This is the resume for educator Larissa Wright-Elson.
Dedicated, resourceful, and innovative instructor who strives to help students enjoy language and literature, and supports colleagues and administration in facilitating each student’s social and intellectual growth. Exceptional communicator who creates and facilitates an atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication with students and parents.
Anchorage School District — Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
August 2017 – PRESENT
Develops and maintains the district’s K – 12 English/Language Arts program with a focus on state and national ELA standards and assists with the development and vision of an articulated, innovative 21st Century Language Arts programs. The Coordinator recommends and implements changes to assure program integrity, relevance, and best instructional practices across grade levels.
Special Projects: Grades 6-8 curriculum adoption; TEDxYouth Northern Lights, ANC Youth Speaks – a TEDx type event with Alaska Public Media (local PBS); planning and implementing professional development as requested by educators; began a student literary magazine; brought national speakers to Anchorage; Virtual Professional Learning Series with PBS Education; Mayor’s Steering Committee for School Gardens.
Anchorage School District, South High School, West High School, Romig Middle School — English Teacher
August 1998 – August 2017
Classes: AP Language, AP Seminar, American Literature, World Literature, Teen Issues in Literature, Dignity in Diversity, Shakespeare, Digital Composition.
Teaching highlights: leader of AP vertical team; advanced AP training; presented at technology conferences; technology grant recipient; technology in-service development; began Socratic seminar program; media literacy training.
Special Projects: South Speaks/TEDx South Anchorage High School; Every 15 Minutes; AP Capstone program.
University of Alaska, Anchorage — Adjunct Professor
SEPTEMBER 2012 – current
Online and in-person university course design experience: developed a flipped classroom for colleagues, teaching technology integration best practices, skills and essentials for educators and students. Facilitated courses in Google Applied Digital Skills and Google Fundamentals training. Developed a methods course for the implementation of Socratic seminar and for cultural storytelling.
Alaska Learning Network, Wrangell — Curriculum Designer
With university level training, wrote curriculum for an American Literature class aligned with state and ISTE standards for best practices with online and distance delivery methods.
Concordia University, Portland — Ed.D., in progress
May 2014 – PRESENT
The Transformational Leadership specialization is intended for diverse fields of leadership including school, business, organization, and church leadership and managerial endeavors.
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau — M.Ed.
AUGUST 2006 – AUGUST 2011
Developed the skills and abilities to design and create effective instructional experiences in a digital age environment.
Google for Education Certified Trainer
Levels 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator
Flipped Learning Certified Trainer
National Board Candidate Support
AP College Board trained in AP Seminar
AP College Board trained in AP Language and Composition
PBS Digital Innovator All-Star, 2018-2020
National Board Certification Adolescent/Young Adult – English and Language Arts, 2004 and renewed 2013
PBS Digital Innovator lead innovator for Alaska, 2016
Permaculture Design Certificate 2013
Harkness Seminar Method – Exeter Humanities Institute – Summer 2019
Implementation – Mike Murphy – 2019
Project Based Learning 101 – Buck Institute – 2018
Leadership Blueprint – Flippen Group – 2018
AP Language – College Board
AP Seminar – College Board – 2016
Leadership for Diversity Institute & Train-the-Trainer – National Coalition Building Institute