Connie J. Sponheim
Health: Excellent (no restrictions)
Ms. Sponheim's career in teaching began at the age of twelve in her father’s day camp in Los Angeles, California. She has taught for the last 20 years n both Washington and California, at the middle and high school levels. Subjects include English, speech, Theatre Arts, ESL and social studies. Her teaching credentials were earned from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Washington. With testimonials and many positive letters of reference from administrators and supervisors, she will motivate and inspire students in the school or program that selects her.
JOB OBJECTIVES: *Secondary teacher of English, Drama, Speech, ESL and Social Studies
*Elementary teacher, 3rd to 6th
*Drama & Creativity Specialist – All grades
Innovative, enthusiastic, persistent, resourceful, with the ability to work well with small or large groups; identify problems and find solutions.
Creates cutting-edge methodology to engage and motivate her students
Highly successful learning and interpersonal relationships with diverse student groups
Skilled in the teaching of English, speech, drama, ESL and performing arts projects
Director of successful theatrical projects; specifically 50 plays and musicals.
CREDENTIALS : ESL Certification, LLC Program, UC Berkeley, CA Single-Subject – English, speech & drama – Clear
Credential, (CA) - UC Berkeley
Elementary – Multi-Subject, K-12, WA Life Credential– University of Washington, Seattle, WA
EDUCATION: M.A. – Dramatic Literature Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
B.A. - Theatre Arts/Education UC, Santa Barbara, CA TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Fall, 2015: Worked in various skilled jobs for WorkAway.com in/near Sydney, Australia, Hawaii and Mexico.
Summer, 2015: Taught 6-week Summer Arts Conservatory for Synergy Academy, Issaquah, WA
Set Teacher for Michael Landon Jr. in 'Heaven Sent', feature film, 2014
Substitute teacher for Edmonds School District, WA, all grades, all subjects, 2015
Tutor and substitute teacher for all grades in Seattle and Whidbey Island areas of WA, 2012-2014
Eastside College Prep, E. Palo Alto, 2009-2011,
Teacher/Director of Theatre Arts
The Hispanic University, San Jose, CA – English, speech, writing/summer program- 2008
Los Gatos High School, 9th & 10th English/Speech, Nov-May, ’07-‘08 Redwood MS, Napa, CA -6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies/Drama,
Aragon High, San Mateo, CA - 9-12th Drama & all-school Musical,’05-’06
Oak Park High, Oak Park, CA- English, 9th/10th, ’03-‘04 Chief Kanim Middle School, Fall City, WA,
Taught 6th grade Drama and directed all-school 6th-8th musicals, part- time position, ’99-‘01
Carnation Elementary, Carnation, WA, Taught Voyager
Music & Drama, grades K-8 in the Homeschool Program ….Directed two plays, ’98-‘99
Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA, 50%,
Taught tenth-grade English, with emphasis on writing and literature.
Valley View Middle School, Snohomish, WA 7th-12th grade English & Drama
Created 7th& 8th grade Drama curriculum for a program that included two plays per year.
Taught 8th grade Language Arts and 7th grade Block. Worked with all departments to integrate curriculum.
Taught Six-Trait Writing to staff members. ’88-’98 (Tenured position) ELEMENTARY
Machias Elementary, Snohomish, WA 50%
Developed 5th grade curriculum geared toward a challenging population. Effectively used Positive Discipline and class meetings to help students learn to self-manage. Included Six-Trait Writing, Cooperative Learning, The Seven Intelligence’s and Concept-based Learning in my curriculum, ’96-‘97 OTHER TEACHING
SUBSTITUTE TEACHING --Los Angeles Unified, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes,
Torrance, and Long Beach Schools,CA—Taught all-subjects, K-12 TEACHING ASSISTANT, Theatre Dept., Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA …Coordinated and participated in the Shakespeare Tour to Washington schools. Directed the Children’s Theatre Tour to Ellensberg. Taught Introduction to Theatre. Wrote and performed in Masters’ Thesis project. Accomplished other special staff projects.
TUTOR, Chateau Educational Enterprises, Redmond, WA (2002 –2004) All subjects & levels
TUTOR, Bright Apple Tutoring, Thousand Oaks, CA (2004-2005) All subjects & levels ADDITIONAL SKILLS/TRAINING:
Teacher of speech at The Communication Academy, Cupertino, CA, K-6th grade, ’06-‘07
HOUSE MANAGER, Everett Performing Arts Theatre, Everett, WA Established House Manager duties for all performances. Organized and scheduled 100 volunteers…’94-‘95
LECTURER for The Heart of Learning at Bastyr College, WA - June ’97,
a symposium for integrating the arts throughout all learning. Created ARTS curriculum for Snohomish Fine Arts Task Force. ’93-‘96 LECTURER for The Heritage Institute, Seattle, WA
Taught “Enliven Any Subject Through Drama” and other graduate courses to elementary and secondary educators. ’93-‘03
LECTURER –Trained teachers in “Energizing your Classroom”, eighty (80) teachers
in Tacoma,WA.. (Hired by Ken Wilson…’92)
TEACHER/Director of children’s theatre classes and shows for Redmond Parks, 2nd Story Rep,
Soundview School, and Driftwood Players, WA ‘91-‘99 LECTURER, Led a two-day Creative Arts Masters’ class for Lesley College Graduate Program
Created the coursework and performed student assessment for twenty-five elementary and secondary educators, Gig Harbor, WA, ’90 LECTURER –Held a two-hour puppetry workshop for eighty (80) Educational Assistants in the Northshore School District, WA, ’89 DIRECTED thirty (50) theatrical productions.
Acted in thirty (40) theatrical productions.
PUBLIC RELATIONS, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
Performed diverse tasks in merchandising, operations, & entertainment Personal Interests: I enjoy cooking, singing, acting, comedy Standup, kayaking, camping, hiking,
sailing, sewing, crafting, board games, movies,
volunteering, journaling, sketching, painting,
poetry writing, play-writing, and traveling.
PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF TRAINING:
Seven Intelligences’/Six-Trait Writing/Learning Styles /Quality Schools
ITIP/TESA/Concept-based Learning/Arts Essential
Thinking Skills/Positive Classroom Mgmt./Child Psychology HONORS & MEMBERSHIPS: Current: Bentley Award,
Bellingham Theatre Guild, Dialect Coach, 2013
Director: Best Show – Driftwood Players, Edmonds, Washington Irene Ryan Award – Performance Finalist
Union of Concerned Scientists
Educational and Environmental groups
REFERENCES: Chris Bischof, Eastside College Prep, 650/688- 0850
AnnRene Joseph, WA State Arts Coordinator 425/788-3392 (unlisted) Other references as needed