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Teacher Writer

Houston, TX, 77028
April 24, 2020

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J. Queen Adams

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Dedicated, teacher, mentor and writer committed to using my education and experience to provide a first-class education to my students. Determined to help students compete and thrive in the area of innovative English and Spanish language instruction in a culturally sensitive manner. Write engaging curricula and activities to enhance the learning environment with fun and creativity. TESOL-Certified. Top-notch organizer with excellent verbal and written communications. Able to work well independently and as part of a team.


ESL Instruction Spanish Language Instruction Curriculum Development

Writing/Editing Project Management


Freelance writer/editor for individuals, groups and companies. Draft resumes, cover letters and letters of inquiry. Proofread and edit books, large technical documents, legal briefs and employee training manuals. Also wrote technical training materials for an IT help desk, and a large, international call center.

Substitute teacher for several charter schools in the greater Houston area. Teach core and specialized subjects including reading, math, English and Spanish to students in grades one through 12. Follow regular teacher’s lesson plans in a way that ensures consistency and optimal learning and that encourages students to participate. Assign classwork according to lesson plans. Maintain a well-managed classroom and positive learning environment. Supervise students out of class such as in the hallways and in the cafeteria.

Mentor at-risk youth in a maximum watch oversight program for children in the custody of juvenile prison systems, State custody or private institutions. Provide guidance and compassionate care to troubled youth, ages 8—18, who come from backgrounds of abuse, criminal activity or where parental rights have been terminated. Intervene in conflicts among the youth, employing anger management techniques to diffuse tensions and to redirect aggressive behavior. Daily document behaviors, activities, and any issues of special concern. Write incident reports and recommend needed action to counselors for follow-up. First Aid Certification. Trained in CPI, HIPPA regulations, trauma-based care and de-escalation techniques

Taught English as a Second Language to non-native, adult speakers from various countries. Taught in a multicultural learning environment that emphasized respect for diversity, and enabled international students to learn about their fellow students’ cultures. Developed weekly lesson plans for adult students of various ages and intellectual capabilities. Fostered a culture of teamwork to assist students who needed extra help in comprehending English grammar. Monitored students’ progress and conferred with other teachers to improve the continuity and pertinence of the lessons and learning objectives. Because many students were seeking to become US citizens, I structured lessons around matters of practical living. Wrote curricula in conjunction with assigned textbooks to make the lessons relevant to the needs of students. Drafted and corrected homework assignments, prepared and administered exams and subsequently corrected them. When the Founder of Lado International Institute paid a surprise visit to the school, he overheard the laughter in my class and later told me, “That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.”

Taught Spanish language to students in grades K1 to eighth grade. Developed and created engaging lesson plans to increase their proficiency of the Spanish language as well as aid their learning of Spanish and Hispanic cultures around the world. Graded homework, designed and administered proficiency exams and communicated with the school principal regarding the needs of the students. Enriched the learning environment with age-appropriate educational games and activities, including a field trip where students were only allowed to speak Spanish. Employed real-life dialogs to reinforce classroom training.

As a student teacher, I taught ESL classes to Spanish students from the University of Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Through this practicum, I was able to put the teaching strategies and methodologies learned in my ESL class into practice. After viewing my student performance, my professor told me that I had a “gift to teach.”


Freelance Writer / Editor, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 2001—present

Bilingual Substitute Teacher, Kelly Services, Houston, TX, 2019—present

Direct Care Staff, Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 2015—2019


120 Hours TESOL Certification, International Open Academy, July, 2018

Atlanta Broadcast Institute, Certificate of Completion, Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Arts in Communications / Spanish, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH

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