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Lakeland, Florida, 33805, United States
January 18, 2012

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* **** Melody Lane, Lakeland, Florida 33805

* (863) ***.**** * (863) ***.**** * /


Chemical Education, Science Education, STEM Education

Visionary and proactive professional, with substantial years of teaching experience. Exhibit outstanding record of success in maximizing the effectiveness of educational programs for students, teachers, and other staff. Display proven expertise in developing training materials and facilitating interesting activities through comprehensive needs assessment. An educational specialist with positive, can-do attitude, and genuine compassion for others.

Demonstrate outstanding multitasking ability in completing numerous responsibilities, ensuring maximum student potential

Dedicated to discovering new things and innovating ideas on existing phenomenon

Results-driven, solid team player, and trustworthy professional with superior organizational and communication skills crucial in developing strong and lasting relationships

Technically proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, EndNote, QuickTime, DSS, Image Viewer, iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, and Graphical Analysis


Classroom Instruction and Motivation

Performance Evaluation

Special Needs Assessment

Student Supervision

Curriculum Development and Improvement

Program Management and Coordination

Strategic Planning

Conflict Resolution


Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, with Concentration in Chemical Education: 2009

University of South Florida Tampa, FL

Dissertation Title: Productive Whole-Class Discussions: A Qualitative Analysis of Peer Leader Behaviors in General Chemistry

Master of Arts in Chemistry: 2005

University of South Florida Tampa, FL

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Education

Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL

Associate of Arts in Biology

Polk Community College, Lakeland, FL


State of Florida Department of Education Professional Educator’s Certificate #611584

Biology (Grades 6-12), Chemistry (Grades 6-12), General Science (Grades 5-9)

Florida Performance Measurement System Training (Professional Orientation Program for Peer Teachers)

William Glasser Institute Reality Therapy Certification (Basic and Advanced Intensive Components)


University of South Florida Tampa, FL 2010–2011

Peer Leader Coordinator

Supported the implementation of a pedagogical program designed to stimulate student participation in chemistry by screening, registering, and mentoring participants

Proactively participated in the planning, design, and implementation of curriculum development by triangulating peer-leading activities with classroom lectures and laboratory assignments

Produced quantitative and qualitative measures to accurately assess program progress; generated a system to provide feedback on a regular basis

General Chemistry Visiting Instructor 2006–2007; 2009–2011

Created and presented comprehensive lectures for a high-volume chemistry classes comprised of over 200 students

Drafted and evaluated thought-provoking tests

Sponsored final review study sessions for more than 2000 students, led student interventions, and offered course recommendations for all concerned students

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2002–2006; 2007–2009

Facilitated pre-semester training, recruitment, schedules and room assignments, payroll, and instructional packages

Formulated journal prompts and provided comments that brought positive changes in peer leader observation and questioning abilities

Videotaped and compiled various peer-led classes and group training sessions; designed dynamic videos to foster a thought-provoking environment, enhancing student awareness

Auburndale High School Auburndale, FL 1999–2003

High School Chemistry Teacher

Developed curriculums for advanced placement chemistry and environmental science classes; as well as constructed a formative instrument to aid in diagnosis and approximation of success in AP chemistry

Ordered, maintained, and tracked the stockroom inventory; ensured availability of all chemicals used by science teachers

Coached and enhanced teaching skills of several beginning science teachers


Lake Gibson Middle School Lakeland, FL

Middle School Science Teacher

Winter Haven High School Winter Haven, FL

High School Environmental Science, Biology, and Chemistry Teacher

Publix Danish Bakery Lakeland, FL

Quality Control Technician

Zimmite Corporation Cleveland, OH

Laboratory Technician

Lakeland General Hospital Lakeland, FL

Laboratory Clerk





American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

National Research in Science Teaching (NARST)


Den Mother, Tiger Cub Scouts

Leader, Girls in Action

Facilitator/Sponsor, Earth Club

Sponsor, Anchor Club (Community service club)

Programming Chair, convention with more than 2000 participants

Volunteer tutor, disadvantaged individuals, retired community members, and single mothers

Summer Volunteer, educating individuals about germs and cleanliness in Thailand and Niger


Eckart, Teresa; Sandi-Urena, Santiago; and Gatlin, Todd “GTA Gains from General Chemistry Laboratory Instruction.” 21st Biennial Conference of Chemical Education, Denton, Texas, August 1, 2010.

Sandi-Urena, S.; Gatlin, T.; and Eckart, T. “Effect of Facilitating General Chemistry Laboratories on Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Development as Scientists.” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 20-25, 2010.

Eckart, T.; Sandi-Urena, S.; Gatlin, T. “Gaining Understandings of Teaching Assistants’ Experiences in the Laboratory through a Phenomenological Approach.” Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition, Innisbrook, Florida, May 15, 2009.

Eckart, T. and Lewis, J. “Peer Leaders do POGIL: What Creates Productive Whole-Class Discussions?” Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Bloomington, Indiana, July 28, 2008.

Eckart, T.; Varma-Nelson, P.; and Lewis, J. “To Journal or Not to Journal, That is not the Question: Fundamentals for Reflective Peer Leader Training.” Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, West Lafayette, Indiana, August 02, 2006.

Sadler, T.; Eckart, T.; Lewis, J.; and Whitley, K. (2005). “It’s a Gas! An Exploration of the Physical Nature of Gases.” Science Scope, 29(3), 12-14.

Lewis, J. E.; Sadler, T. D., Eckart, T.; and Whitley, K. "Science Literacy and Information Literacy In a Middle School," Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Fall Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, CINF-48. August 2004.

Eckart, T. and Lewis, J. “One Graduate Teaching Assistant’s Experiences: Implications for GTA Training.” Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Ames, IA, July 22, 2004.

Whitley, K. M.; Sadler, T. D.; Eckart, T.; and Lewis, J. E. "Information Literacy Teamed with Science Literacy," Peer-reviewed poster session at Annual Meeting, Special Libraries Association, Nashville, TN, June 7, 2004.

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