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  • Tamara Harper Shetron

    Training, Education and Curriculum Development


    My work objectives are to utilize my prior experience educating adults and children through multi-dimensional educational methods including continual assessment and readjustment methods which assure near 100% success rate in every student.
    Employment History
    The Marbridge Foundation
    The Marbridge Foundation is a residential facility which provides medical, social, educational and employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. I performed my graduate research on The Marbridge Foundation with a qualitative analysis of the employee's comprehension of and adherence to the company's mission. Marbridge employs a staff of 80 to provide 24/7 care for a campus of approximately 240 residents living in three separate campuses devided by level of care needed for quality of life.
    Music and Spiritual Instructor
    Manchaca, TX
    December 2007 - Present
    My job is providing training in choral studies, drama, and Bible studies to approximately 100 students. This includes directing three choirs, two of whom travel to area churches and nursing homes to perform. The choirs and drama group work together to produce two annual plays writen and directed by myself. Duties also include facilitating a weekly chapel service, and planning outings to fine arts venues in the Austin area.

    Duties include: curriculum development, classroom management, multi-dimensional instructional methods including board work, physical work, dramatic illustrations involving the development of student problem solving skills, scheduling outings, contacting venues and securing transportation and reservations when necessary, turning in receipts for budgeting purposes, supervision of approximately 30 volunteers, regular communication with parents and other staff, attendance at weekly meetings, production of reports on volunteer hours, activities and educational assessments.
    Hays CISD
    The Hays CISD is a rapidly growing school district currently encompassing 17 campuses.
    Long Term Sub/ Sub
    Barton Middle School, Tom Green Elementary-Kyle, B
    September 2007 - December 2007
    I performed long term subbing for the Barton Middle School choir director which also included teaching health classes. I also performed a long term sub job for the Tom Green Elementary music teacher (6 week positions each).

    Duties included rapid assessment and assimilation into already established classrooms to provide a seamless educational experience with minimal disruption and maximum educational opportunities.

    Middle School experience was a dramatic success- all students threw me a huge party when I left, and all students were testing 90+ in health at my departure. As part of my instructional techniques for health I had students dramatize psychological disorders while others guessed their disorder and prescribed rememdies. I applied Maslov's Heirarchy of Needs to basic health needs the kids were learning, utilized various photographs depicting social situations for them to apply their knowledge of basic levels of health care, etc.

    In six weeks, the choir increased in enthusiasm and planned and held a small impromtu concert for the principal and other classrooms.
    Wallace Middle School
    Wallace Middle School is part of the Hays CISD
    Mariachi Violin Instructor
    September 2005 - June 2007
    Contracted Violin Teacher- taught daily class to beginner violin students (grade six). Return rate- 100%, all students progressed and remained enthusiastic.
    Profesional musician- self-employed
    Professional musician- flutist, piano, organ, violin, guitar and voice.
    Home Studio/Jobs in Community
    September 1986 - Present
    Played in various musical groups including The Eclectic Classical Woodwind Quintet, New Boston Fancy, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, etc.

    Ran private music teaching studio from 1986- current.

    Provide instruction for children and adults on various instruments. Maintain all books, expenses, budgeting, scheduling, renting venues for recitals, planning receptions, etc.

    Developed music appreciation lectures and to deliver to school groups.

    Arranged educational tours for community members to Tanglewood, Boston Ballet, etc.

    Contracted String Instructor at Hollis Upper Elementary School, Hollis, NH

    Appeared recently as guest flutist University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, and guest alto in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Marcos, TX.
    Texas State University
    San Marcos
    July 2006 - December 2009
    MSIS- Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Courses included Human Growth and Development, Leadership Studies, Women's Studies, and Music History, including the History of Music in Texas.

    Special Award: First place in the Occupational Education graduate research forum for oral presentation graduate research in the OCED Dept.

    GPA: 3.92
    SUNY @ Fredonia
    Fredonia, NY
    September 1982 - December 1985
    Primary courses in Music and Theatre. Degree is in Theatre Arts. During this time I did several Theatre internships at professional theatres, including one at the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts in Albany NY which emphasized the use of drama in the classroom. I also took French and German (retained little), and spent some time in Paris, France studying political science.
    Additional Training, Experience
    Certifications include: CPR, First Aid, NADSP (National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals), Non-violent Crisis Prevention, Suzuki Piano and Violin training, Kodaly music training.

    Texas Teaching certfications: Music K-12, Theatre K-12, Special Ed K-12 and Genralist EC-6

    Extensive course development, lecturing and performance experience, excellent Word, Power Point skills, mediocre Excel skills (can be easily taught), some Joomla and Articulate.
    Church pianist and organist for 12+ years in NH
    Interim Choir Director First Baptist Church, Kyle, 2006-2007
    Bible Study leader
    Vacation Bible Study teacher

    Hobbies: Reading, Rowing on Lady Bird Lake with my team the Orgonauts, Travelling, Learning.

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