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Suzanne M. Hume

Tutoring, Assessment, Consulting, and Coaching Services

CA Certified Teacher, Reading and ESL Specialist, M.A.

shume@skillbuilder.biz

  • Building Skills To Maximize Performance and Increase Achievement
  • Teaching, tutoring, coaching and mentoring students of all ages
  • Leading workshops and classes for students, parents, teachers, community groups and schools
  • Teaching effective strategies and skills for success in reading, writing, math, speech, ESL, presentations, interviews, test prep, behavior modification, transitions
  • Assessing strengths, identifying obstacles,  tailoring an individual plan 
  • Writing curriculum and lesson plans to help teachers, parents and schools unlock the Common Core 



Literacy Trainer,  Reading Specialist, 
BTSA Trainer, Coach and Mentor, Immigrant Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher

Escondido Union School District

 

November 1998 – 2014Escondido, California

Literacy Trainer, Coach and Reading Specialist: Led a low performing school to double CST scores, doubling the number of students scoring above the 50% on CST, STAR, standardized test and significantly increasing scores in all areas and make the greatest gains in district on CST for 3 years in EUSD. Performed a Needs Analysis using data and observation. Created action plans to identified top training and teaching materials and methods and locate “holes.” Selected and implemented reading programs, Step Up to Writing and wrote curriculum for missing standards. Trained teachers, instructional assistants, parents and volunteers to use brain based, effective teaching methods and key skills and strategies for teaching reading, ESL, second language students and special needs students. Challenged all students, including gifted students to ask and answer higher level thinking questions and solve complex problems. Targeted reading, writing, outlining, comprehension, vocabulary skills, word attack skills and study skills. 

District BTSA Trainer: Trained and coached beginning teachers to become effective teachers, to score 4 out of 4 on observations by administration using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession to measure performance. Created training materials and presentations. Conducted observations and gave performance based and data based assessments. Worked with colleagues to improve teacher effectiveness and increase student learning, DAIT, SAT, SST, PPR, IIUSP, and conducted internal reviews for CCR and PQR.

Lead District Literacy Trainer and Reading Specialist: Created training programs and develop curriculum to increase student achievement and proficiency as measured on the CST, District Writing Assessment, DRA and other assessments.

Classroom teacher: Increased test scores in all areas and worked to bring out the best in
each student, academically and socially.

Immigrant Resource Teacher: Facilitated services for English language learners.  Trained classified staff, speaking 32 different languages, to work with students who had recently immigrated to the U.S..  Wrote curriculum and lesson plans that were easy to follow and implement.  Demonstrated teaching methods and best practices for teaching survival English and reading skills.  Served as a liaison between the schools, the families, and the district office.
 

Adjunct Professor, Trainer, Coach

Brandman University

 2009 –  School of Education, Brandman University, Chapman University

Significantly increased pass rate on Cal TPA Task 4 video tape and lesson plan needed by teachers for CA teaching credential. Prepared student teachers to use powerful brain based teaching strategies and effective interventions for English language learners, special needs and gifted students. Coached student teachers and teachers, k-12 to use best practices for instruction, assessment, lesson planning, and classroom management in English, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, visual and performing arts, health and physical education.

Taught courses and trained students, teachers and business professionals to use the most effective teaching, interviewing and presentation skills. Used assessments and observations to target areas for improvement, set measurable goals, track progress and celebrate successes. Created and implemented innovative curriculum materials and resources for professional development.

Used assessments of learning style, aptitude and personality along with performance based observations to help students target a career path and their ideal job. 

Coached students and business professional professionals to improve their speaking and writing skills, nail their interview and land that job!

ESL Teacher, English Coach for Business Professionals, International Center for American English

International Center for American English

 

1997 – 1998  La Jolla, CA

Taught ESL classes to international business professionals and students. Coached business people to correctly use business terms, buzz words and expressions as well as practice their English skills.
 

Juvenile Court and Community School, teaching in programs for homeless special needs, pregnant teens

San Diego County Office of Education

 

1997 – 1998 San Diego

My greatest accomplishment: Watching a teenaged mom tell her baby that she had just earned her first A in school. Teaching a learning challenged, teenaged mom how to study, set goals and believe in herself was one of my most personal life accomplishments.
 

English As A Second Language teacher, drama performances,comprehension, vocabulary, math, science

Poway Unified School District

 

1995 – 1997Poway, California

English as A Second Language Teacher: CLAD Certification to Teach ESL. Used assessment to drive instruction. Worked with each student to determine and master academic vocabulary and concepts. Worked with students and their families on English language skills. Used effective methods and materials, hands-on instruction, technology and visuals to progress students to higher levels.

Gifted and Talented Teacher: GATE Certification. Significant gains on CST scores by 60% of students. Increased students test scores including students who moved from the 8th to the 9th stanine, standard nine test measurement. Used Junior Great Books, the Stock Market, guest speakers and innovative curriculum to challenge students and maximize their potential. 

Highest pass rate in the district on 4th Grade Writing Proficiency Test.
 

Teacher, 6th- 8th grades

Pojoaque Valley Schools

 

1994 – 1995  Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico

Teacher, Fund Raiser: Taught Native American students from 6 local pueblos as well as those in the neighboring communities. Participated in training for teaching Native American students. Attended feast day celebrations with students and their families. Organized and raised funds and support for the first Native American group of students to go to Europe. Taught Affective Skills to help students practice interviewing skills, write resumes and prepare for their future. Taught reading, math, social studies and science.
 

Teacher

Fort Zumwalt School District

 

1991 – 1994O'Fallon, MO

Classroom teacher: Used visual and performing arts, multiple intelligences and learning style assessments to differentiate instruction and provide an optimal learning environment for each student at this Title One School. Helped every student participate in musicals and talent shows. Won a science grant from a Discover Toy Contest.