Karen Calechman is seeking to obtain a position with responsibilities utilizing expertise with education organizations and institutions in program development, marketing, community relations, coordination and implementation of workshops, activities, event planning and promotion. She is looking to utilize her extensive background in early childhood, elementary and adult education.
KAREN CALECHMAN Long Beach, CA 90808, 562-420-9856 KCalechman@yahoo.com OBJECTIVE To obtain a position with responsibilities utilizing expertise with education organizations and institutions in program development, marketing, community relations, coordination and implementation of workshops, activities, event planning and promotion. To utilize extensive background in early childhood, elementary and adult education. KEY QUALIFICATIONS Innovative and creative in development, promotion, event planning and coordination Effective, result-focused writing and marketing abilities Excellent written and verbal communication skills as newsletter editor, author of articles; and editor of elementary curriculum program lessons and program materials Detail-oriented organizational and problem-solving skills, particularly in identifying options and resources Demonstrated excellence in networking and public relations Proficient in strategic planning from conception through development, implementation and evaluation Effective leader and team player, adaptable and resourceful in new environments Solid analytical skills developed through leadership, academic and teaching experiences Superb communication, presentation and interpersonal skills PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2010: Preschool Teacher, Alpert Jewish Community Center Preschool, Long Beach, CA Combined Reggio Emilia Informed teaching philosophy and methods, with Constructivist pedagogical philosophy and Science Inquiry Methods and Techniques to create an evolving curriculum used in teaching a 3 year old preschool class Partnered with parents during parent conferences to collaborate, inform and advise them to facilitate their child’s learning Taught specialty afternoon classes using same philosophies and methods Supervised afternoon child care classes 2006-2009: Outreach/Program Coordinator, P.I.M.M.S., Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT Seamlessly directed all coordination between CT Utilities Companies’ eesmarts™ unique energy education program, PIMMS teacher education professional development workshops and CT school districts Marketed and promoted program to educators, administrators, board of education members and legislators to exceed program goals in 2006-2009 Coordinated all aspects of workshops, exhibits, summer institutes and conferences Developed and taught PreK-2nd grade Continuing Education Unit (CEU) teacher workshops Created ideas and content for program’s web pages Consistently increased teacher participation numbers through extensive teacher support, networking, and fine-tuning workshop content for enhanced quality Catalyst for CT State Dept. of Education and CT Assoc. of Schools’ program recognition Aligned program to support CT State Science Framework Editor in the program curriculum lessons revision and field trip program content Represented program’s interests as member of Governor’s Climate Change Education Committee 2004-2006: Program Coordinator (short-term contract), Competitive Resources, Inc., Wallingford, CT Head of Department that promoted energy efficiency curriculum in Connecticut school districts Effectively directed a team of curriculum representatives to meet program goals Developed and customized innovative marketing/ promotional strategies Successfully implemented curriculum in 5,000 Connecticut classrooms Achieved branded program recognition in just two years Wrote agendas and reports for major utility companies Managed inventory control, order, shipping and data input processes KAREN CALECHMAN-Page 2 2003-2004: Regional S.E. Connecticut Sales Manager, Hertz Educational Furniture Systems, Inc, Mahwah, NJ Consulted with school districts to facilitate learning by enhancing physical classroom environment Researched, identified and cultivated relationships with prospective school districts and architects Developed and grew loyal clientele base within territory with detailed attention to customer service Used knowledge of student learning environments to identify furniture needs and goals for schools Researched bid opportunities and assisted in bid preparation 1998-2002: Educational Sales Specialist, Dushkin/McGraw-Hill Publishers, Guilford, CT Educational consultant to university and college professors in all disciplines of teacher preparation programs Developed Dushkin’s first authors’ acquisition system Promoted books, electronic materials and events, adhering to budget restrictions while successfully reaching large numbers of constituents Met or exceeded annual sales goals, generating $1.3 million in sales in 2000, $143,000 over goal Recruited and acquired 4 editors/authors including a national education icon Created sales in new market with unique book title in response to discovered needs Developed effective market feedback system to amend books, generating increased business and revenue Developed new strategies which increased sales by identifying and acquiring new customers 1995-1998: Special Education Aide, Mary T. Murphy Elementary School, Branford, CT Identified needs and learning goals for school and students Extended efforts beyond job requirements to develop speakers program for student enrichment Enhanced curriculum through presentations of specific subject matter Facilitated learning, using appropriate techniques for special education students 1996-1997: Religious School Teacher and Youth Group Advisor, Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison, CT Engaged 1st graders in active learning and expanded curriculum offerings Teamed to create a “perfectly planned and facilitated” 20th Anniversary Temple Dinner and Dance, which earned $5,000 profit for Temple Directed and advised teens in event planning and organization building to make Youth Group “the most successful we’ve had in years!” 1990-1995: Preschool Teacher, Jewish Community Centers, Tampa, Florida and Woodbridge, CT Identified needs and goals for preschools’ future focus in conjunction with teaching Developed and implemented strategies to raise funds for new school building by facilitating presentations and workshops based on students’ and parents’ interests Promoted community center and preschool events Developed effective relationships with local media for promotional efforts Motivated contributors to assist in attaining organizational goals by donating money or skills Wrote and edited articles, newsletters and advertisements for school campaign, successfully generating interest in school building project 1988-1990: Assistant Director and Teacher, Ramstein Air Base Religious School, Ramstein, Germany Developed and taught curriculum Created, organized and implemented holiday activities and festivals 1986-1988: Assistant Teacher, Jewish Community Center, Norfolk, VA Targeted, negotiated with, and contracted authors, speakers and performers Promoted community and educational events including contact with local media for promotion Chaired and coordinated Literary Festival/Book Fair, cultural arts events and concerts, consistently selling out 1,200-seat venue, raising funds for Children’s Hospital and Community Center KAREN CALECHMAN-Page 3 VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS Parent Leadership Council, Emerson College, Boston, MA Annual Appeal and Reunion Gift Agent, Mount Holyoke College Development Office, South Hadley, MA Special Projects and Research Assistant, Yale-New Haven Hospital Development Office, New Haven, CT Steering Committee, United Jewish Federation of the Shoreline, Guilford, CT Chairperson, Cultural Events Committee, Jewish Community Center, Norfolk, VA Chairperson, Preschool Curriculum Development Committee, Nashua, NH Organizer, Learning Festivals, Community Centers in Norfolk, VA; Tampa, FL and Woodbridge, CT Facilitator, Accreditation Process, Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center at Yale Medical School and Jewish Community Center Preschool, Tampa, FL Connecticut State Scholar Award EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS Reggio Emilia Philosophy, Pedagogy, Techniques and Methods-Training and workshops at various schools in Los Angeles area Inquiry Institute Graduate, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT Professional Sales Certificate, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Guilford, CT State of Connecticut, The Alternate Route to Teacher Certification Program-Certification Endorsement-Middle Grades 4-8, #006, Hartford, CT State of Connecticut, Childcare Inclusion Training-Connecticut Methods of Inclusion, Woodbridge, CT Child Development Associate Degree-Hillsborough County Community College, Tampa, FL-Early Childhood Development and N.A.E.Y.C. guidelines Graduate Course Work, Early Childhood Development-Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA Bachelor of Arts Degree-Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA Double Major - English Literature and Russian Language
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