December 15, 2010 Dear Pre-service Teacher, Thank you for your interest in the Houston Museum of Natural Science teaching assistant program. Successful applicants will work in the Museum’s Xplorations summer camp program; interacting with children, organizing classroom materials and projects, and generally assisting our teachers and gaining classroom experience. Teaching assistant applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree and are currently pre-service teachers may be paid $12.25 per hour. Please note that there are a limited number of positions available. Teaching assistant applicants should have an interest in teaching and in education, science, natural history and related fields. Additionally, they should communicate well with children and adults, demonstrate initiative, and have a positive attitude. Previous participation as a Houston Museum of Natural Science volunteer is an advantage. To apply for the teaching assistant position, please complete all enclosed forms. In addition, we ask for one letter of recommendation from a teacher or supervisor who has worked with you before. This letter of recommendation must not be from a relative or from an HMNS employee. Use the checklist on the following page to ensure you have completed all steps of the application process. Applications will be accepted from this point until March 15, 2011. After all materials are received, you may be asked to interview at the Museum. Interviews will be scheduled beginning February 2011. You will be notified in writing by May 7, 2011 of whether or not you have been accepted as a teaching assistant. Please note that if you are invited to work at the Museum, there will be a mandatory training and orientation session on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Allison Kellogg will be handling the paperwork for Teaching Assistants. If you have any questions or need any assistance with the information in this packet please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, Carolyn Leap Teaching Assistant Coordinator Houston Museum of Natural Science 1 Hermann Circle Drive Houston, TX 77030 2011 Teaching Assistant Application Checklist This checklist will help ensure you have done everything necessary to apply for the 2011 Xplorations teaching assistant program. □ Please keep this page and the cover letter for your reference. Read the preceding letter thoroughly before you begin your paperwork. You are responsible for all the information it contains. □ Print and complete all following forms: □ New Applicant Contact Information □ Teaching Assistant Availability Form □ Teaching Assistant Interview Availability Form □ Short Responses □ Get one letter of recommendation from a teacher or supervisor who has worked with you before. This letter may not be from an HMNS employee. The letter should be sealed and signed by the recommender and included in your complete application packet. □ MAIL OR DELIVER A PRINTED COPY OF YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION TO THE ADDRESS BELOW. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 15, 2011. Do not return any application materials electronically. Allison Kellogg—Education Department Houston Museum of Natural Science One Hermann Circle Drive Houston, TX 77030 □ Put the May 21 orientation session on your calendar. If accepted into the program, attendance is mandatory. Keep this page and the preceding letter for your reference. Please take note of mandatory training dates! Please contact Allison Kellogg with any questions at email@example.com. NEW 2011 New Teaching Assistant Applicant Contact Information 2011 Personal Information Full Name: Last First Middle Initial Nickname / I prefer to be called: Home Phone: Mobile Phone: Email Address: Permanent Address: Street Address Apt. # City State Zip Code Birth Date: Age on June 1, 2011: Month Day Year College/University: Graduation date : Major: Uniform T-Shirt Size (please circle): Youth L Adult M Adult L Adult XL Adult XXL Years worked as an HMNS Ecoteen (if applicable): ____________________________________ Emergency Contact Information Please list two individuals who may be contacted in the event of an emergency. Name: Relationship to you: Daytime Phone: Evening Phone: Mobile Phone: Name: Relationship to you: Daytime Phone: Evening Phone: Mobile Phone: NEW 2011 2011 Teaching Assistant Availability Form Applicant Name: Please note: This form is not a guarantee of employment, or of a particular schedule. Do not commit to any weeks you would not be able to honor completely. You must be able to work full work days (no dentist appointments, etc.) on all days of all weeks you select below! Teaching assistants work Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, unless otherwise specified. I am available to work the following weeks (please check the boxes): HMNS Location Camps (1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX) □ Week One*: June 6 - June 10 □ Week Two*: June 13 - June 17 Week Three: Sugarland Camps only □ Week Four: June 27 - July 1 □ Week Five: July 5 - July 8 (Tuesday—Friday) Week Six: Sugarland Camps only □ Week Seven: July 18 - July 22 □ Week Eight: July 25 - July 29 Week Nine: Sugarland Camps only □ Week Ten*: August 8 - August 12 □ Week Eleven*:August 15 - August 19 I would prefer to work a total of (circle one): 3 4 5 6 7 8 weeks. NOTE: Priority may be given to applicants who are available many weeks and for weeks indicated by ‘*’. NEW 2011 2011 Teaching Assistant Interview Availability Form Applicant Name: You may be asked to interview at the Museum. Interviews will be very brief (approximately ten minutes). Please cross off only the times/days you are absolutely unable to interview. If you have a preferred date/time, you may write that below the chart, but we may be unable to schedule you at that time. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 3:45 pm 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm Interview times will be confirmed via email, please be sure you have provided us with an email address that you check frequently. □ Check here if you attend school out of town and prefer to interview by phone. NEW 2011 2011 New Applicant Short Responses Answer in the space provided below or on a separate page. Applicant Name: By submitting this application to the Houston Museum of Natural Science Education department for review I agree that all information included in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. Ideas shared here are my own. Please list or describe your previous volunteer experience, if any. Include organization served, specific duties or projects, duration and frequency (hours per week or month). Please list or describe your previous paid work experience, if any. Include organization or business name, specific duties or projects, duration and frequency (hours per week or month). Please list or describe your recent extracurricular activities other than those above. Include duration and hours per week or month, responsibilities or leadership positions, and specific duties or projects if applicable. Please list or describe your recent classroom management experience. Include duration and hours per week or month, responsibilities and specific duties or projects if applicable. Why do you want to work as a teaching assistant at the Houston Museum of Natural Science?
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