Kirstin Roberts

Early Childhood Educator

   Chicago, IL    773.227.7873

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OBJECTIVE
To obtain a teaching or education coordinator position in an early childhood classroom, museum center, or other educational setting for the young child.


EDUCATION
B.A. in Early Childhood Education
Area of concentration in Latin American Arts, Culture, and History
August 2006, Columbia College, Chicago


CERTIFICATION
Illinois Early Childhood Education Type 04, August 2006.
Currently pursuing the State of IL English as Second Language Teaching Endorsement


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
February 2010-present
Teacher in a CPS Preschool for All classroom
Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Demonstration Center, 6100 W. Diversey, Chicago

In a Reggio-Emilia inspired program, worked as part of a collaborative classroom and grade level team to plan and implement curricular goals and lessons for a diverse group of 3-5 year old children. Worked closely with parent volunteers on a daily basis to implement emergent curriculum that exceeded State of Illinois early learning standards. Created extensive documentation of classroom activities, including learning-story panels, paper portfolios, and digital portfolios in order to demonstrate learning and increase parent awareness and participation. Created a strong pro-social and problem-solving classroom culture in which young children developed into co-creators of a calm and joyful learning environment. Utilized the Teaching Strategy Gold online assessment rubric as well as teacher created assessment tools. Participated in NAEYC accreditation process, including the creation of classroom learning portfolio.


March 2009-February 2010
Lead Teacher in a State Pre-K classroom
Children's Place Association, 1800 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago

In a setting devoted to meeting the needs of medically complex children impacted by HIV and AIDS, led a team of teachers and support staff in meeting the diverse needs of 3-5 year olds. Planned and implemented classroom activities that met and exceeded Illinois Early Learning Standards within the framework of Illinois State Pre-K guidelines and objectives, as well as those of Headstart. Supervised the work of two cooperating teachers and other support staff. Used the Creative Curriculum assessment rubric and maintained extensive learning portfolios for all children in order to authentically evaluate and plan for effective teaching strategies and classroom environment. Developed a strong visual and performing arts program integrated across the curriculum. Worked with parents and family members in and out of the classroom to better meet the needs of students.


July 2008-May 2009
Respite Provider for families with special needs children
Lifelink Foster Care Services, 700 N. Sacramento Blvd. #300, Chicago

Provide family-based direct service including home visitation, childcare, service planning, intervention, education and assistance to families providing foster care to children with a variety of special needs. Work closely with bilingual and monolingual Spanish speaking families and children to provide services. Work as part of a team of caseworkers and paraprofessionals to plan and implement care.


January 2008-present
Copy Editor of literature for children and young adults
Haymarket Books, 4015 N. Rockwell Ave., Chicago

Work closely with authors, illustrators, and large publishing team to prepare text and illustrations for press. Assess and advise publishing team on age-appropriateness and quality of text and illustrations under consideration for publication.


September 2006-June 2007
Head Teacher in a State Pre-K classroom
Marillac House Preschool, 212 South Francisco Ave., Chicago

Planned and implemented classroom activities that met the needs of individual children and were based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards within the framework of Illinois State Pre-K guidelines and objectives, as well as those of Headstart. Supervised the work of two cooperating teachers and other support staff. Used the Creative Curriculum assessment rubric and maintained extensive learning portfolios for all children in order to authentically evaluate and plan for effective teaching strategies and classroom environment. Worked closely with parents and paraprofessionals to develop and implement individualized learning plans for students with a variety of special needs. Utilized a number of methods to develop and strengthen school-to-home connections and successfully implemented a year-long family volunteer program in the classroom.


MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
National Association for the Education of Young Children
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance


HONORS
Visiting Scholar, Reggio Emilia, Italy Municipal Preschool System, May 2006
Recipient, Columbia College Dean's List, 2005 and 2006
Recipient, Michelle McCart Academic Scholarship, 2005


REFERENCES
Provided upon request.