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Rachel Connelly

Rachelvconnelly@gmail.com
(512) 944-6126
E-Portfolio: http://rachelvestriportfolio.weebly.com
1107 Payne Ave.
Austin, TX 78757

OBJECTIVE: To obtain a teaching position that will utilize my background in education.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Education,
Samford University, Birmingham, AL May 2014
Major: Early Childhood/Special Education/Elementary Education/
Collaborative Degree (Birth-6th grade)
Certifications: EC-6 General Education, ESL, Special and Collaborative Education
Highly Qualified, GPA: 3.85

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
River Place Elementary, Austin, TX 2014-Present
Kindergarten Teacher: Used state standards and district units of study to write and teach researched based
lesson plans, served on leadership team as the kindergarten team lead, collaborated with kindergarten and
vertical teams, administered DRA, TPRI, and district assessments, implemented behavior and intervention
plans, used ESL strategies to teach English language learners, implemented accommodations and
modifications for students with special needs, taught leadership habits from Franklin Coveys Leader in Me,
implemented management strategies, led sessions at LISD Continuous Improvement Conference,
coordinated field trips, attended faculty meetings and professional development, participated in a grade level
PLC, maintained class and team website, established consistent communication with parents

STUDENT TEACHING
Rocky Ridge Elementary, Birmingham, AL Spring 2014
Special Education: Conducted action research, wrote IEPs, attended IEP and faculty meetings, taught age
appropriate lessons, and adapted lessons for students with special needs

Vestavia Hills Central Elementary, Vestavia, AL Spring 2014


Fifth Grade: Collaborated with cooperating teacher to plan lessons, wrote and taught social studies unit,
taught ten full days, graded student work, implemented management strategies

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Hand In Hand Child Care Center, Homewood, AL Fall 2013
3 year olds: Taught age appropriate lessons, adapted lessons for students with special needs, conducted early
academic intervention, administered Ages & Stages developmental screener

Center Point Elementary School, Center Point, AL Fall 2013


Special Education: Taught lessons, wrote IEP in SETS, designed and implemented a Functional Behavioral
Intervention, and adapted lessons for students with special needs

Oak Mountain Elementary School, Birmingham, AL Fall 2013


Kindergarten: Worked cooperatively with teacher to adapt lessons for students with special needs, used
adaptive technology, wrote social story
Avondale Elementary School, Birmingham, AL Spring 2013
Kindergarten: Taught common core based lesson plans, worked cooperatively with classroom teacher
Rachel Vestri
512.944.6126

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Professional Nanny, Birmingham Alabama 2012-2014
Nanny for two boys approximately 15 hours weekly, cook meals, assist with homework, assist with speech
therapy, provide a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment

Occupational Therapist Aid, Marti Smith, Austin, TX Summer 2012


Provided weekly in home therapy for children with special needs, designed sensory stimulating activities
and implemented research based exercises, worked with parents to create individualized therapy plans

Child Care Worker. Austin Christian Fellowship, Austin, TX 2006-2010


Organized and supervised activities for children 2-4 years old, taught Bible stories, managed a safe and
enjoyable environment

HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS


Member, Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honors Honors
Deans List, Six semesters Magna Cum Lade, Latin Honors
Seal Medal, Second Time with Education International Studies Representative, School of
Honors Education
Tower Medal, Third Time with Education
Rachel Connelly
Rachelvconnelly@gmail.com
(512) 944-6126
E-Portfolio: http://rachelvestriportfolio.weebly.com

VOLUNTEER
Briarwood Junior High Bible Study Leader 2013-2014
South Town Tutoring Volunteer 2011
River Place Elementary Spanish Teacher 2008-2010
2nd-4th grade: Taught Spanish, wrote lesson plans based on school standards/goals, worked cooperatively
with teachers to carry out instruction in 8 different classrooms

EXPERIENCE ABROAD
Study Abroad: Jakarta, Indonesia
Worked cooperatively with elementary classroom teacher, taught age appropriate lessons in English
Mission Trips: Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mexico
Worked at childrens home for students with special needs, lead worship team, taught elementary school,
administered medications, provided care for orphans
Other Travel: England, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Costa Rica

COMPUTER SKILLS: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, Promethean, ActivInspire,


Moodle, Schoology, SETS, netstart, Google Drive, Google Docs, ESPED

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Kagan Training, ESL Academy, TBRI Support and Coaching,
Alabama Reading Initiative, Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative, Natural Lifemanship, Power
of Teaching, Teach like a Doctor, Differentiation by Design, Bridges Intervention, Leader in Me, participated
in a PLC

ASSESSMENT SKILLS: DRA, TPRI, ACT Aspire, Denver Developmental Screening, Vineland Adaptive
Behavior Scales II, Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Kaufman Survey of Early Academic and
Language Skills, Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning, Running Records, Qualitative
Reading Inventory, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Batelle
Rachel Connelly
Rachelvconnelly@gmail.com
(512) 944-6126
E-Portfolio: http://rachelvestriportfolio.weebly.com
Extras:

Mountain Brook Elementary School, Mountain Brook, AL Spring 2011


nd
2 grade: Worked cooperatively with classroom teacher to assist students
Robinson Elementary School (urban), Birmingham, AL Spring 2011
1st grade: Created bulletin boards, worked cooperatively with classroom teacher
Brookville Elementary School (rural), Graysville, AL Spring 2011

Kelly Jones Events Spring of 2017-present


River Place Elementary School, Austin, TX January 2013
Rachel Connelly
Rachelvconnelly@gmail.com
(512) 944-6126
E-Portfolio: http://rachelvestriportfolio.weebly.com
Kindergarten: Taught writing, led RTI, worked cooperatively to adapt lessons for ESL student