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Desired Industry: Education/Teaching/Training SpiderID: 56416
Desired Job Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Date Posted: 12/17/2011
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date: 12/19/11
Desired Wage:
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Experienced with over 2 years experience Willing to Travel: Yes, Less Than 25%
Highest Degree Attained: Masters Willing to Relocate: Yes

Ellen Meranze
20718 Charlevoix Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
meranzie@gmail.com or meranzie@yahoo.com
313-331-8283 (home) 313-643-0063 (cell)
December 2011

Dear Sir/Madam:

I am writing to express my interest in the teaching and/or tutoring positions. For the past year and a half I have been tutoring children of all ages in all subject areas. At my previous job I worked as the Dean of Students, an Advisor, the Class Dean for the Class of 2011 and the Class Dean for the Class of 2012. I was also the coordinator of our 9th Grade Retreat, the Director of Summer School and the Co-Director of Summer Camp. In addition, I taught a combined class of French II and French II Honors students as well as a combined class of French III and French III Honors students. Two years ago I also designed and taught a French Independent Study and a Leadership Skills for 9th grade students. Since my departure I have been teaching/tutoring students of all ages one-on-one in a variety of subjects. I have worked with students ranging in age from ten years old to adults on everything from organization, time management skills, standardized test preparation, regular test preparation, math, reading, vocabulary, geometry, physics, biology, and research and paper writing.

Over the past 22 years, I have come to realize that I truly enjoy all aspects of education, in particular, administrative work. I want to be directly involved in how schools run and how they view the future for all of their constituencies. This is why I am currently looking for a job as an Assistant or Associate Director of Upper School, an Upper or Middle School Director or a Director of Studies or similar position. I continue to be interested in the Dean of Students position as well, but I am confident that I am ready for more. My varied experiences have enabled me to hone my skills as a leader, a disciplinarian, a mentor and an advocate for students, parents and teachers.

I have worked all over the country and am very excited about the idea of working in a new location. I have worked with children of all ages, although primarily with high school age students. I have mentored adults and college age students. I have worked with many different types of people with many different leadership styles and backgrounds. The one constant has always been the joy that my work brings me. The joy of solving a problem for a parent, student or colleague or maybe that day when the quiet student comes to share a story with me; there is nothing like that.

I will bring these many experiences and this joy with me wherever I go. One of the most exciting aspects of being involved in education is that things change each and every day and that there is always more to learn and experience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Ellen Meranze



Lakeside School, Seattle Washington Summer ‘10

• Created curriculum and taught two classes to middle school students

University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods MI Sep ’04 – Jun ‘10

Dean of Students ’08-‘10, Grade Dean, French Teacher, Coach

• Supervised, tracked and created opportunities for Community Service for all Upper School Students, tracked Extra-Curricular Activities for Upper School Students, scheduled and facilitated all Assemblies, handled all minor discipline, participated in all aspects of handling major disciplinary events, advised students on scheduling which included: schedule changes and course selections, coordinated all field trips
• Created and taught a Leadership Skills class to all ninth grade students, coordinated program that included: Leadership Skills, Library Skills, Learning Skills, First Aid, Nutrition and Project Adventure activities
• Worked with class of 2008 for three years and class of 2011 since September 2007: responsibilities include monitoring, advising and updating five adults as advisors and working with students as an advisor, disciplinarian, mentor, activity coordinator and liaison between teachers and families
• Taught and tutored first through fourth year French classes, incorporated audio, visual, textual, computer and interactive projects
• Created and taught an Independent Study in French that was literature based
• Coached Field Hockey (two years), Swimming (five years) and Girls’ Lacrosse (two years) at the Varsity and Junior Varsity Level

Co-Coordinator Ninth Grade Retreat Sep ’04 – Jun ‘10

• Updated curriculum for program by changing schedule, adding activities and investigating other programs
• Met with all chaperones daily and before and after program to assess the quality and value of each activity, the order of events and to gather more information
• Communicated with faculty at the school about the program and how the absences from school should be handled
• Organized all details such as reservations, transportation and payment well in advance of event
• Purchased all supplies needed for the event while also tracking when items needed to be replenished or replaced

