Sara Toppe


Early Childhood and Elementary Education Dual Certification December 2015

Towson University, Towson, MD

  • Major GPA: 3.8; Dean’s List Spring 2014- present

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification May 2015

Young Learners and Teen’s Certification

The Language House, Prague, Czech Republic

90-hour Early Childhood Certification June 2011

Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD

Field Experience

Forest Ridge Elementary School Laurel, MD

Teacher Intern, Full Time (Second Grade/Kindergarten) August-December 2015

  • Assist classroom teacher with routines, transitions, classroom management, and lessons
  • Plan and teach math lessons to below grade level learners with a wide range of abilities
  • Complete running records and sight word practice with a below grade level second grade student that is new to Forest Ridge
  • Adapt and modify social studies lessons to benefit the hands-on learning style of the students in my class
  • Implement language arts lessons with an emphasis on comprehension and composition
  • Attend professional development meetings (including MAP training, suicide prevention, PBIS)
  • Participate and support classroom teacher in faculty meetings, grade level planning, parent/teacher conferences, back-to-school night, and open house

The Language House

TEFL and YLT CertificationPrague, CZ

  • 3 hours Beginner (A1) 2015
  • 3 hours Pre-Intermediate (A2)
  • 3 hours Upper Intermediate (B2)
  • 3 hours one-on-one

Jeffers Hill Elementary School Columbia, MD

Part-time Intern (Third Grade) January-May 2015

  • Modified and differentiated language arts lessons for below grade level to above grade level readers
  • Taught science lessons that allowed students to access interactive resources on laptops
  • Implemented a variety of math lessons to above grade level learners by incorporating movement and music
  • Collaborated with special educator and ESOL teacher to meet the needs of all students
  • Attended PARCC training session
  • Participated as a Towson intern representative for professional development school meetings
  • Organized a before school book club for 4th-5th grade students to improve reading proficiency

Rockburn Elementary School Elkridge, MD

Part-time Intern (Kindergarten) August- December 2014

  • Assisted classroom teacher with classroom management, routines, and co-teaching
  • Planned and implemented language arts lessons to learners ranging in level and group size
  • Created authentic math-related experiences by incorporating music and real life objects
  • Collaborated with special educator to meet the needs of all students
  • Attend professional development meetings on engagement, technology, and PBIS

Church Lane Elementary School Randallstown, MD

Part-time Intern (First Grade) January-May 2014

  • Observed classroom teacher’s teaching strategies
  • Supported individual students’ sight word recognition by practicing in a one-on-one setting
  • Assisted classroom teacher with classroom management and co-teaching
Related Experience

Syka Agency Summer Camp Tabor, Czech Republic

Summer Camp English Teacher July 2015

  • Planned and implemented English lessons to 12-14 year old Czech students with English levels ranging from beginner to advanced
  • Established positive relationships with camp students by completing many community-building activities
  • Created authentic opportunities for students to practice speaking in English

The Language House Prague, Czech Republic

TEFL and YLT Student Teacher May-June 2015

  • Planned and implemented 12 hours of TEFL lessons to a English Language Learners ranging from beginning to advanced levels
  • Taught one-on-one lessons to a six-year-old student at the beginner level

Brookhaven Elementary School Rockville, MD

Summer School Teacher’s Assistant (First Grade) Summers 2007-2011

  • Assisted classroom teacher during whole group instruction
  • Helped classroom teacher prepare materials for lessons
  • Supported individual students’ growth by reviewing sight words and math facts