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EFFIE KOUTROS

20 Halley Street

Yonkers, NY 10704

Mobile: 914-772-1905

Email: ekoutros1@aol.com

 

OBJECTIVE:       Seeking a challenging position as a creative, innovative and visionary leader that utilizes my passion for teaching and solid skills to further facilitate learning, contribute to the growth and empowerment of students, and encourage life-long learners.


 

EDUCATION:     HERBERT H. LEHMAN COLLEGE, CUNY, Bronx, New York

Master of Science in Educational Leadership – Expected Degree September 2010

Master of Science in Education – May 2005                     

Bachelor of Arts – May 2002                                               

 


CERTIFICATION:           

  • New York State Permanent Certification,  Elementary, Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth
  • New York State Professional Certification, Literacy, First through Sixth

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:           

 

09/02/03 to Present           

YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Yonkers, New York

Rosemarie Ann Siragusa International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School

 Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Create and implement curriculum for individual, small group, whole group, and differentiated instruction to a broad range of academic levels and learning styles
  • Design and implement daily innovative lesson plans that capture student interest and that are aligned with NYS Standards and prepare students for the 4th grade NYS standardized assessments
  • Develop a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for children through organizing units of teaching, which integrate thematic and international content, transdisciplinary skills, and student attitudes and attributes
  • Incorporate the inquiry method of teaching to facilitate to student learning and self discovery
  • Provide support and feedback to students through observation, modeling, and conferences
  • Organize and maintain ongoing student portfolio assessments that reflect change and growth
  • Participate in ongoing vertical articulation and weekly congruence meetings with staff members to meet student needs and annual teacher and school goals
  • Foster ongoing communication with parents through student-led and teacher-led conferences and through electronic mail correspondence
  • Prepare and administer a myriad of formative and summative unit assessments that measure student understanding
  • Provide individualized targeted instruction for Title I, III, and enrichment students both during and after school
  • Integrate classroom technology as a tool for learning with use of  SmartBoard
  • Create effective kid-friendly rubrics to build positive academic and social habits for students

 

11/22/02 to 06/27/03           

YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Yonkers, New York

Paideia 24

Third Grade Teacher

  • Devised interactive and hands-on lessons that utilized manipulatives to stimulate students
  • Enhanced and promoted positive character development using a behavior modification system that focused on student praise, consequences, and attitudes
  • Incorporated shared inquiry discussions to promote reading, higher-order thinking, and sharing of ideas

 

SUMMER SESSIONS:

07/04 to 07/09                       

YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Yonkers, New York

Summer Targeted Instruction Teacher

  • Employ and model targeted reading, writing, and listening from the emergent to independent reading levels
  • Use a myriad of balanced literacy instruction, including guided reading, shared reading, interactive and shared writing, word study and readers and writers workshop
  • Build essential skills in math instruction through hands-on and experiential learning

 

CONFERENCES/

WORKSHOPS: 

  • A myriad of district-wide staff development workshops in the areas of English Language Arts and mathematics
  • Columbia Education: Teachers College Technology Infusion Grant
  • Challenging Questions to Challenge Students, in-service course on developing higher-order thinking skills and questioning strategies
  • GIBS Inquiry Workshop For PYP and MYP Practitioners at the American Museum of Natural History
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, 2005
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, 2004
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, 2003
  • Understanding by Design, framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments, and instruction
  • Junior Great Books Foundation
  • Open Court Literacy Training
  • Reading Strategies Success For all Learners
  • Mathematics Curriculum Collaboration Among Professionals

 

PRESENTATIONS:           

  • Planned, designed, and conducted district-wide workshop for fifth grade teachers in listening, reading, and writing
  • Planned, designed, and conducted several annual Parent’s Guide to NYS Testing workshops
  • Planned, designed, conducted, and implemented school-wide student e-portfolios
  • Planned, designed, and conducted Netrekker and NY Learns workshop to staff members
  • Math 24 Game liaison and turnkey site-based trainer
  • Trained staff members on the grading of the NYS fourth grade assessments
  • Turn-key trainer and site-administrator for E-Chalk, district-wide email system

 

ADDITIONAL

LEADERSHIP:

  • Member of the Language Arts Policy Committee
  • Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee
  • Member of the Professional Development Committee
  • Member of the Parental Involvement Committee
  • Member of the Public Relations YFT Committee
  • Chairperson of the Shared Decision Making Committee
  • Fifth Grade Exhibition Mentor
  • Assistant Union Representative
  • Participate in annual community Storybook Bonanza and Riverfront Library Family Day

 

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Pursuing National Education Association (NEA) membership, New York
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • The Great Books Foundation     
  • International Baccalaureate Organization
  • Parent Teacher Association

 

SKILLS:                       

  • Language: Fluent in Greek and advanced knowledge of Spanish
  • Technology: Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Print Shop and SmartBoard technology
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