Director of Summer School Summer ’07 08, ‘09

• Hired all faculty and determined salary for all employees
• Worked with faculty from whole school community to elicit both teachers and new ideas for the curriculum
• Worked with faculty and publications office on course descriptions
• Worked with faculty and Business Office to determine needs for each class and to ensure that they arrived on time
• Worked with school Business Manager to determine cost of each class
• Worked with teachers to handle any parental concerns and any disciplinary issues
• Handled all enrollment and mailings
• Managed attendance
• Requested, proofed and mailed all reports cards

Co-Director of Summer Camp Summer ‘07, ‘08, ‘09

• Worked with other Co-Director on hiring of staff and setting salaries
• Planned agendas for all meetings: orientation meetings, weekly staff meetings and post camp debrief meetings
• Co-wrote and updated a new counselor handbook
• Helped to create a Counselor in Training Program
• Handled day to day issues involving parents, campers and staff
• Organized special events during camp
• Made all final decisions concerning dismissal of either campers or staff
• Oversaw the creation of all schedules and documents for parents, staff and campers
• Made morning and afternoon announcements for staff and campers
• Ran all staff meetings: pre-camp, during camp and post-camp

Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA Sep ’95 - Jun ‘04

Director of Residence “00-‘03, Teacher, Dorm Head, Resident Faculty Member, Coach, Class Counselor/Sponsor

• Ran residential program of 260 students and 27 adults in 6 dormitories. Responsibilities included: holding weekly Dorm Head meetings, overseeing all dorm related discipline, managing residential budget, planning formal dinners and related activities, running meetings with resident faculty and prefects, working with Residence Council to plan weeknight and weekend activities, overseeing and approving all weekend and vacation passes for students, and training and working with all dormitory prefects
• Taught and tutored first through fourth year French classes, incorporated audio, visual, textual and computer materials
• Supervised 50 boys as a Resident Faculty Member. Responsibilities included counseling, academic supervision, discipline and general management
• Served as a Dorm Head for 50 students and then 30 9th grade students. Responsibilities included: communication with and supervision of dorm prefects and dorm resident faculty members, budget issues, as well as counseling, academic supervision and discipline
• Coached JV Field Hockey for 5 years and JV Girls’ Lacrosse for 3 years
• Worked with junior class on academic scheduling and course selection and school requirements. Helped to plan and supervise all class events including prom
• Helped chose, train, instruct and advise 35 dorm prefects throughout the school year. (’00-’03) Addressed social, academic, emotional and disciplinary issues
• Served as adult advisor to Residence Council, the body charged with creating, organizing and implementing activities specifically for the residential community
• Chaperoned large group of students on a European Performance Tour and worked backstage during performances of “Oklahoma”
• Chaperoned large groups of juniors as they visited colleges both in Southern California and throughout the East Coast
• Trained, instructed and guided many students on high and low element ropes course
• Worked with Outdoor Education Program as a co-leader on a ten-day wilderness trip
• Worked with student volunteers to create and present a Martin Luther King assembly

Camp Director, Dir of Academics, Asst Camp Dir, Teacher, Evening Supervisor Summer ’97-’98, ’00-‘03

• Handled all hiring for summer ’02, ‘03 staff members
• Managed entire camp budget including all compensation, scholarship and reimbursements decisions
• Managed all camper issues: workshops, sports, residents, day campers, emergencies – 140 campers aged 10-15
• Assigned counselors to their workshops, scheduled campers in their chosen workshops, monitored all workshops on a daily basis and supervised the proofreading of comments
• Assisted Director with daily running of camp in all areas
• Taught and planned classes in French, Math Skills and Study Skills
• Supervised evening activities and bedtime of campers
• Served as a referee for athletic activities at the pool

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Science in Education-Secondary French May 1993
PA Instructional I Certification-Secondary French May 1993
Master of Liberal Arts-20th Cent. French Women’s Lit May 1992
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Bachelor of Arts-French Studies May 1988
Honors: Student Leadership and Service Award May 1988
Gaviglio Prize for Excellence in French May 1988

