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By:Valerie Bragg <[email protected]>
Date: 10 June 2017

I have 5+ years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in the USA (where I am from), and abroad in China and Mexico. I am looking to find a long-term teaching position in a place where I can settle with my family. We are open to teaching almost anywhere, and I am looking for the best opportunity for my extensive experience. I have a wonderful husband (also an ESL teacher) and a young daughter who travel the world with me.

I spent three years as the Lead Teacher and the Head of the Elementary English Program at the prestigious Dongbei Yucai School in Shenyang, China, where I was in charge of the teachers, curriculum, and functioned as the liaison between the foreign teachers and the school administration. Currently, I am a top-rated private tutor online with my company, SnapLingo, booking 20 hours/week. If you'd like to know more, browse my resume below and then contact me!

Resume:

Education & Certifications
2016 (July) TEFL Certification (100 hours) Grade A
2006 – 2010 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, USA
Experience

ESL Tutor (SnapLingo) Present (2017)
Mexico City, Mexico

Conduct one-on-one sessions with elementary-aged students that involve fun and games
Conduct conversation-based sessions with adults focusing on business, travel, or whatever the student chooses
Conduct reading and pronunciation-based sessions with adults and kids
Create unique curriculum to adapt to student needs

Copywriter & Editor (Digital Freelance) Present (2017)
Mexico City, Mexico

Copywriting articles 10 hrs/day and more concerning given topics (online businesses, blogs, and websites)
Specialize in academic writing: English, Social Studies, History, Business
Editor for novels (25,000+ word length)

Director of Programming (Escuela Falcon) December 2016 - March 2017
Guanajuato, Mexico

Bring in new students, prepare them for traveling abroad, and maintain relationships via email
Create Policies & Procedures Manual for the business
Substitute and Teach English classes as needed for students aged 4-25
Manage a team of departments, including Transportation, Homestays/Apartments, IT, & Marketing
Network and maintain relationships with local organizations & businesses to benefit student life

Lead Teacher in English Immersion Program (Northeast Yucai Experimental School) October 2014 - December 2017
Shenyang, China

Teach Social Studies, English, TEFL Writing, Drama, Science, and English Corner
Create curriculum for all classes and prepare materials, using a mix of original and provided texts, etc.
Maintained top English scores in the school every semester in my class.
Built a new, small program into a large, successful program that has a stable and positive future.
Act as mediator between foreign teachers and the school administration
Document curriculum and lesson plans by archiving all documents from all teachers.
Develop fair and consistent discipline system to handle teacher misconduct.
Create teacher community through weekly meetings and group outings; zero rate of teacher turnover

Technical Writer & Document Control Specialist (Presort First Class) October 2013 – October 2014
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Research, document, & develop detailed policies, processes, and procedures (Standard Operating Practices) from scratch.
Develop and implement Drupal collaboration site for company to create consistency and transparency between depts.
Design handouts, worksheets, and outlines for each workshop
Design and conduct group workshops twice a month for 5 months
Training focus on writing & communication skills to enhance employee’s professional skills
Create Change Request process to enable accountability and transparency with every project update.

Welcome Center Education Associate (Wild Animal Sanctuary) Summer 2013
Keenesburg, CO, USA

Engaged in public speaking with hundreds of visitors daily
Readily available to all visitors to share stories, answer questions, and involve them emotionally in the animal sanctuary.
Invested self in the mission statement to rescue captive bred large carnivores from all over the world.

Private Tutor (Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes) Summer 2010
Denver, CO, USA

Training reading, writing, and mathematic concepts to children and adults full time
Established vital relationships with a variety of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, autism, and behavioral challenges.
Professionally trained for over 80 hours on teaching language using creativity, proven concepts, and enthusiasm
Work 8 hours/day in a one-on-one setting with a variety of ages and skill levels

Volunteering

Animal Care (Wild Animal Sanctuary) 2013
Labored additional 16 hrs per month in food preparation and feeding the animals
Lifted and transported 50 lb. barrels of food for over 300 lions, tigers, bears, and 15 other species.
Cleaned and maintained sanitary and professional food facilities afterwards.

Theatre & Stage Experience (Various) 1992-2011
Performed in over 200 productions in twenty years, cast as lead, assisted in prop work & set building
Awarded “Best Student Director” & Hubbard award (or “Outstanding Senior Award”) 2006

Student Staff Member (Grinnell College) 2007-2010
Liaison between individual student life on dorm halls and campus administration
Mediate conflict and settle disputes that arise in a pacifying manner
Developed study breaks designed for general appeal & to accommodate hectic schedules

Soup Kitchen Volunteer (Various) 2006-2007
Seven Day Trip to Kansas City for urban food aid, sought out soup kitchen at Colorado College
Retrieved, cooked, and served donated food to 100 local people, cleaned afterwards (7 day trip)
Connected with locals, learned the stories of the people eating at soup kitchens


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