Amber Peruski401 W. Salzburg Rd. Auburn, MI 48611 (989)-415-8034 ◊ [email protected]
◊ amberperuski.weebly.com CERTIFICATION and EDUCATION Michigan Provisional Secondary Certificate Endorsements in Biology (DA) and Chemistry (DC) College of Education, Michigan State University Master of Arts, Teaching and Curriculum GPA: 4.0/4.0 College of Natural Science, Michigan State University Bachelor of Science, Human Biology ∙ Minor Chemistry GPA: 4.0/4.0 Expected June 2014 East Lansing, MI Expected June 2015 East Lansing, MI May 2013 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Jackson High School Jackson, MI th th 9 Grade Biology and 10 Grade Chemistry Intern September 2013 - June 2014 Designed and implemented interactive and challenging inquiry and application based lessons using backwards design, resulting in an average trimester post-test score increase of 30% as well as an average pass rate of over 90% Differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the diverse student population by incorporating multiple instructional resources to reach all learning styles and help all students be successful Constructed and implemented multiple forms of formative and summative assessment that allowed for students’ understandings and misconceptions to be evaluated Used NWEA MAP data and formative and summative assessment data to guide instruction Applied classroom management strategies to promote working with disruptive students, keeping them in the classroom and preventing them from falling behind Provided tutoring after school twice per week to students who needed more one-on-one instruction Communicated and collaborated with parents to help students reach their full potential Received positive feedback concerning classroom climate and instructional strategies from students on course surveys Assisted in administering NWEA MAP, ACT, and MME testing Assisted mentor teacher in counseling four 5th grade students from Sharp Park Academy on an IB project about biodiversity once per week for six weeks Michigan State University East Lansing, MI BS 171 Undergraduate Education Assistant January 2012 – May 2013 Instructed students on the biological concepts behind each laboratory exercise through PowerPoint presentations Demonstrated laboratory techniques including serological pipetting, SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis, microscopy, and spectrophotometry to help student master technical skills Assisted in developing students’ critical thinking and experimental design skills by instructing them on the scientific method and answering questions using the Socratic method Created laboratory assignments using select course content to increase student comprehension of material High School College Preparatory Chemistry and College Biochemistry East Lansing, MI Tutor January 2012 – December 2012 Reviewed class lectures and homework problems with students and provided more in depth explanations of concepts, which on average increased students’ grades by 20% Re-taught lessons in unique manners to increase understanding with the help of visual aids such as pictures and models Prepared fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice worksheets that reviewed the material covered in the class lectures Requested students explain concepts in detail in their own words and used this information to select focus areas for exam preparation TEACHING RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Child Care Provider Okemos, MI Nanny May 2012 – August 2013 Created a positive environment for two toddlers by preparing appropriate creative, educational, and outdoor activities Effectively handled interventions between children when conflicts arose Implemented everyday routines and nurtured toddlers’ self-esteem RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Undergraduate Research Assistant January 2010 – June 2013 Studied the relationship between arts and crafts experiences and innovation in terms of patents generated, companies founded, articles authored, and licenses obtained Assisted in writing grant proposals for funds from Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, the Humanities and Arts Research Program, and the National Science Foundation Developed and sent out surveys using Survey Monkey to members of the National Academy of Engineering and engineering faculty at Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, and Princeton University Analyzed survey responses using SPSS to determine if experience with arts and crafts throughout different stages of life has an effect on creative capacity Chaired team meetings by constructing agendas and leading group discussions of past, present, and future project needs Disseminated research through conference presentations and written journal articles Published article in a peer-reviewed journal: LaMore R., Root-Bernstein R., Root-Bernstein M, Schweitzer J., Lawton J., Roraback E., Peruski A., VanDyke M., Fernandez L. Arts and Crafts: Critical to Economic Innovation. Economic Development Quarterly. 2013: 27(3): 221-229 Presented at: “Arts, Crafts and STEM Innovation: A Network Approach to Understanding the Creative Knowledge Economy,” The Arts, New Growth Theory and Economic Development Symposium. Washington, D.C., May 2012 VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Pediatric Playroom Sparrow Hospital Lansing, MI; June 2009 – December 2011 HONORS and AWARDS Member: Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Recipient: Board of Trustees’ Award W.K. Kellogg Foundation; May 2013 – Present Michigan State University; April 2013 REFERENCES Janeen Bush Geoffrey Lowes Angela Kolonich David Stroupe Gail Richmond Mentor Teacher Mentor Teacher Field Instructor Professor Professor Jackson High School Jackson High School Michigan State University Michigan State University Michigan State University (517)-990-2002 (734)-502-2384 (517)-331-4136 (517)-353-0664 (517)-432-4854 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
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