Kalena Michelle Davis-Jackson



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Kalena Michelle Davis-Jackson

4066 Whistler Drive

Douglasville, GA 30135

Email: earlycollegelit@yahoo.com

404-317-8417

EDUCATION Mercer University

Specialist Degree Candidate

School Counseling

Atlanta, Georgia



Mercer University Miles College

M.A., Reading Education B.A., English

Atlanta, Georgia Birmingham, Alabama


TEACHING and COUNSELING EXPERIENCE
Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA August 2003- Present

Language Arts Instructor/ Grade Level Team Leader/ELA Team Leader- Carver Early College High School

Utilize current strategies and theories to organize and implement structured lessons. Instruct students through discussions, visual aids, and cooperative learning.



  • Assist collaborative planning with other disciplines (create Interdisciplinary Units)

  • Prepare lesson plans that effectively cover Georgia Common Core Standards

  • Administer various types of assessments that track student mastery

  • Develop departmental curriculum goals and instructional strategies

  • Lead professional development sessions for ELA teachers

  • Developed ELA high stakes test review sessions (Georgia High School Graduation Tests, Georgia End of Course Tests)

  • Developed Advisement Curriculum

  • Initiated ELA team Writing Portfolio Initiative

  • Maintained a 95% passage rate on the ELA-Georgia High School Graduation Test

  • Maintained a 100% passage rate on the Georgia High School Writing Test- Fall 2010-12

  • Maintained a 97% passage rate on the American Literature End- of -Course Test

  • Chosen as one of four teachers in the district to facilitate a research-based reading course

  • Served as Instructional Coach (2008-09)

  • Served on Leadership Team (2009-11)

  • Supervised Debate Team and sponsored school climate activities

  • Served on the High School Transformation Team

  • Build and maintain positive parent-teacher relationships

  • Implemented government funded program, (ERO), targeted towards struggling readers (2006-07)

  • Coordinated 9th grade reading activities and initiate new programs (2006-07)


APS Summer School, Atlanta, GA 2012 and 2013

Language Arts Instructor/TFA Mentor- Summer Institute

Provide instruction for recovering students in the areas of research and writing. Instruct students through cooperative learning and research based assignments/presentations. Supervise TFA candidates.



  • Assess and evaluate student writing

  • Prepare students for success on the Georgia High School Writing Test

  • Create lessons that prepare students for college level writing

  • Served as mentor to Teacher for America beginning teachers


KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School, Atlanta, GA Fall 2013

School Counselor Intern

Work under supervision to provide support for all students academically, personally, and socially.



  • Counsel students in grades 9-11 using cognitive behavioral, reality and person centered approaches to address depression, conflict resolution, and academic performance.

  • Counsel students in short-term crisis situations such as bullying or classroom behavior issues.

  • Create classroom guidance lesson plans. Topics include conflict resolution, note taking strategies and time management.

  • Assist with decreasing the number of unexcused absences through follow-up phone calls and letters to parents.


KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School, Atlanta, GA Fall 2014

School Counselor/Advisory Liaison

Provide support for all students academically, personally, and socially.



  • Counsel students in grades 9-11 using cognitive behavioral, reality and person centered approaches to address depression, conflict resolution, and academic performance.

  • Counsel students in short-term crisis situations such as bullying or classroom behavior issues.

  • Create classroom guidance lesson plans. Topics include conflict resolution, note taking strategies and time management.

  • Assist with decreasing the number of unexcused absences through follow-up phone calls and letters to parents.

  • Serve as the liaison for the development of a structured advisory

  • Provide support for teachers in completing :transcript audits; college and career readiness lesson plans; and financial literacy workshops


CERTIFICATIONS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Level 5 (T-5) Teaching Certificate in English/Language Arts 6-12
Teach for America Alumni 2003
ELA Writing Strategies Professional Development Presenter – Atlanta Public Schools Office of High Schools Spring 2011 and Fall 2012

Add-on Certification- Reading Specialist - 2011


Teacher for America Mentor- 2006-2007
Summer Institute Curriculum Design Team
Cooperating Teacher/ Intern Supervisor- Clark Atlanta University in collaboration with Carver Early College-2011-2012
Host Teacher for International Teacher Exchange Program 2011
Level 5 (S-5) School Counseling Certification

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AWARDS
Washington High School Teacher of the Year Award 2003
Carver Early College Teacher of the Year Award 2009
Coca-Cola Teacher of the Year Award 2010
Barkley Forum and the Atlanta Urban Debate League 2004
Coach Contribution Award 2007-2008- Barkley Forum and the Atlanta Urban Debate League
Teen Trendsetters Atlanta Trailblazing Teacher Award 2010
Host Teacher- Teacher of Excellence and Achievement Program 2011 – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs /International Research and Exchange Board
Slater Elementary School – School Partner Award 2011 (Trendsetters Mentors)
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi- 3.8 GPA Mercer University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION(S)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Reading Association (IRA)

American School Counselors Association (ASCA)

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SPONSORED ACTIVITIES

National Beta Club National Honor Society Yearbook Teen Parenting



Drama Senior Class Teen Trendsetters Poetry Club

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