Melissa McKinstry

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Professional Experiences

Granada Treehouse Studio, 1846 Granada Ave, San Diego, CA 92102

June, 2013 to present

  • curates the Poet Tree
  • created college application workshops for high school seniors
  • tutored individual students working on writing applications for college, undergraduate and graduate, and scholarships

San Diego Jewish Academy, 11860 Carmel Creek Road, San Diego, CA 92130, (858) 704-3790
Executive Director: Chaim Heller
Principal: Dr. Jeffrey Davis

June, 1998 to 2013

  • chairs upper school humanities department
  • leads staff inservice on rubric and portfolio assessment
  • developed and co-teaches ninth and tenth grade humanities
  • supervises The Roar, SDJA upper school yearbook
  • served on Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) review leadership team for SDJA

Presenter: Leadership Education Awareness Development (LEAD) - "Ensuring a Quality Teacher for Every Child in San Diego" speaking on "The Joy of Teaching" with team-teaching partner Doug Kipperman - January, 2001
San Diego Area Writing Project, University of California, San Diego, Teacher Education Program, 0070; 9500 Gilman Drive; La Jolla, CA 92093-0070; (619) 534-2576
Director: Marcia Venegas-Garcia

San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow
  • participated in Invitational Institute, Summer, 1996
  • presented in San Diego and Imperial Counties on writing to grades kindergarten through university, 1996 to present
  • served on Advisory Council, 1997 to present
  • participated in Teacher Research Group, 1997-8
  • coordinated San Ysidro School District (k-8) Staff Development Series: October, 1997 to July 1998
  • coordinated Year Round Open Institute for teachers in San Diego County (k-12):
  • January to July, 1998
  • January to July, 1999

Coronado Unified School District, 555 "D" Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118, (619) 522-8900
Superintendent: Dr. Marilyn Wheeler; Assistant Superintendent: Dr. Susan Coyle

October, 1989 to June, 1998

  • served as district writing advisor, 1994-5:
  • developed and implemented district writing assessment, "Write On," for grades two, five, eight, and ten
  • coordinated and led scoring sessions for grades two and ten
  • served as district mentor in the area of language arts, 1995-6:
  • revised and implemented second year of Write On Assessment
  • advised teachers new to district
  • led staff inservice on rubric and portfolio assessment
  • developed and published district-wide language arts standards

Coronado High School, 650 D Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118, (619) 522-8907
Principal: Dr. Jeffrey Davis

participated actively in high school restructuring efforts, 1993 to 1998:

  • created and implemented WriteDesign with colleague Doug Kipperman, 1994 to 1998; WriteDesign combines writing, art, graphic design, and technology for juniors and seniors; presented program to statewide Regional Occupational Program conference as integration model for academic and occupational programs.
  • developed and taught ninth and tenth grade humanities in Oxford Academics program 1995 to June 1998.
  • developed Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) concept and wrote Special Schools Grant with a team of colleagues, 1995.
  • served on Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) review leadership team for Coronado High School; chaired Powerful Teaching and Learning focus group, 1995 to 1998.
  • supervised Canvass, Coronado High School's Literary/Arts Magazine, 1990-1998.
  • taught a wide range of English classes including:
    • ninth and tenth grade Oxford Academics Humanities
    • eleventh and twelfth grade Writing Workshops as part of the WriteDesign program
    • ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade college preparatory English
    • tenth grade honors English emphasizing British literature
    • eleventh grade learning disabled/ESL college preparatory English first and second grade summer school language arts enrichment

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