Deborah Lynn Underwood of Austin, TX

Teacher / Educator

11502 Juniper Ridge Drive, Austin, TX 78759-3845
(512) 336-1144

e-mail: DeborahU@aol.com
Web site:
www.DeborahUnderwood.com

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Overall Objective
To instill the love of learning in my students, and to encourage them to strive for excellence in all areas of life.

Summary Of Qualifications
Since 1978, teaching, extracurricular activities, and committee experience with emphasis on the following:

* Effective Teaching Strategies * Reader / Evaluator CLAS Tests (CA) * Child Advocacy * Curriculum Development * Creative Lesson Planning * Team Teaching * TAG Students (CA) * Inclusion Teaching * Multi-Cultural Students


Education and Endorsements / Certifications
· 12 hours of graduate credit completed at Texas State University - San Marcos
· State of Texas Teaching Credential (Grades 1 - 8)
· Special Education Certification, State of Texas
· State of New Jersey Elementary Teaching Certification (Grades K-6)
· Professional Clear Credential in the State of California (Grades K-6)
· Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education; minor in Physical Education from Bloomsburg University (1978); Bloomsburg, PA

Professional Teaching Experience
· 2nd Grade Teacher - Casis Elementary; AUSTIN I.S.D.; Austin, TX 8/2004 to present
· 4th Grade Teacher - North Oaks Elementary - ROUND ROCK I.S.D.; Austin, TX 8/2000 to 8/2004
· 5th Grade Teacher - Jollyville Elementary - ROUND ROCK
 I.S.D.; Austin, TX 8/99 to 7/2000
· 4th Grade Teacher - Jollyville Elementary - ROUND ROCK I.S.D.; Austin, TX 8/97 to 6/99
· 4th Grade Teacher - Brushy Creek Elementary - ROUND ROCK I.S.D.; Round Rock, TX 8/95 to 5/97
· 6th Grade Teacher - Barton Hills Elementary - AUSTIN I.S.D.; Austin, TX 8/94 to 8/95
· 5th Grade Gifted and 5th / 6th Combination - SYLVAN UNION S.D.; Modesto, CA 7/91 to 6/94
· 4th Grade Teacher - PATTERSON JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT; Patterson, CA 9/90 to 6/91
· Substitute Teacher - TURLOCK U.S.D., CERES U.S.D., and PATTERSON JOINT U.S.D. 3/90 to 6/90
· Classroom Assistant / Tutor - 4th & 5th Grades - MT. LAUREL TOWNSHIP S.D.; Mt. Laurel, NJ
(Reading, Math & Language Arts) 11/89 to 2/90
· 1st, 2nd & 4th Grade Teacher - GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT; Blackwood, NJ 1978 to 1989

Pedagogical Techniques and Ideology
Implement effective teaching strategies and teach all areas of the curriculum... Develop short and long term goals and teaching plans... Evaluate and motivate students... Establish and maintain positive and enthusiastic learning environment through informative and interesting activities... Maintain positive relations with administration, faculty, parents and students... Implement interesting and enriching activities to reinforce skills... Build self-esteem among children to promote personal value success... Access and evaluate weekly goals... Acquire a positive and enthusiastic environment through initiation and implementation of edifying and "fun" activities...

Special Projects and Committee Work
· Math Committee Chairperson at Brushy Creek Elementary (1996, 1997), and Jollyville Elementary (1998 to 2000)
· Social Committee Co-Chairperson at Jollyville Elementary (1998, 1999)
· Organized a school-wide "Career Day" at Brushy Creek Elementary (1996, 1997), Jollyville Elementary (1998, 1999, & 2000), and North Oaks Elementary (2002, 2003 & 2004)
· Achieved "Clearly Outstanding" rating on A.I.S.D. Teacher Appraisal. A.I.S.D. Committee experience: Texas Heritage Week, Science Curriculum, Career Day Chairperson
· Earned highest scores in all twenty appraisal areas on confidential teacher evaluation; recognized for "enthusiasm for teaching and creative lessons that motivated students to succeed." Active on various committees: Student Study Team, Math, Field Day, Reading Comprehension (Sylvan Union School District)
· Helped develop improved physical education curriculum for 4th grade students - introduced popular aerobics for the first time (Patterson Joint Unified School District)
· Experience in teaching academically talented and gifted 5th grade students ( Sylvan Union School District)

References
· Shelly Hohman, Principal, North Oaks Elementary, Round Rock ISD; (512) 464-5500
· Annette Johnson, Principal, Deer Park Middle School, Round Rock ISD; (512) 464-6600
· Dottie Reimer, Principal, Barton Hills Elementary, Austin ISD; (512) 413-0408

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