Elementary School Teacher Resume Sample

Jane Smith

123 Main Street • Hometown, PA • (555) 555-1234 • jsmith@company.com



Dynamic educator with 15+ years of innovative teaching experience and demonstrated dedication to teaching and celebrating diversity through the arts. Strong understanding of culturally relevant best practices and desire for continued personal learning and growth. Ability to teach complex concepts and ideas using age-appropriate activities with a commitment to honoring and empowering every child. Utilizes culturally responsive and diverse texts and music within the classroom. Provides experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, including English language learners, special needs, gifted, and at-risk youth.



2014 - Present

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Morris Brandon Elementary School), Atlanta, GA

K-5 General Music Teacher

Serves as K-5 General Music Teacher delivering dynamic education curriculum with inclusion of diverse learning perspectives. Collaborates with instructional staff, personnel, and parents for the purpose of improving overall quality of student outcomes. Facilitates cultural diversity by teaching World Music from specific cultures and groups, including music and dance of Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Asia and Middle East, and music originating from civil unrest. Coordinates with the community incorporating them into the students’ learning experiences.

     Developed International Day proposal for students to participate in activities representative of individual backgrounds
     Collaborated with Art & Physical Education Departments, Media Specialists, and school administration for proposal
     Served on school’s Leadership Team and Student Life Team arranging enrichment activities, including field trips
     Piloted Quaver Music K-5 Digital Curriculum and National Core Arts Standards Music Cornerstone Assessment
     Implements International Baccalaureate World School curriculum to develop global view via inquiry-based learning


2014 - Present


Fine Arts Support Teacher

Provides fine arts support for Atlanta Public Schools, including serving on the Curriculum Development Team and co-authoring the APS Fine Arts Handbook. Developed district professional learning experiences and trainings on implementing digital media into the classroom, creating standards-based classrooms, and assessing elementary music students.

     Provides leadership as Committee Member and Clinician for the Atlanta Public Schools Elementary Choral Festival


2008 - 2014


Music Advisory Council / Fine Arts Support Team

Delivered leadership for elementary music teachers within the Fulton County School District. Coordinated between music teachers and the Fine Arts Coordinator to develop and implement engaging educational curriculum. Planned district-wide workshops and professional development to increase teacher effectiveness. Visited classrooms to provide feedback on lesson planning, pacing, the Georgia Perfomance Standards, classrooom management, and performance suggestions.

     Co-authored the Fulton County Schools General Music Curriculum and the Elementary Choral Curriculum
     Contributed expertise regarding district- and state-wide Student Learning Objectives and summative assessments
     Contributed to interactive workshops for colleagues and exciting music events for students


2008 - 2014

FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS (Fulton County Children’s Honor Chorus), Atlanta, GA

Choral Director

Directed the Fulton County Children’s Honor Chorus consisting of top 3rd-5th grade vocalists from South County Fulton County Schools. Accepted invitation to perform at Fulton County Schools’ Administrative Staff Meeting. Invited to perform at special community events, including Georgia Tech basketball games.

     Developed and delivered interactive workshops for teachers and choral events across the school district


2006 - 2014

Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary, Atlanta, GA

Elementary General Music & Chorus Teacher

Served as Elementary General Music & Chorus Teacher within an economically challenged and racially diverse school. Developed and delivered engaging lessons meeting and exceeding Georgia Performance Standards. Focused on improving behavior, building character, and developing open-mindedness and acceptance of different cultures. Collaborated with businesses and community leaders to build partnerships. Directed multiple school- and district-wide performances clinic.

     Served as Special Area Department Chair and on School Leadership Team
     Utilized TeachingTolerence.org to learn and implement various research-based education best practices
     Presented a training clinic at the statewide Georgia Music Education Association’s In-Service Conference
     Provided leadership as Guest Clinician and Choreographer for Fulton County Schools’ Elementary Choral Clinic
     Founded and directed the HEH Royal Lions’ Chorus, Lions’ Pride Drummers, and Dance Club
     Recognized with the Hamilton E. Holmes Compassion Award for Outstanding Service to Children (2006-07)


2004 - 2006


Primary General Music & Band Teacher


2001 - 2002


Elementary General Music & Chorus




University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC – MUSIC EDUCATION (Honors Global Studies Certificate)

     Clarinet & Piano Performance Focus; Honors Scholars Program
    Study Abroad with focus on effect of British English by region and its role in socioeconomic bias and discrimination
     Research Assistant to ethnomusicologist Robert Templeman – study of traditional Afro-Bolivian & Andean music




  • Creator, Wyoming City Schools Culture Club | Founding Member, Wyoming City School’s Achievement Gap Team
  • International Week & Mix It Up Day, Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary
  • “Drumming up Character” unit in music classes, Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month special units
  • Smart Lunch, Smart Kids – Volunteer program delivering healthy lunches to needy children throughout the summer
  • ClassDojo Mentor – Interactive and inclusive behavior management and character-building system
  • “Tree of Life” Event – Students raised money to plant trees in Israel honoring Holocaust victims




Teaching Tolerance Professional Development Courses (TeachingTolerance.org)                                     2014 – 2016
Urban Music Leadership Conference – Cincinnati, OH (2006)
Hebrew Union College – Holocaust for Educators, Center for Holocaust & Humanity (2005)
University of Cincinnati – Honors Scholars Program, Honors Global Studies (2-Year Certification Program)




South Co. Spring Sing Planning Committee
Joint APS and FCS Honor Chorus Workshop Conductor
Georgia Music Educators Association Clinician
Mt. Zion & Jonesboro High Schools Marching Band Instructor
Ohio Military Band Assistant Conductor
Encore! Music Camps Clarinet Teacher & Camp Allegro Woodwind Clinician