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saint mary s university of minnesota eds program

Saint Mary’sUniversity of MinnesotaEDS Program

Presented By Christopher-Aaron Deanes

you have challenged assisted and directed me in this journey i look forward to leading our teachers

Special Thanks The University of Saint Mary's Diane Steffen, Lyle Abeln, University Advisors Site Mentors and Administrators:Meredith Davis, Vernon Rowe, Althea Fernandez, Jacquelin Williams, Dr. Trudi Taylor, Jerry Pederson,Charlene Vazquez, Lori Holmgren, Elizabeth Bortke, Mary Berrie , Dr. JeaneMortinson, and Dr. Eleanor Coleman

You have challenged, assisted, and directed me in this journey. I look forward to leading our teachers.


I believe that ALL children can and should have the same rights to learn. I believe that Educators hold the obligation to share the most of what they know in the most creative and exploratory way possible.Christopher-Aaron Deanes 2012



Field Experiences

Why is being an Educational Leader Important to me?

Five Significant Experiences

Personal Assessment

eFolio Tour

the resume

Instructor, Metropolitan Learning Alliance

  • 1994-1996
  • Taught Classed in Graphic Design, Product Design and Fashion Design to High School Students Development of Curriculum for the Graphics program Implementation visual perception, Adobe computer programming, critique sessions for students Blackboard systems for grading and classroom facilitation
  • Developed and Directed, Teach and Learn Program
  • 1995-1998
  • Created programming for students to learn about art and art making Visited schools and community centers throughout the Metro area Managed the program materials, staff, and pay Attained the KARE 11 Award for volunteering Was also Awarded The Jefferson Award for community services
The Resume


the resume1

Science and Art Teacher, Plymouth Christian Youth Center,

  • 2001-2003
  • Taught science and Art in Junior high school, grades 6-10Communication with Parents regarding children Evaluation and follow-up with students and instructors
  • Student Teacher, Kenwood Elementary, Minneapolis Public Schools,
  • 2003
  • Worked as a student teacher to Master teacher Jacqueline Williams Observed strategies and best practices
  • Second Grade Teacher, Excel Academy
  • 2004
  • Taught classroom of 36 second grade students at Charter School Wrote I.E.P’s for the first time with social workers and counselors Taught the Direct Instruction Reading Taught Everyday Math, and used the responsive classroom as an environment for the setting Students learned Core Knowledge Curriculum
The Resume


the resume2

Pre-K Teacher, Green Central

  • 2005
  • Worked with Pre-K Students Learning: Counting, Listening, Participation and Respect
  • Teacher Aide, Anthony Middle School
  • 2005
  • Taught Autism youth in Middle school setting Worked as aide to autistic program
  • Teacher, Juvenile Detention Center, Minneapolis Public School,
  • 2005
  • Taught youth in the Middle through High School ages for the writing and Language Arts classes Provided cross instruction to multiple learners and different students with learning disabilities Managed classroom behavior in difficult settings
The Resume


the resume3

Instructor, Dakota County Technical College

  • 2003-2004
  • Taught classes for Design Department (Visual Arts and Adobe Graphic Design) Assisted other instructors in our department taught blackboard class
  • Instructor, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
  • 2007
  • Taught English Course surrounding modern artist: Ellen Gallagher Development of Curriculum equivalent to a College level Composition 2 Course Implementation of English Composition course Successful creation and upkeep of Blackboard systems for grading and classroom projects Facilitated discussions, artist talks, and critiques sessions for students
  • Teacher, Sanford Middle School
  • 2006 - Present
  • Teaching in a variety of classroom settings Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in multiple settings with multiple youth and curriculum development and last minute lesson planning Establishes positive relationships with students and acts as a role model for appropriate social skills and behaviors in all situations Follow written and oral instructions and independently follows through on teacher directed programming/strategies including special education
The Resume


the resume4

Education Specialist in Administration,

Saint Mary’sUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis

2009-Present(Ed.S.) in Administration will be completed in 2012

Masters in Education (Med),

The University of St. ThomasSaint Paul, MN 2005

Collaborative Urban Educator Program, K-12

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Department

Bachelors of Fine Art (Design)

Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMinneapolis 1996

Graphic Design and Illustration

The Resume


field experience pillsbury united community essential early education daycare
Field ExperiencePillsbury United Community Essential Early Education Daycare

Service Description:

Essential early education child care, including pre-kindergarten daycare, pre-school for ages 34 months - 4 years, and Strong Beginnings. Parent education and parent-child activities. Located at Pillsbury House and Green Central School.

field experience sanford middle school
Field ExperienceSanford Middle School

Sanford is located at 36th St. and 41st Ave., which is South East in Minneapolis.

