framework for decision rules in coding scheme to improve qualitative reliability
• Trained new coders to work with the data
• Prepared manuscripts to disseminate research findings

Primary Instructor, Purdue University-WL campus, Introduction to Human Development,
Spring 2012
• Responsible for individualizing instruction on the broad topic of Human Development for over 330 undergraduate students
• Lectured on topics from prenatal development through death, including attention to theory
• Developed quizzes, discussion topics, small group projects, a midterm paper, and exams to assess learning
• Created a learning environment to address the diverse needs of learners by directing discussions that engaged students, regardless of ethnicity, personality, and experience
• Maintained regular office hours to mentor undergraduate students
• Used relevant popular media to relate course material to real life experiences
• Provided supervision to a graduate teaching assistant

Primary Instructor, Purdue University-WL campus, Developmental Assessment, Spring 2012
• Responsible for individualizing instruction for 10 undergraduate students in a 300-level course on the subject of the assessment of young children
• Worked with laboratory teachers to assess students during practicum to ensure students are experiencing optimal learning
• Created a learning environment to address the diverse needs of learners by directing discussions that engaged students, regardless of ethnicity, personality, and experience

Primary Instructor, Purdue University-WL campus, Child Development Practicum, Fall 2011
• Responsible for individualizing instruction for 10 undergraduate students in an introductory course regarding the observation of young children
• Mentored students who struggled to interact naturally with young children
• Worked with preschool teachers from the University lab to assess students during practicum to ensure students experienced optimal learning
• Used relevant popular media to relate course material to real life experiences
• Assessed student learning with examinations, class participation, and email feedback
• Created a learning environment to address the diverse needs of learners by directing discussions that engaged students, regardless of ethnicity, personality, and experience

Teaching Assistant, Skills for the Helping Professional, Fall 2011
• Provided feedback during hands-on laboratory experiences to 40 undergraduate students under the guidance of Dr. Dobbs-Oates
• Assisted with weekly grading of individual lab reflections, a short reflection paper, student presentations, and a final paper

Primary Instructor, Purdue University-WL campus, Introduction to Human Development, Summer 2011
• Responsible for individualizing instruction concerning the broad topic of Human Development to 30 undergraduate students during an intensive summer session
• Developed discussion topics, a small group project, a midterm examination, and a final paper to assess student learning
• Used relevant popular media to relate course to real life experiences
• Created a learning environment to address the diverse needs of learners by directing discussions that engaged students, regardless of ethnicity, personality, and experience

Teaching Assistant Internship, Developmental Assessment, Spring 2011
• Assisted professor Dr. Karen Diamond with the course, including preparation of examinations
• Received expert constructive feedback for lectures

Primary Instructor, Purdue University-WL campus, Introduction to Human Development, Summer 2010
• Responsible for the individualized instruction of 15 undergraduate students during an intensive summer session
• Created a learning environment to address the diverse needs of learners by directing discussions that engaged students, regardless of ethnicity, personality, and experience
• Shared teaching responsibilities with another graduate student
• Covered topics from prenatal development through death, including attention to theory
• Developed writing assignments at the beginning of each class period to assess student learning and interest
• Used relevant popular media to relate course to real life experiences
• Created discussion topics, a midterm paper, and a final examination to assess student learning

Lead Graduate Research Assistant, Classroom Links to Sounds and Words project, 2008 – 2011
• Lead research assistant for the research tasks of an (RCT) intervention study under the direction of Dr. Douglas Powell (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Karen Diamond (Co-Principal Investigator)
• Organized the recruitment of over 400 children for study participation
• Averaged four days per week of in-classroom observation, participation, and assessment of young children and preschool educators
• Scheduled classroom observations and data collection for 30 teachers and over 150 children
• Assisted in preparation of four professional development workshops for teachers participating in the intervention
• Participated in the software training of teachers at the four professional development workshops
• Organized and entered data files
• Coded data using a new child assessment measure

Research Assistant, Classroom Links to Early Literacy project, 2006-2008
• Assisted in the research tasks of an intervention study under the direction of Dr. Douglas Powell (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Karen Diamond (Co-Principal Investigator)
• Developed protocols for interviews interested in gathering information regarding teachers’ use of hypermedia
• Organized and implemented consultation sessions regarding teachers’ opinions of prototype videos to be used in the later study
• Conducted interviews in reference to the format and structure of teachers’ coaching feedback

In-Home Caregiver, 2005 – 2006
• Provided daily, in-home assistance and care to one child (aged one – two years)
• Ensured child was exposed to a variety of activities that engaged her social, emotional, and cognitive abilities from a Growth Mindset
• Completed basic homemaking needs for family (e.g., cooking, cleaning, laundry)

Globe Star, LLC, Office Manager/Direct Caregiver, 2002 – 2005
• Worked with individuals affected by developmental disabilities using Globe Star’s model of Servant Leadership
• Started a satellite office in Syracuse, IN including budgeting, filing, organizing, and scheduling
• Hired, trained, and retained direct caregivers
• Filled shifts for employee absences

Volunteer Experience

Food Bank of Northern Indiana, May 2018 – present
• Provide food to the community members of Northern Indiana
• Stock shelves ensuring adequate supply
• Greet community members and assist with their nutritional needs
• File community members information
• Sort items to ensure healthy items are available
• Assist community members with transferring items to their vehicles
• Count items to ensure an adequate supply for each member who arrives
• Assist with children as parents are shopping for food items

