Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth “Beth” Fehlbaum

OBJECTIVE

A position where there is a need for a highly educated person, experienced in teaching English, Writing, Composition, Reading and ESL, who has proficient technological expertise, professional writing and editing experience, and the ability to play a leadership role in the life of learners and a mentorship role in the life of clients.

COMPETENCIES

  • Instructing others in the craft of writing and composition and in decoding text.  
  • Designing instruction with varied learning styles and competencies in mind
  • Efficiently interacting respectfully with others in a classroom and collegial setting
  • Setting goals and using creativity and ingenuity to achieve them
  • Inspiring others to know they have the ability to succeed
  • Making all text relatable to students and others by bringing in real-world, familiar situations
  • Creating cross-curricular thematic units
  • Coaching model of writing instruction
  • Fiction Writing, especially YA fiction (professional author of five novels and one creative non-fiction book)
  • Revising and editing documents for publication
  • Developmental editing

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES

  • Integrating technology into lessons by including such elements as PowerPoints, videos, websites/blogging, student-held devices for instant feedback, and social media.
  • Utilizing technology that takes into account student interests, inspires enthusiasm for learning, and encourage active engagement in the task
  • Enhanced familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Docs particularly in using features to give digital feedback to students on their writing through the features used widely by the publishing industry.
  • Highly proficient in Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Forms, and Google Meets

EDUCATION

Texas A & M University at Commerce, Commerce, Texas, 2006.

Master of Education

Major: Education

Emphasis: Reading

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 1998.

Bachelor of Arts

Major: English

Minor: Secondary Education

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Secondary English 6-12
  • Secondary English Language Arts 8-12
  • Secondary Reading 6-12
  • English as a Second Language 1-12
  • Elementary Self-Contained
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • Social Studies 8-12

LANGUAGES                

English, first language



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

     
Texas Virtual School, Lone Star Virtual Academy, October 31, 2022-Present

  • Create English lesson plans, weekly video, and implement through both asynchronous and 1:1 live instruction
  • Manage caseload of co-teaching 500+ students
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen reading and writing ability
  • Engage students in short stories and connect same to their lives and current events in relevant ways
  • Meet all requirements with respect to paperwork
  • Frequently contact parents and guardians via text, email, phone calls, and Google Meet

      Crandall High School, August 2022-October 31, 2022

  • Create English lesson plans and implement
  • Manage 6 class periods of approximately 30 students per day
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen reading and writing ability
  • Engage students in short stories and connect same to their lives and current events in relevant ways
  • Meet all requirements with respect to paperwork
  • Frequently contact parents and guardians

      Kerens Secondary School, August 2021-June 2022

      Teacher: 6th Grade Writing & 7th Grade Reading; Daily STAAR Tutorial class (spiraled review with 7th
& 8th graders)

  • Create English Language Arts & Writing lesson plans
  • Manage seven class periods approximately 14 students per day
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen writing ability
  • Engage students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods
  • Extensive training in remediating weak writing skills; produced a grade-wide Anthology with

6th grade students


    
Remote/online educator, December 2020-Present
      Tutor (on a part-time basis) all grade levels. In the past I have taught Advanced 6th Grade Language Arts,                           College Essay Writing, Novel  Writing. I have worked for Elite Studies, Varsity Tutors, School at Home, and             Outschool.

      Terrell High School, Terrell ISD, Terrell, Texas, August 2020-November 2020

      Teacher: 10th & 11th Grade English

  • Create English lesson plans and implement
  • Manage 6 class periods of approximately 20 students per day
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen reading and writing ability
  • Engage students in novels and connect same to their lives and current events in relevant ways
  • Meet all requirements with respect to paperwork
  • Frequently contact parents and guardians


Malakoff High School, Malakoff Independent School District, Malakoff, Texas, 2015-July 2020

      Teacher: 9th Grade English/Honors English, 10th Grade English/Honors English/ College/Career Readiness (Remediation for the TSI test)

  • Create English lesson plans and implement
  • Manage 8 class periods of approximately 20 students per day
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen writing ability
  • Engage students in contemporary novels (Speak, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Hate List) & world literature (Night) and connect these novels to their lives and current events in relevant ways
  • Founded Creative Writing Club and led school-wide creation of an anthology, This is Who We Are
  • Coached UIL Ready Writing
  • Sponsored NHS for four years (taking a break from that now)
  • Wrote and received grant for Creative Writing Club, two years in a row

Crandall Middle School, Crandall Independent School District, Crandall, Texas, 2014-2015.

