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Michael Pond

7534 N. Ridge Blvd. #3E

Chicago, IL 60645

EDUCATION

Type Initial Illinois Teaching Certificate (6-12): Social Studies, English, Language Arts

M.A.T.Secondary Education (Social Studies; Middle School Endorsement), National Louis University 2006

M.A.History, DePaul University, 2004

B.A.History, Lake Forest College, 2000

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Areas of teaching competence include U.S. History, African American History, Sociology, American Studies, World History, American Politics and Geography

Seven years as a teacher/educator in formal and non-formal settings with students of diverse ages, abilities and ethnicities

Experience in editing curricula, multiple research methods and the use of computer technology in and outside of the classroom (for research, website development and other)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Social Sciences Teacher, Lindblom Math & Science Academy 2007-Present

Taught World Studies, Global Issues, U.S. History, AP U.S. Government & Politics.  I had the good fortune to create my own elective course: Race & Culture through Hip-Hop.  Led student conference: Think Peace, Take Action! And currently serve as club sponsor for Student Government, GSA, and Eagles Creating Change.

History Teacher, St. Gregory the Great High School, 2005-2007

Taught U.S. History I & II as well as World Studies I & II.  Developed American Race & Culture course.  During this period I have also served as homeroom advisor and Student Government moderator.

Adjunct Professor of History and Politics, St. Augustine University, 2005-Present

I started teaching U.S. History and American Government at St. Augustine in August, 2005.  My classes there are small and diverse, with a student body ranging in age and ethnicity.  In these classes we work as a team to interpret history through group projects, presentations, essay writing and critical thinking.  The students are also encouraged to view history through multiple perspectives.

Student Teacher, Sacred Heart Schools, 2005

I student taught 6th grade World History and 8th grade U.S. History for ten weeks at Sacred Heart Academy.  We concentrated heavily on developing writing and critical thinking skills.  I engaged students in a number of ways including simulations, group projects, online reflection journals and other hands-on activities.

Education Coordinator, Notebaert Nature Museum, 2003-2005

Helped develop curriculum and deliver education programs pertaining to Illinois natural history to Chicagoland students ranging from elementary to college ages.

Substitute Teacher, Francis Parker School, 2003

I have substitute taught at such reputable institutions as Sacred Heart Academy, Francis Parker School and North Shore School.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2003-2004, researched archives at Colorado Historical Society and Newberry Library for Master’s Thesis: Gold Diggers: Boosters and Volunteers in Colorado Territory, 1861-1862

1999-2000, researched Original Records of the Civil War and numerous primary sources for Bachelor’s Thesis: Breaking Propper Chains

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