Milford Apostolic Church, October 2012 – present
• Assist with Vacation Bible School activities
• Ensure that children have an understanding that God is with them always
• Assist Sunday School teachers with projects on Sundays

Wawasee School Corporation, March 2010 - present
• Assist with classroom tasks as needed
• Assist with energy conservation efforts throughout five schools

Center for the Homeless, April 2018 – May 2018
• Assist with front office tasks (e.g., answering phones, helping guests with their needs, filing)
• Assist with pre-school children care and development


Publications

Bales, M., Bloom, M. (under review). Identity as a Head Start professional: Understanding educators’ current identity and well-being through narrative interviews and large-scale survey methods. Child Development, December 2016.
Bales, M., Bloom, M. (under review). Factors related to Head Start teacher well-being and retention: Implications for improvements in financial compensation, collaboration opportunities, and leadership development. Child Development, October 2016.
Bales, M., & Bloom, M. (under review). Teacher professional deviance: A mixed methods approach to understanding positive and negative deviance related to job satisfaction, engagement, authenticity, and burnout, Administrative Sciences Quarterly, September 2016.
Bloom, M., Bales, M., Colbert, A. (under review). Work as a calling: Integrating personal and professional identities. Administrative Sciences Quarterly, Sept 2015.
Bales, M., Powell, D., Diamond, K., & Bloom, M. (under review). Revealing student voice through responsive language during large group book readings in Head Start classrooms. Teaching and Teacher Education.
Bales, M., & Brown, D. (in preparation). The interplay between student and teacher flourishing in an international context.
O’Leary, P., Bales (Cockburn), M., Powell, D., & Diamond, K. (2010). Head Start teachers’ views of phonological awareness and vocabulary knowledge instruction. Early Childhood Education Journal, 38 (3), 187 – 195.
Powell, D. R., Diamond, K. E., & Bales (Cockburn), M. K. (2013). Promising approaches to professional development for early childhood educators. In O. N. Saracho & B. Spodek (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children (pp. 385 – 392). New York: Routledge.

Selected Reports
St. Joseph and Elkhart County Head Start Report (2016, January). Mixed Methods Report of Survey and Interview Findings.
Alliance for Catholic Education Report (2015, November). Mixed Methods Report of Survey and Interview Findings.
Wawasee Community School Corporation Report (2015, March). Mixed Methods Report of Survey and Interview Findings.
The Wesleyan Church Report (2015, January). Mixed Methods Report of Survey and Interview Findings.

Selected Presentations
Aldrette, J., Bales, M., Stanchi, R., Giacomazzi, M., & Medina, J. (2016, March). Teacher Motivation and the Impact on Learning: Getting to the Heart of the Matter in an International Context. Group panel to be presented at the Comparative and International Education Society conference.
Bales, M. (2015, November). The role of freedom and dignity in educator’s well-being: A look into classrooms in Africa and the United States. Invited presentation with the Center for Ethics and Culture conference For Freedom, Set Free, University of Notre Dame.
Bales, M. (2014, April). Using narrative interviews to understand educator’s identity formation, well-being, and future in education. Presented poster at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Alexandria, WA.
Bales, M., Diamond, K., & Powell, D. (2011, March). Approaches to Assessing At-risk Preschool Children's Vocabulary Knowledge. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal.
Bales, M., & Powell, D. (2010, June). Relation of preschool teachers’ linguistic responsiveness to growth in children’s language and literacy outcomes. Poster presented at the Tenth Biennial Head Start Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
Bales, M., Yadav, A., Powell, D., & Diamond, K. (2010, April). Effectiveness of a hypermedia video case-based library for inservice teachers’ professional development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, San Diego, CA
Son, S., Bales, M., & Morrison, F. (2009, April). Verbatim text reading: Understanding how parents and children interact with text during shared book reading. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
O’Leary, P., Bales, M., Powell, D., & Diamond, K. (2009, April). Head Start teachers’ experiences with promoting children’s knowledge of sounds and words. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Bales, M., Gerde, H., & Lin, F. (2007, November). What more is in a name? Proven and practical techniques for building literacy skills with children’s names. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Chicago, Illinois.

Grants and Fellowships
• Ross Fellowship (Purdue University, 2007), $18,000
• Ross Fellowship (Purdue University, 2008), $18,000
• Ross Fellowship (Purdue University, 2009), $18,000
• Ross Fellowship (Purdue University, 2010), $18,000
• Summer Research Grant (Purdue University, 2012), $3,500
• Templeton Religious Trust (Matt Bloom, PI, University of Notre Dame), 2,450,000


Professional Service
• University Committee on Research, Library, and Special Professional Faculty Appeals, University of Notre Dame, 2015
• Graduate student representative on the college of Health and Human Sciences diversity committee, Purdue University, 2011 – 2012
• Served as student representative on the search committee for the Health and Human Sciences Associate Dean for research and graduate programs, Purdue University, 2010
• Prepared incoming Spring Fest coordinators, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, 2010
• Graduate Student Association representative for Developmental Studies, Purdue University, 2009
• Spring Fest coordinator, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, 2008 – 2009
• Season of Hope, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, 2008-2011
• Graduate Student Mentor, Purdue University, 2008 - 2010

Professional Affiliations
• National Association for the Education of Young Children, young scholar member
• Society for Research in Child Development, young scholar member

Professional References
• Available upon request

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