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Alexa Sheets

280B Doster Road, Plainwell MI 49080

Teaching Portfolio:

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
Bachelors of Arts, English
Concentrations in Secondary Education and English as a Second Language
G.P.A. 3.69, Deans List every semester

May 2015

Teaching Experience
Okemos High School; Okemos, MI
Aug. 2015 May 2016
Intern Teacher
Designed and implemented units and lessons to meet the learning needs of 10 th and 11th grade English
Literature students
Identified solutions related to instruction challenges, in collaboration with mentor teacher and
department staff
Evaluated student performance in multiple arenas, including writing, reading, and critical thinking
Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
Jan. 2015 May 2015
Co-taught a professional college writing course for first generation and international college students
Conceptualized and executed lessons to teach writing skills to diverse students
Facilitated small and large group discussions about culture and language
Webberville Middle School; Webberville, MI
Sept. Dec. 2014
Pre-Service Teacher
Achieved lesson objectives for 20 middle school students, using varied teaching strategies
Instructed students individually to improve reading practices and interpretation through selfreflection, utilizing strengths to develop weak areas
Collaborated with professional teaching staff to foster a healthy learning environment
East Lansing High School; East Lansing, MI
Sept. Dec. 2014
Pre-Service Teacher ESL classroom [English as a Second Language]
Developed and successfully implemented lesson objectives for 20 English language learners
Coached a diverse group of students to identify growth areas impacting content knowledge and
language proficiency
Applied multicultural education theory to enhance learning
McDonald Middle School; East Lansing, MI
Sept. Dec. 2013
Pre-Service Teacher
Tutored students to achieve specific goals identified during my in-class observation of master teacher
Analyzed and prioritized areas of student need so that realistic, achievable goals could be developed
R.E.A.D Program; East Lansing, MI
Sept. 2013 May 2014
Tutored disadvantaged elementary students in various subjects
Led and supervised after-school activities to optimize the learning environment

Other Experience
Campus Crusade for Christ; East Lansing, MI
Aug. 2011 May 2015
Student Leader, serving multiple roles
Conducted a 15-person weekly bible study group for two years, developing and delivering objectives
and content
Designed and initiated team building activities
Led a team that planned and implemented large community events (over 500 college students),
including creating a strategy and timeline, delegating tasks, collaborating with vendors and venue
staff, facilitating meetings, and motivating team members to stay on-task
Mentored freshman and sophomore college women weekly
Emceed large CRU event audiences (400+ people) frequently; trained others to emcee large events
Sype Family; Okemos, MI
Aug. 2014 Aug. 2015
Provided child care for two pre-teen children
Tutored, transported, supervised, and engaged children in wholesome activities
Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
July Aug. 2014
Junior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Education
Planned and implemented large and small events, in collaboration with Deans Executive Assistant
Streamlined the overall office operation
Conducted special projects independently, as assigned by the Executive Assistant
Grand River Coffee Caf; East Lansing, MI
Trained new employees
Supervised opening and closing of business

Aug. Dec. 2013

Camp Geneva; Holland, MI

June Aug. 2013
Camp Counselor
Supervised middle school girls (24/7) attending overnight, week-long camp
Collaborated with a team of co-counselors to conceptualize and implement camp activities related to
ministry, interest groups, musical theater, crafts, community outreach, and camper integrity
Counseled girls individually and in small groups on topics ranging from homesickness to faith
Empowered campers to develop confidence and positive character attributes during their identityforming years
Freelance Musician; Southwest, MI
Aug. 2011 present
Classically trained violinist (electric and acoustic)
Played electric and acoustic violin in multiple CRU worship bands throughout college
Performed in solo, duet, trio, quartet, and group performances at weddings and other special events
Related Experience
Additional college experiences allowed me to develop relevant, goal-oriented communication skills:
Flexible, effective contributor to a team
o Server in East Neighborhood Dining Hall at Michigan State University
o Server at McDonalds restaurant
o Babysitter (multiple circumstances, in addition to the aforementioned nannying position)
o Community volunteer (continual, varied experiences)

Determined and successful fund-raiser

o Raised funds for 9 domestic and international mission trips (5 in college)