123 Elm Street Miami, FL 33183 (305) 555-5555 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mu seu m Ed u cat or wit h P assio n f or In t r od u cing t h e Co m m u nit y t o t h e J oy of Ar t
Charismatic art education coordinator and instructor with outstanding presentation and curriculum development skills.
Knowledgeable in art history. Talent for creating multiple forms of visual art. Exceptional interpersonal skills. Adept at
managing multiple projects simultaneously. Analytical, articulate, and organized.
ABC SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Miami, FL
Sculpture Teacher (20xx – 20xx)
Instructed 30 high school students. Developed and presented standards-based lessons. Directed students working with
local artist on grant-funded project. Aided with annual fund-raisers and solicited donations from local businesses.
Collaborated with fellow staff members on joint projects.
Advised students who won awards in regional and national art competitions.
Led three students in mural painting as part of school beautification project.
Increased efficiency by developing new storage system for materials and tools.
BCD MUSEUM OF ART, Miami, FL
Art Instructor (20xx – 20xx)
Taught weekend hands-on art classes to students ages six through twelve. Prepared art materials for lessons. Demonstrated
use of art materials and tools. Led students on tours of museum and contributed to success of various museum community
events. Selected to mentor high school students performing community service.
Increased popularity of course, reaching capacity with new and returning students.
Developed new courses, including “Make Art Like a Master” and “Animals in Art.”
CDE ART INSTITUTE, Miami, FL
Summer Art Camp Instructor (20xx – 20xx)
Led pre-teen students in art activities. Created art lessons incorporating museum collections, including multi-cultural art
projects. Prepared materials and examples for children’s art projects. Guided students on educational tours of museum.
Organized art exhibition for closing reception to showcase students’ work.
XYZ SCHOOL, Miami, FL
Substitute Teacher (20xx – Present)
Teach up to 30 elementary through middle school students following established lesson plans. Based on performance,
frequently requested to substitute for teachers.
XYZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Miami, FL
Head Lab Monitor, Photographic and Digital Studies (20xx – 20xx)
Supervised two student workers and maintained orderly lab operations. Developed image library.
XYZ STATE UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL XYZ UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL
Master of Education Bachelor of Fine Arts
Member, National Art Education Association Volunteer, Visual Arts Center, Miami, FL
Mac and PC platforms; Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and Illustrator
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