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Dena R. Aho




-   To obtain a teaching position in a primary classroom



-   Type 03 – Illinois State Elementary Certificate K-9, Middle School endorsements in Social Science, Mathematics, and Business/Marketing/Management


-     DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Master of Education, Teaching & Learning, June 2005; GPA 3.9/4.0

-    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2000; GPA 3.3/4.0


Classroom Teacher, Seward Communication Arts Academy, Chicago, IL, Second Grade, November 2004 - Present

-    Designed and implemented lesson plans for every subject area, utilizing activities that promote student independence, problem solving, critical thinking, and accountability

-    Developed and utilized learning centers in science, math, and language arts to enhance differentiated instruction, appeal to multiple intelligences, and to promote a child-based, hands-on curriculum

-    Implemented writers' workshop, resulting in improved writing grades and reading comprehension during the year

-    Teamed with another grade-level teacher to plan, create, and implement science unit on states of matter free of textbooks, promoting hands-on learning, experimentation, and discovery

-    Incorporated technology into daily activities, utilizing computers for web-quests, research, and writing activities

-    Structured lesson plans to meet needs of various learning levels, including modifications for exceptional students; worked closely with special education teacher to monitor progress of these students and to plan lessons

-    Conducted miscue analysis assessment of students to determine reading level and yearly progress

-    Assessed student performance using a variety of tools, i.e. anecdotal observations, journal entries, experiments, individual and group presentations, and formal assessments

-    Coordinated Fun Day with three other colleagues, including organization of food, games, prizes, entertainment, and security for 385 students in grades PK-2

-    Promoted parental involvement inside and outside of classroom via ongoing communication (i.e., notes, letters home, phone calls) and through engaging parent volunteers during field trips and in-class activities


Student Teacher, Abraham Lincoln School, Chicago, IL, AM and PM Kindergarten, Fall 2004

-    Utilized math, science, language arts, dramatic play centers to promote a child-based, hands-on curriculum

-    Prepared daily read-alouds pertaining to current unit of study and subject matter

-    Conducted ISEL (Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy) assessment with incoming kindergarten students

-    Designed and implemented community unit resulting in improved understanding and identification of community helpers and components of students’ surrounding community

-    Structured lessons to meet needs of various learning levels, including modifications for exceptional students

-    Assessed student performance using a variety of tools, i.e. anecdotal observations, journal entries, and formal assessments


Laura Sprague, Deerfield, IL, Spring 2002

Bell School, Chicago, IL, Fall 2003

Tripp School, Buffalo Grove, IL, Winter 2003

Ravenswood School, Chicago, IL, Winter 2003

East Prairie School, Skokie, IL, Spring 2004

-    Observed in the various elementary classrooms at the above schools in grades K-6

-    Worked with small groups on in-class activities, reading, etc.

-    Created and presented lesson plans in math, science, and language arts to small groups

Junior Achievement Volunteer, Tripp School, Buffalo Grove, IL, Spring 2003

-         Prepared/presented Junior Achievement lesson plans to 2nd grade mixed-ability classroom

-         Assisted students with lesson activities


Quality Assurance Analyst, Hewitt Associates, Lincolnshire, IL, 2000-2004

-         Taught defined benefit knowledge courses for new employees

-         Trained, coached, and mentored new associates

-         Provided on-campus company/role presentations; assisted with company orientation for new employees

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