JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183
Home: 305-555-5555 ▪ Mobile: 305-444-4444
Detail oriented and motivated After School Program Director with extensive experience and training in
various instructional and social service environments. Skilled administrator versed in designing
curriculums and documenting policies and procedures. Fluent in English and Spanish; works to improve
multicultural understanding in children by encouraging sensitivity and respect.
Reggio Emilia Approach ~ Rogerian Counseling Approach
Crisis Management ~ Suicide Assessment Techniques ~ Child Counseling ~ Teaching
Staff Supervision ~ Curriculum Design ~ Child Interaction ~ Marketing
ABC Learning Center – Miami, FL
Tutoring and After School Program Director 20xx – Present
Assist with the design and implementation of educational concepts, programs and curriculum subjects
with an emphasis on the Reggio Emilia approach for a pre-school for children ages three to five years old.
Supervise a team of five teachers. Design evaluation tools, techniques and materials for use in tutoring
classes and after school programs. Compose content for use in all publishing and advertising materials.
Edit documents written by the President and Academic Director. Created and edited all educational and
psychology marketing materials.
Designed and wrote the internal corporate structure guidelines; created the company’s Employee
Manual and School Policies materials.
Designed a Parent Handbook containing the school’s rules / regulations and information on parent
involvement in the academic curriculum.
BCD Learning Center – Miami, FL
After School Program Director 20xx – 20xx
Designed new and improve existing programs regarding early stimulation, parenting, after school
activities, and tutoring; oversaw a staff of three. Directed the center’s After School Program; directed
painting, reading, and writing activities. Assisted children with daily academic assignments and projects.
Identified and addressed specific problems and needs of the students. Reviewed and proofed documents
and information disseminated to parents and staff. Edited all marketing materials prior to use. Reported to
parents regarding student academic and social performance. Designed educational seminars and classes
for parents, professionals, and community members. Act as a tutor.
Spearheaded the development of multicultural workshops / activities and the implementation of
bilingual academic activities.
Re-designed the Employee Manual.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
B.A. - Psychology / Spanish (Double Major) ♦ University of Miami ~ Miami, FL ♦ 20xx
Completed core course in Protection of Human Research Subjects and IRB procedures.
Assisted with research at the Psychology Department / Child Division.
Served as a Crisis and Suicide Volunteer Counselor at the Switchboard of Miami.
Member of Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
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