PortfolioGen Profile for Suzan Braun

  • PortfolioGen Member Since 2018
Employment History - Teaching
  • Substitute Teacher
    Aug 2018 - Present
    American Leadership Academy
    Chandler, Arizona

    • Teach kindergarten through sixth-grade classes at their various locations
    • Grade assignments, quizzes, and tests; record attendance and lunch count
    • Two long-term positions of six weeks and two months instructing first-graders and fourth-graders, respectively
      • Reviewed student scores/grades and modify instructional planning accordingly
      • Utilized new behavior management system with the ultimate goal to have positive rewards with minimal disruptions
      • Employed several types of instructional methods to not only increase students’ interest and knowledge, for example, think-pair-share as well as quickly writing an answer on a whiteboard
      • Communicated with parents via email, phone, and in-person
      • Tutored students on a weekly basis in math and ELA
      • Guided students in learning subject matter, such as Saxon Math, history, and science
      • Provided diversified tools to help students with various learning styles comprehend the material
      • Worked with students in programs such as Achieve 3000, Galileo, Coach Digital, and ALEKS
      • Duties also included managing classrooms so that the students were learning in a safe environment
      • Prepared students for upcoming state testing via reviewing the material as well as determining any knowledge deficits
      • Issued quarterly report cards

  • Substitute Teacher
    Jan 2017 - Present
    J.O. Combs Unified School District
    San Tan Valley, Arizona

    • Substitute teach for pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade classes within the elementary school section of the district
    • Guide students in learning subject matter, such as Saxon Math, Fundations, and science
    • Provide diversified tools to help students with various learning styles comprehend the material
    • Duties include managing classrooms so that the students are learning in a safe environment
    • Grade assignments, quizzes, and tests; record attendance and lunch count
    • Deliver lesson plans provided by the classroom instructor, modifying when necessary

  • Student Teacher
    Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
    Jack Harmon Elementary School, J. O. Combs Unified School District
    San Tan Valley, Arizona

    • Taught students in a first- and second-grade combination class, which also was the last step toward receiving a Master of Education degree

    • Participated in lesson planning meetings with the second-grade team (lessons were team taught). Subjects included math, social studies, Fundations (phonics), read aloud, English Language Arts (ELA), and science

    • When possible, incorporated external material into the lessons that added to the standard curriculum

    • Subjects, such as math, were diversified to engage students with various abilities. In addition, classes were taught with the final expectation in mind: the knowledge that the students should acquire by the end of the lesson or unit

    • Worked with students on tracking the words per minute that they read as well as coaching students who needed mentoring with reading

  • Professional Scorer
    May 2017 - Jul 2017
    Mesa, Arizona

    • Temporary position in which student test questions were scored electronically using a rubric. Source of the third- and fifth-grade math tests scores were from various locations in the United States.

  • Catechist (Religious Education Teacher)
    Aug 2007 - May 2017
    St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
    Gilbert, Arizona

    • On a biweekly basis, taught religious education classes for kindergarteners and first graders (2007-2008, 2009-2011, 2013-2015, 2016-2017)

    • Researched supplementary material to combine with provided resources

  • Facilitator
    Jul 2003 - Jul 2013
    University of Phoenix
    Tempe, Arizona

    • Taught on-ground, undergraduate marketing and business classes
    • Classes were once a week for four hours

    • Students met in person but turned in assignments via an online platform

    • Grades were submitted via the online platform

    • Rubrics often were used to grade assignments

  • Adjunct Instructor
    Jul 1996 - Jun 1998
    Davenport University
    Granger, Indiana

    • Taught undergraduate College English and Records Management classes

  • Grand Canyon University
    May 2016 - Dec 2017
    Degree: Master of Education/Elementary Education
    GPA: 3.83
  • Bethel College
    Mar 2007 - Dec 2008
    Degree: Master of Business Administration/Management
    GPA: 3.9
  • University of Arizona
    Aug 1979 - Aug 1983
    Degree: Bachelor of Arts/Journalism
    GPA: 3.713
  • Standard Professional Elementary, K-8 (with Structured English Immersion, PreK-12 Endorsement)
    (Jan 2018)
  • Substitute, PreK-12
    (Nov 2016)

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