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To%Whom%It%May%Concern:
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I%am%interested%in%applying%for%a%middle%school%science%teaching%position%at%your%school%for%the%
2016?17%school%year.%I%graduated%from%Arizona%State%University%in%May%2015%with%my%Bachelor%
of%Arts%in%Elementary%Education%and%began%my%first%year%of%teaching%in%Washington%as%a%1st%
grade%teacher.%My%ability%to%be%flexible,%build%a%strong%classroom%culture,%establish%positive%
relationships%with%students%and%colleagues,%and%my%past%teaching%experiences%using%different%
instructional%strategies%have%enabled%me%to%be%a%great%asset%to%your%school.%
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My%experiences%as%a%first%year%teacher%and%as%a%teacher%candidate%(student%teacher)%prepared%
me%in%how%to%be%an%effective%teacher%in%a%multitude%of%ways,%including%how%to%differentiate%
instruction,%implement%direct?instruction%and%inquiry%lessons,%and%how%to%create%an%engaging%
learning%environment%that%students%enjoy.%My%past%teaching%experiences%also%provided%me%with%
opportunities%to%work%with%a%variety%of%diverse%students%in%suburban%and%urban%school%
environments,%which%in%turn%gave%me%a%wealth%of%knowledge%about%different%cultures.%My%ability%
to%self?reflect%after%lessons%or%examining%student%data,%help%me%determine%areas%of%refinement%
or%reinforcement%to%better%improve%my%skills%as%an%educator.%I%am%also%eager%and%ready%to%
continue%my%learning%as%an%educator.%I%am%creative,%a%diligent%worker,%and%team%oriented%with%a%
passion%for%teaching%science%which%make%me%a%desirable%candidate.%
I%would%greatly%appreciate%the%opportunity%to%talk%with%you%to%discuss%how%my%skills%and%
experience%can%meet%the%needs%of%your%students.%I%may%be%reached%at%480?220?8194%or%
clairgustafson2@gmail.com%at%your%convenience.%%
Thank%you%in%advance%for%your%time%and%consideration.%I%look%forward%to%hearing%from%you.%%
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Clair&Gustafson&(Jackson)&
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clairgustafson2@gmail.com!
Education!Portfolio:!http://clairseducationportfolio.weebly.com

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*!Applying!for!certification!with!Full!SEI!endorsement!and!highly!qualified!in!Middle!Grades!General!
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Arizona&State&University,&Tempe,!AZ!!
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Bachelor!of!Arts!in!Elementary!Education,!Cum!Laude!
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ChandlerDGilbert&Community&College,!Chandler,!AZ!!
Associates!Degree!in!Liberal!Arts&

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Hazelwood!Elementary,!Newcastle,!WA!
Created,!prepared,!and!implemented!lessons!for!all!subjects!based!on!WA!state!standards!
Collaborated!with!1st!grade!team!by!examining!student!data!to!construct!skill!focused!learning!
groups!around!fact!fluency!and!reading!comprehension!
Fulfilled!the!academic!as!well!as!social/emotional!needs!of!diverse!students!
Extremely!proficient!in!Danielson!Framework!for!Teaching!
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Teacher&Candidate,!5th!and!6th!Grade!Science!
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!!July!2014(!May!2015!
ASU!Prep!Academy!Polytechnic,!Mesa,!AZ!
Created,!prepared,!and!implemented!lessons!for!both!5th!and!6th!Grade!based!on!AZ!state!
science!standards!
Assumed!full!responsibility!for!four!of!the!five!science!class!periods!
Collaborated!with!colleagues!to!design!thematic!units!in!science!
Facilitated!Parent!Teacher!Conferences!with!mentor!teacher!

Tutored!5th!and!6th!Grade!students!after!school!twice!a!week!in!math!and!once!a!week!in!
language!arts!
Familiar!with!and!mastered!TAP!Rubric!by!scoring!highly!on!evaluations!

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Teachers&Assistant,&Carebear!Preschool,!Chandler,!AZ!!! !
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Assisted!classroom!teacher!in!preparing!weekly!lessons,!activities,!and!crafts!
Created!and!implemented!a!six!week!long!science!summer!camp!with!children!ages!3!to!Pre(K!
Substitute!teacher!for!ages!3!to!4!
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Internship,&2nd!Grade,!Chandler!Traditional!Academy,!Chandler,!AZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!January!2014(!May!2014!
Worked!closely!with!small!groups!in!math!and!reading!
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Internship,&3rd!Grade,!ASU!Prep!Academy!Phoenix,!Phoenix,!AZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!August!2013(!December!2013!
Assisted!in!all!subjects!areas!as!well!as!working!with!small!groups!during!math!

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!September!2014!!May!2015!
A!$10,000!living!wage!given!by!the!Mary!Lou!Fulton!Teachers!College!at!ASU!to!Student!Teachers!
wanting!to!pursue!middle!school!math!or!science.!!This!included!four!additional!STEM!professional!
development/training!courses!that!were!attended!by!the!student!teacher!along!with!their!mentor.!
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