• School Year Abroad Program for Teachers, Brittany, France Summer 1994
• David Mallery Seminar – First Five Years of the Teaching Career April 1995
• David Mallery Seminar – Westtown Seminar on Teaching June 1997
• People to People Chaperone – Australia/New Zealand June 1999
• TABS Residential Life Workshop July 1999
• TABS Conference, Washington DC December 1999
• Stanley H. King Counseling Institute August 2000
• TABS Conference, Washington DC December 2000
• ISACS Evaluation Team, Cleveland OH October 2008
• David Mallery Seminar – The Administrator’s Life January 2009

I am a member of NAIS and also serve on the Grosse Pointe Relay for Life Planning Committee.

After so many years of teaching my skills are many. I am cofortable using computers, and many other electronics for teaching. I work very well with others and all constiuencies such as: students, parents, teachers, and administrators. I am very organized and truly dedicated to education.

Additional Information:
Ellen Meranze – Educator and Student

I have spent my entire life in the world of education. As a student, I learned that certain styles worked for me while others did not. Those that worked came from those teachers who pushed me, listened to me, checked up on me and had the patience to work with me whenever I asked for help. I learned that I had to ask for help when I needed it and that I myself had to learn to listen to the praise, the constructive criticism and the suggestions. I learned that while much of the knowledge I gained came from interactions in a classroom, there was also much to be gained from those around me outside the classroom. These were all life lessons that I carry with me to this day.

I have spent the last twenty one years as an educator, both in and out of the classroom. I have worked with children of all ages, though primarily with high school age students. I have also worked with college age adults and colleagues. I have been a teacher, a coach, a dorm resident, a residential director, a camp director, a summer school director, an advisor, a class dean, a dean of students and a mentor. Those life lessons from my years as a student have served me well and have allowed me to grow and learn as an educator.

Opportunities to both teach and learn are around us every day. They are in the classrooms, on the playing fields, on the buses, in the halls, at the shopping malls and on computers. As educators, we need to look around and find those moments. We need to see every person that we encounter as both a teacher and a learner. We must always remember that we can never allow ourselves to stagnate or to forget that life continues to change dramatically for us and for all those around us. We cannot be afraid to ask questions and learn what our students are watching, hearing and doing online. In addition, we need to be open to learning from our colleagues and from our own experiences. A lesson/discussion that does not work the way that we had planned offers us much to learn. A successful encounter with a colleague, parent or student is one that leaves us knowing more about ourselves and our constituents.

In my journey from teacher/coach/dorm resident to teacher/administrator, I have learned to acknowledge both my strengths and weaknesses. I have also learned that my chosen path is to use the administrative route. I enjoy my time with students, colleagues and parents. All of these encounters give me important insight into the students that I am responsible for, their own backgrounds and the other adults with whom they are interacting at school. This allows me to determine the best route to help. Listening is one of the most important skills necessary for me to do my job well. Listening without judging is the way that things must be done. Often listening without responding can be the most helpful to those who seek me out. Advice and support are also key components to successful interactions. One must simply learn when to listen and when to speak.

Generosity is an important characteristic that helps determine who I am and how I do my job. By this I mean generosity of time, of spirit, of the heart and of the mind. When I give of myself I gain much in return. It is by giving that I learn. It is by giving that I help and guide. As I have traveled through this journey, I have shared my experiences, knowledge and love of learning with many. I have also had many who have shared with me.

The world of education has been the driving force behind how I have run my life. I love to learn about myself and others and I enjoy helping others see the value in this type of learning. The many directions that my professional life has taken me have helped me to develop the skills that are necessary to be directly involved in the way that schools run. Schools need to be guided by the desire to help their students be prepared to be valuable contributors to the future. The experiences that students have at school need to help build their confidence but also help to teach them how to make choices, how to deal with disappointments and how to work with as many different people as possible.

The world is changing and we must change with it. I am ready to help all those around to face the changes and the future.

Available upon request.

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