Resume for Debra K. for Editor / Writer / Publisher / Education & Science in McKinney, Texas
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DEBRA K., MS Ed.
Almond Lane ? McKinney, TX ? m: ? e:
DYNAMIC TRAINER, INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, CURRICULUM
Combines education pedagogy and nearly years of teaching and cuttingedge curriculum
design experience with a penchant for presenting with pizzazz. Successful at conducting client
needs assessments and customizing the training/implementation/ongoing support and
professional development plan and strategies. Expert at designing appealing visual content,
delivering engaging and informative presentations, and conducting summative evaluations of all
sessions to inform upgrades. Highly effective at determining a scope and sequence of skills and
standards in curriculum development, establishing the driving content matter, developing and
executing a product development plan, and studying metrics from evaluations and assessments
to guide changes and enhancements.
Core Competencies and Areas of Strength Include:
Adult Learning Theory
Custom Professional Learning Experiences
Differentiated Curriculum Development
Curriculum Implementation and Support
SelfDirected Work Ethic
Creative Learning and Training Approaches
Data Analysis and ProblemSolving
Best Practices in Education
Approaches to Intervention
Multiple Learning Theories
TIME TO KNOW, Yafo, Israel
Instructional Coach to
Coached teams of teachers in best practices, constructivist learning theory, and curriculum
implementation using a Digital Teaching Platform DTP. Primary directive was the creation of all
training materials, instigating a pilot, and revising the training materials within tight deadlines.
Helped new teachers acclimate to a to technology model by providing training and
Raised scores on standardized tests in ELA and math by successfully preparing teachers
and piloting Time to Know materials in Texas school districts.
Increased usage time and data acquisition by coaching teams of math and ELA teachers in
planning the incorporation of Time to Know materials into their daily and longrange
Reduced the time teachers spent preparing for each lesson by proposing and generating
prototypes for miniprofessional development modules, accessible through many
electronic devices, including smart phones.
ELA Curriculum and Assessment Writer to
Established digital English Language Arts curriculum offerings for US students in third, fourth,
and fifth grades. Initial challenge was meshing the available digital tools with the pedagogical
needs of elementary students, and requesting new tools to be created. Researched and
developed a threeyear scope and sequence of standards and skills and implemented a
backward design approach to generate over , hours of digital content.
Increased marketability by spearheading a writing team to generate a complementary
curriculum to meet the needs of gifted and advanced students, enabling the sales team to
market materials to a wider number of potential clients.
Added value to ELA curricula by playing a central role in the development of a curriculum
supplement aimed at providing appropriate scaffolding for struggling students.
Decreased production time by devising innovative methods to use, and combine, existing
templates on the content generation tools.
Math Curriculum Writer to
Repurposed existing Hebrew mathematics content to fit curricular needs of US fourth graders.
Preliminary task was translation and improvement of Hebrew instructions, reorganizing existing
lessons to an appropriate scope and sequence, and conducting a needs assessment of
additional applets for the digital curriculum.
Provided new materials for the Hebrew department by creating multiple storylines and
relevant problems based on the existing amusement park theme.
Increased student achievement by assisting in the development of a review component
which intuitively cycled students through sets of spiraled practice skills, helping teachers
determine areas for reinforcement.
MCGEEK. ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS, Plano, TX
CoFounder, Author, Chief Editor
Founded a publishing company dedicated to helping teachers provide differentiated instruction
for gifted and advanced students. Initial goals were to author two lines of K curricula, for
multiage and gradespecific classrooms. Later achievements were the development of science
enrichment materials, resources to help promote research skills, and critical thinking activities.
Established a line of professional development opportunities and provided training across the US
and internationally. Sold company to Prufrock Press in .
Enriched the pedagogical knowledge of teachers implementing M*K curricula and
increased sales by crafting and delivering customized implementation and professional
Increased marketability and ease of usage by negotiating license agreements to provide
M*K materials online.
Amplified sales outside conferences by identifying potential customers and building
relationships through training sessions, marketing materials, and cold calling.
Attained name recognition in the education community by designing a format, style guide,
and branding for all McGeeK. M*K products and marketing materials.
Exceeded all production deadlines by recruiting and managing a team of writers, editors,
graphic design artists, and printers.
VOYAGER EXPANDED LEARNING, Dallas, TX
Contract Content Developer/ Director of Intermediate Curriculum
Played a key role in the generation of all summer enrichment curricula for elementary students.
Provided expertise in curriculum development for intermediate grades.
Assisted teachers in providing enrichment activities in science and social studies standards
by authoring , semesterlong curriculum guides for K.
Delivered a stronger connection between language arts and science by writing seven
illustrated children’s books that enhanced the content presented in the lessons.
Improved marketability of curricula by proposing and leading development of three
interactive CDROMs to accompany curriculum materials.
MCKINNEY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: Multiage, Third Grade, and Second
PLEASANTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: Third Grade Teacher
HONORS AND AWARDS
Outstanding Curriculum Award, National Association for Gifted Children
Curriculum Division: ;
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society,
• Texas Association for Gifted Children, ;
• Phi Kappa Phi, present
Master of Science in Educational Psychology ? Gifted Education ? University of North
Texas, Denton, TX
Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Early Childhood Education ? Texas Tech
University, Lubbock, TX
A complete list of writing samples, published writing, presentations, and presentation
topics is available upon request.
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