The students population is around 750 students of which are 65% is free and reduced. Mostly neighborhood kids.

Sanford Middle School did not make AYP in 2011. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Minnesota in terms of student performance and other accountability measures.

field experience south high school
Field ExperienceSouth High School

Fast Track Scholars is a summer program for 8th and 9th graders invited to summer school and all AVID students. In this program, students will have the opportunity to connect with future high school classmates, counselors, and teachers. Additionally, they have the opportunity to earn up to four quarter high school credits in various courses including algebra, literacy, science, engineering, geography, physical education, health, ceramics, drawing, guitar, and theater. The 9th graders have the opportunity to make up needed credits from their first year.

field experience city view elementary
Field ExperienceCity View Elementary

In spite of City Views numbers lowering they have moved to a middle school only model.

When I severed at City View there were

450 students in our summer program

Title “Mississippi Act III” our third Summer program. City View is a North side school where we served 82% free and reduced students.

field experience wayman a m e
Field ExperienceWayman A.M.E.

Wayman A.M.E. Church was organized in 1919

by Presiding Elder Thomas Stoval

The current Pastor is Reverend Alphonse Reff Sr.

This Church offers Community Programming for High School youth allowing them the broader understanding of College Funding, Scholarships, grants and FAFSA process


Why is being an educational leader important to me?


5 Significant Experiences

Student Management

  • I strive to show that:
  • Fairness is important
  • high expectations for all of your students
  • consistency, respect and engaging adventures in learning
  • when you focus on behaviors that are inline with the rules and
  • expectations of your classroom, other students will catch the fire



5 Significant Experiences

Curriculum and Instruction

  • I strive to show that:
  • good teachers work hard to build the best ways to educate the youth they serve
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Best Practices
  • Scaffolding
  • Prior Knowledge Strategies
  • Relationship building
  • Building skills and confidence of the students


5 significant experiences


5 Significant Experiences

Diversity Leadership

  • I strive to show that:
  • One of my core values is belief in the cultural community of a school is that school
  • Utilizing culture for connections, celebrations, and family
  • The diversity of a school allows students the internal ability to start the process of being global citizens
  • Diversity Leadership stretches understanding of ways and communication among people worldwide

5 Significant Experiences


I strive to show that:

Understanding the diversity in learning styles

Helping teachers adjust their lesson plans

Building students strong suits first and working from there

Developing and Challenging students thoughts and processes

all allows room for students to grow

exponentially among their peers



Social Engagement

I strive to show that:

Working with urban families today

May require more social interaction

among the families and the school to

help propel students engagement and


Today has a number of social programs

that interact with schools from:





Building Social Skills


5 Significant Experiences



  • Developing
  • 2-Organizational Management
  • Proficient
  • 3-Diversity Leadership
  • Expert
  • 4-Policy and Law
  • Beginning
  • 5-Political Influence
  • Beginning
  • 6-Communication
  • Developing
  • 7-Curriculum Planning
  • Proficient
  • 8-Community Relations
  • Proficient
  • 9-Instructional Management
  • Developing
  • 10-Human Resources
  • Developing
  • 11-Values and Ethics
  • Proficient
  • 12-Judgement and Problem Analysis
  • Beginning
  • 13-Safety and Security
  • Proficient
  • 14-Instructional Leadership: Principal Specific Outcome
  • Proficient
  • 15-Monitor Students Learning: Principal Specific Outcome
  • Proficient
  • 16-Leadership: Principal Specific Outcome
  • Developing

Personal Assessment

questions and conclusion

The Best Education is one that matters to the student ten years after they have received it.

-Christopher-Aaron Deanes

Questions and Conclusion