Teacher: 7th Grade English Language Arts, Advanced English Language Arts, and Reading

  • Create English Language Arts & Writing lesson plans for English department
  • Manage seven class periods approximately 25 students per day
  • Coach students to improve and strengthen writing ability
  • Engage students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods
  • Extensive training in remediating weak writing skills; raised campus writing scores on benchmarks more than 10 points from this time last year
  • Founded & moderated semester-long After School Creative Writing Workshop; produced bound anthology of student work

Athens Intermediate School, Athens Independent School District, Athens, Texas, 2006-2014

Teacher: 4th and 5th Grade English Language Arts and Reading to ESL Learners in the Dual Language Program

  • Transitioned ESL students from writing/reading Spanish to English
    • Propelled students to write comparably to English speakers      
    • Administered TELPAS writing test yearly and assessed level of English attainment
    • Engaged students to learn by making content relevant to their lives
    • Utilized diverse, creative methods to entice students to love reading
    • Extensive training in ESL methods; Lead 4Ward training in Reading and Writing
    • Coached UIL Writing

A.C. New Middle School, Mesquite Independent School District, Mesquite, Texas, 2004-2006.

Teacher: 7th grade English Language Arts, Reading, and ESL Reading

  • Created English Language Arts/Writing/Reading/ESL Reading Lesson Plans
    • Managed six class periods per day of approximately 32 students per class
    • Coached students to become thoughtful, in-depth writers
    • Engaged students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods
    • Trained in New Jersey Writing Project; Campus Wellness Representative
    • Held After School Creative Writing Workshop as part of graduate studies; produced bound anthology of student work 

Kemp Junior High School, Kemp Independent School District, Kemp, Texas, 2003-2004.

Teacher: 7th Grade English Language Arts and Pre-AP English

  • Created English Language Arts/Writing/Reading/ESL Reading Lesson Plans
  • Managed six class periods per day of approximately 20 students per class
  • Coached students to stronger writing ability
  • Engaged students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods
  • Guided students to stronger writing skills through producing classroom magazine

Maypearl Junior High School, Maypearl Independent School District, Maypearl, Texas, 2001-2003.

Teacher: 6th Grade Reading; 7th Grade English Language Arts and Reading; 7th and 8th

Grade Compensatory Language Arts

  • Created English Language Arts/Writing/Reading/Compensatory Language Arts Lesson Plans
  • Managed block scheduled classes of approximately 15-20 students per class
  • Coached students to stronger writing ability
  • Engaged students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods
  • Extensive Training in Holistic Scoring; Trainer of Trainers
  • Produced School-Wide Anthology of Student Work as a fund raiser for an administrator’s husband who was injured in an accident
  • Produced classroom magazines unique to each class

DeSoto West Junior High School, DeSoto Independent School District, DeSoto, Texas, 2000-2001.

Teacher, 8th Grade Reading; 7th & 8th Grade Reading Improvement

  • Created Reading & Reading Improvement Lesson Plans
  • Managed six class periods per day of approximately 32 students per class
  • Engaged students in reading interest through diverse, creative methods

Eastridge Elementary School, Red Oak Independent School District, Red Oak, Texas, 1999-2000

Teacher, 3rd Grade Self-Contained

  • Created lesson plans to make English and other subjects relevant to reluctant and advanced learners
  • Managed self-contained class of approximately 25 students
  • Engaged students in reading interest across the content areas through diverse, creative methods

Red Oak Junior High School, Red Oak Independent School District, Red Oak, Texas 1998-1999

Teacher, 8th Grade English and Honors English

  • Designed novel units that encompassed a variety of learning styles
  • Managed 7 class periods per day of approximately 28 students per class
  • Sponsored Student Council, recognized as the most active, campus-involved student council in years

PROFESSIONAL WRITING EXPERIENCE

Author of Contemporary (Realistic) Young Adult Fiction Novels and co-author of trauma recovery book

Founder of a Group Website for Traditionally Published Authors of “Gritty” YA Fiction, UncommonYA (no longer active)

PUBLISHED NOVELS:

       Fehlbaum, Beth, Find the Moon. Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, ISBN # 978-1-958640-29-6,
            January, 2023.

Fehlbaum, Beth, Big Fat Disaster, Simon & Schuster, ISBN # 978-1440570483, April, 2014.

  • Named to The Spirit of Texas Reading List-High School, 2015-2016
  • Starred Kirkus Review

       Fehlbaum, Beth, Truth in Patience, Steady On Books, ISBN #  978-1729165300 , March 2016

      Fehlbaum, Beth, Hope in Patience, WestSide Books, Everbind, Inc., ISBN # 978-1934813416, October, 2010; then released through Steady On Books, ISBN # 978-172916554, March 2016

  • Second book in The Patience Trilogy
  • 2011 YALSA (Young Adult Library Association) Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

Fehlbaum, Beth, Courage in Patience, Kunati, Inc., ISBN # 978-1601641564, September, 2008; then released through Steady On Books, ISBN # 978-1729165485, March 2016

  • First book in The Patience Trilogy

FREELANCE EDITING COURSES COMPLETED THROUGH EDITORIAL FREELANCERS ASSOCIATION

  • Building a Client Base to Weather Any Storm
  • Freelancing 101
  • Book Mapping for Developmental Editors
  • Introduction to Children’s Literature
  • Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate
  • Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning
  • Copyediting Fiction
  • Copyediting: Beginning
  • Copyediting: Intermediate


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Author’s Guild
  • Texas Federation of Teachers
  • Romance Writers of America
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)