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Hello fellow educators & supporters of education!

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but shortly after moved to the east coast into Loudoun County, Virginia. Currently, I am a 3rd grade position in Hillsboro Charter Academy a tuition-free public charter school specializing in PBL (Problem and Project-Based Learning) and STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focused curriculum. Check out our Hillsboro LCPS website here. This school is a community-based school in Loudoun County that became re-dedicated in 2016 to a charter in order to preserve Hillsboro traditions and blend these community norms with hi-tech 21st century thinking as well as teaching as a cutting-edge elementary school teaching coding basics, the engineering process, and more starting at the Kindergarten level. The school has one class per grade level which makes the community feel very unique and all the teachers work as a team to support K-5 projects and programming. We often start with a morning meeting school-wide, work on cross-grade grouping to help remediate and extend students who need the support as well as work with the town to plan community-based programming to get our families and local community involved in the school.

Previously, I taught English in Malaysia on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) government grant for the year. I am working in a rural community in the conservative east coast state in Kelantan. My school consisted of 100% Muslim Malay students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. I learned the local dialect called "Kelate" that the students speak as well as conversational Bahasa Melayu, the official language, to translate in class, get around when travelling, and while visiting schools in other parts of Malaysia. I assisted all English teachers at my school with weekly classes as well as leading sections of my own in all forms for students ages 12-17 years old. In addition to participating in classroom pedagogy, I ran after-school co-curricular programs including drama, chorale speaking, and English clinics for additional cultural exchange and English acquisition focusing on activities related to American culture and language. As part of the program I planned several "camps" or interactive English projects for my students. My projects this year consisted of a cumulative environmental unit local beach clean up project, school-wide competition for a selective confidence-building talent show day, as well as a girls' empowerment workshop with guest speaker, and an additional US Embassy Grant funded program to build the English library at my school. I took students to the local city in our state to visit bookstores and pick appropriate books for their library, enjoy lunch, then go to a local university for a campus tour and talk about the importance of English in higher education life and beyond. Lastly, I co-planned a statewide vocational arts camp, partnering with young artists from various backgrounds to mentor and teach specific art forms to some disadvantaged students who show promise or interest in art to take on a new skill and present their work in a display to be shared publicly. We received extensive private funding, got a lot of news coverage since it was a first-time event, and involved the Royal family from my state in the programming for the students to have unique educational and vocational experiences outside of the classroom.

After I finished student teaching in Williamsburg, VA at Matoaka Elementary School, I continued to substitute for the district dealing with varying levels of primary and secondary education students before going to manage an after-school social development program called Drama Kids until I left for Malaysia. During this experience I worked with very diverse students whose parents were looking for an additional resource to help their child's school performance and confidence to improve. During my time being there we focused more on primary student development as I lead and trained the staff as well as doubled the class offerings. I also attended the nationwide 2014 Drama Kids Conference in Dallas, TX with the other owners and business managers of the franchise. I taught my own classes as well as managed year-long planning, curriculum development and guidance, as well as marketing for the class offerings. This program furthered my interest in arts education, seeing the student growth both in social skill development and English language acquisition.

I graduated with an M. Ed. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Children's Literacy at The College of William and Mary in 2014. I received my B.A. in English and Theater in 2013 at The College as well and have been involved in a variety of activities during my educational career here.

My teaching philosophy as an educator deals with teaching literacy, career readiness skills, and socialization skills to children, beginning at a young age through engaging theatrical techniques which build academic as well as practical life skills such as develop leadership abilities, think creatively, build self-esteem, gain confidence, improve public speaking skills, teamwork, learn about diversity in theatrical arts, expose the value in childrens’ ideas, find their purpose in life, and build upon social skills to face whatever future problems they must endure.

Please use this introduction as a guide to get to know me personally a bit better and my pages to navigate through my pedagogical experiences as well as curriculum examples. Thank you for touring my eFolio page. Feel free to contact me with any further questions: addie.schafer@lcps.org.