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Karly M. Kirkpatrick. Professional Portfolio. Table of Contents. Introduction Mission Statement Resume Courses Philosophy of Teaching Goals Influences School/Community Activities Final Reflections. Introduction. Studied at Inlingua Language Institute in Munich, Germany

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Karly m kirkpatrick

Karly M. Kirkpatrick

Professional Portfolio

Table of contents
Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Mission Statement

  • Resume

  • Courses

  • Philosophy of Teaching

  • Goals

  • Influences

  • School/Community Activities

  • Final Reflections


  • Studied at Inlingua Language Institute in Munich, Germany

  • Graduated from Illinois State University

  • Taught one year of German 1 and World History at Bartlett High School

  • Pursuing Master’s Degree at Roosevelt University

  • Teach German 1,2,3,4,5 and sometimes World History

  • 3rd year teaching at Schaumburg High School

Mission statement
Mission Statement

  • My goal in German classes is to aid the students in second language acquisition, focusing mainly on the four core skills of reading, writing, listening, and most importantly, speaking. It is also important to expose the students to German speaking countries and their culture, art, music, literature, and history.

  • In all classes I will use hands-on activities and group work in addition to technology to ensure the acquisition of all concepts.

  • As a department member, I intend to be a team player and work with others to create, analyze and share material with others in order to help our studentsmeet state and district requirements.


  • Schaumburg High School – German and World History Teacher, 2001- Present

  • Bartlett High School – German and World History Teacher, 2000-2001

  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL -Bachelors of Arts – German, May, 2000

  • Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL – Associate of Arts – May, 1998

Graduate courses
Graduate Courses

  • Masters of Teacher Leadership - History

  • History Courses

    • HIST 336 The Holocaust in Film

    • HIST 416/POL 416 Latin American Politics

    • HIST 456 Nazi Germany

    • HIST 466 The Holocaust, Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

  • MATL Courses

    • TLED 431 Portfolio Based Assessment

Philosophy of teaching
Philosophy of Teaching

  • In today’s global community, it is important that all students learn about other cultures and languages. It is important that students be able to communicate in a foreign language, as it will open many opportunities for them in the future.

  • I feel that it is my responsibility as a teacher to enhance students’ knowledge of the German culture and language and in turn to promote the acceptance and understanding of all the worlds’ cultures.


  • Ken Azinger – French Teacher, Elgin High School – encouraged my interest in Foreign Language.

  • Rich Thomas – Psychology Teacher, Elgin High School – encouraged me to major in what interested me, even if people insisted I would never get a job with German as a major.

  • Art Saldana – English Teacher, Elgin High School - proved that a teacher could be quirky, fun, and interesting, and still teach you important things.

  • André M. Kapanga, Ph.D. – Professor, Illinois State University – taught me everything I needed to know about Foreign Language Teaching.

School activities
School Activities

  • Schaumburg High School - Girls Varsity Basketball Assistant and JV Coach 2001-2003

  • Schaumburg High School - Girls Freshman Basketball Coach 2003-2004

  • German Club Sponsor

  • German Exchange Coordinator

  • German Exchange Chaperone

  • Elgin High School – Girls Freshman Basketball Coach 2000-2001

Final reflections
Final Reflections

I found this project to be very enlightening, as it made me think about how and why I became a teacher. It is interesting for me to see how much influence my former teachers have on my current philosophies of teaching and the main goals I have for my students. I really hope that I can someday influence students the same way that my teachers influenced me.