Donald F Spencer

 

 

4612 North Country Hills Court

Cell: 813 480-2653

Plant City, FL 33566

donaldspencer@gmail.com

 

Summary

 

Organized teaching professional with more than 20 years of instructing expertise. Great enthusiasm for teaching complex social science concepts to students.

 

Core Qualifications

 

Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction

Undergraduate majors in History and Political

Interactive teaching/learning

Science

Innovative lesson planning

Expertise in distance education as administrator

Inquiry-based learning

and teacher

Student-centered learning

Instructional best practices

 

 

 

 

 

Achievements

 

Research:

 

    Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Technology (distance education). Curriculum Development

 

    Taught a six hour graduate workshop in distance education for teachers and administrators for Internet school system .

Student Development

 

    Doubled the success rate for an Internet credit recovery program. Administration

 

    Developed and was the administrator for a credit recovery program for an Internet high school.

    Dean of students at an intercity middle school

Curriculum Implementation

    Lead a team of teachers to create integrated integrated curriculum unit. Process Improvement

 

    Chaired a committee to review process for purchasing software for Internet school system. Lesson Planning

 

    Employed Learning Focused Strategies to encourage student learning and build community within the classroom.

 

    Technology Integration

    Used Google Apps to conduct an interdisciplinary research unit

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Experience

 

FLORIDA 01/2006 - Current

 

Polk County Public Schools Denison Middle School

 

    Sponsored History Fair. Students learned research skills and how to present their findings in a media rich and interesting format.

 

    Sponsored Economics Team in district competition.

    Increased student success by implementing Learning Focused Strategies.

    Developed a mock election for county commissioner.

    Helped accommodate the needs of a religious minority within the school framework.

    Taught a professional development classes on using Excel to analyze FCAT data and Ruby Payne's Understanding Poverty.


Adjunct Professor 01/2005 - Current

 

University of Central Florida

 

    Courses include EME 6053 Current Trends in Education, and EME 6457, Distance Education Technology Process and Product.

 

 

Administrator/Teacher

01/2002 - 01/2005

 

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

    Conceived and lead a collaborative team that developed a credit recovery program.

    Doubled the passing rate for the program in three years.

    Piloted software for middle school and high school.

    Conducted six hours of online workshop courses through Ashland University as an adjunct professor.

    Collaborated with well-known writers to train ECOT teachers in best practices in online teaching.

    Programmed and implemented a computer application to track student progress in distance education classes.

 

    Passing rate doubled in three years.

    Chaired a committee that analyzed and evaluated teaching practices and vendor provided curriculum software.

 

    Taught American and World History.

    Arranged individual curriculum and counseling.

 

Administrative Dean

01/2001 - 01/2002

Westridge Middle School

Orlando

 

    Supervised student discipline procedures.

    Coordinated expulsion or alternative placement hearings as the Principal's designee.

    Administered team leader meetings.

    Organized field trips involving several hundred students .

 

Teacher

08/1988 - 07/2001

Westridge Middle School

Orlando, Fl

 

    Developed integrated curriculum units for eighth grade team.

    Designed and implemented a curriculum in which students conducted research through the Internet, and created multimedia presentations.

 

    Team Leader

 

 

 

Education and Training

 

Doctor of Education: University of Central Florida Curriculum and Instruction

 

Orlando, FL

 

Master of Education: University of Central Florida Educational Leadership

 

Orlando, OH

 

Bachelor of Arts: Kent State University Majors: History, Political Science Minor: Education Kent, Ohio

 

Certifications

 

Florida

    Educational Leadership / All Levels

    History 6-12

    Economics 6-12

    Political Science 6-12

    Social Science 6-12

    Social Science 5-9

    Middle Grades Endorsement