• ESTHER RUTH BEENKEN

    4008 Guilford Rd, Birmingham, Al, 35242

    Residence: (205) 602-0898

     

     

    Academic Qualifications

     

    Ph.D. in Philosophy- Educational Leadership 
    Major: Curriculum and Instruction

    University of Alabama • Joint Doctoral Program with University of Tuscaloosa • Birmingham, Alabama, expected graduation date: May 2007

    Dissertation topic: Learning with Meaning: A Qualitative Study of the Implementation of Engaging Instruction in a Suburban School District

     

    CERTIFICATION IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

    University of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama • 2001

     

    MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH EDUCATION

    University of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama • 2000

     

    NATIONAL BOARD PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED TEACHER

    University of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama • 2000

     

    EDUCATION CERTIFICATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH

    University of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama • 1993

     

    BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONORS), Major: English

    University of Winnipeg • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • 1981 (4-year program)

     

    BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, Double Major: English and Music

    University of Winnipeg • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • 1976 (4-year program)

     

    DIPLOMA OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES

    Regent College • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • 1977

     

    DIPLOMA

    Capernwray Bible School • Spring School, England • 1973

     

    DIPLOMA

    Klostermuhle Bible School • Winter School, Germany • 1972

     

     

     

     

     

    Academic Distinctions


    • Achieved a 4.0/4.0 GPA throughout Masters and Ph.D. studies

    • Most Outstanding Alumni in Secondary Education • University of Alabama • Birmingham, Alabama • 2002

    • Alabama State Department of Education National Board Certification Scholarship • 2000

    • Fulbright Scholarship • Japan • 2000

    • Alabama Classroom Enhancement Scholarship • Harvard University Research Conference 1999

    • Kappa Delta Pi Academic Honor Society • 1999

    • Hendrix Scholarships • 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005

    • McAllister Opera Competition Finalist • 1986

    • Winner of the Oratorio Competition • 1984

    • Winner of the German Lieder Competition • 1984

    • Runner Up of the Rose Bowl Singing Competition • 1984

    • Doris Mills Lewis Trophy • 1984

    • Board of Regents Scholarships • 1978 and 1980


    Professional Background

     

    • CLASSROOM TEACHER: SPECIALIZATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING AND READING COMPREHENSION

      Mountain Brook Junior High School • Mountain Brook, Alabama • 1994 – Present

    •  ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR FOR READING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM COURSE

      University of Alabama • Graduate Studies: Curriculum Education Instruction • Fall 2001 and Winter 2002

    • MUSIC TEACHER AND AWARD WINNING CHILDREN’S CHOIR CONDUCTOR

      Angus McKay Elementary School • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • 1980 – 1983

      Presentations

       

    • GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH DAYS, UAB. (Teachers’ Perceptions of Engaging Instruction: A Case Study) 

    • SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS (Reading Strategies) 2004

    • STATE DEPARTMENT WRITING COMMITTEE CONSULTANT • Alabama • 2002 and 2003 (Curriculum development and presentations on the “Four Modes of Writing” to Teachers at the University of Alabama, University of Tuscaloosa, University of Montevallo, University of North Alabama)

    • READING STRATEGIES INSERVICE PRESENTATIONS • University of Montevallo, University of North Alabama, University of Tuscaloosa and Coosa County Schools • 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003

    • WRITING STRATEGIES INSERVICE PRESENTATIONS • University of Montevallo, University of Tuscaloosa, University of North Alabama and Coosa County Schools • 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003

    • MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES • University of Montevallo and University of Tuscaloosa 1998 and 2001

     

     

    Professional Development

     

    • COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Word, Windows XP, Wireless Technology, Palm Pilots, Wireless Projectors, Desktop Publishing, Software Evaluation, Integration of Technology into the Classroom, Telecommunications, Internet Database, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Creating Calendars, Internet and E-mail Applications, Blogging, and Web Page Development.

    • LANGUAGE ARTS: System Wide Curriculum Development Workshops, Composition Workshops, Portfolio Readings, Portfolio Development Readings, Reading Comprehension: Staff Development, Co-operative Novel Unit Development, Grade Level Meetings, English Department Readings, and Engaging Instruction Meetings.

    • WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES: International Reading Association, Holt Rinehart and Winston Publishers Textbook Presentation, Alabama Conference on the Teaching of English (ACTE), Stress Management Conference, Building Class “Learning Communities,” Instruction Improvement and Graphic Organizers, National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE), Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension Conference, Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Conference, Alabama Humanities Foundation (School and University Partners for Educational Renewal), Southern Reading Association, Individual Needs Workshop, Engaging Instruction Workshop, Differentiated Instruction, Mid-South Reading and Writing Conference, Performance Assessment Workshop, Power Writing and Thinking Workshop, Learning and the Brain: Using Brain Research to Reshape Classroom Practice, Brain Research Conference, Elements of Writing, and Fiction Writing.

    • LANGUAGE STUDIES: French Immersion Course • University of Alberta • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and German Studies • University of Winnipeg • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    • MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC TRAINING:

    • Toronto Conservatory of Music: Violin (Grade 10 First Class Honors Medalist), Voice (Grade 10 First Class Honors), and Piano (3 years First Class Honors)

    • Private Voice Training: Mr. John Martens, Winnipeg, Mr. Herb Belyea, Winnipeg, Mr. Joseph Frank, San Franciso/Houston, Ms. Florence Kopleff, Atlanta, Mrs. Elizabeth Colson, Atlanta, and Mrs. Mildred Allen, Birmingham

    • Private Voice Coaching: Ms. Lois Alba, Houston, Dr. William Bugg, Birmingham, Joanne Ritaka, Houston, and Bob Tweeton, Houston

    Committee Involvement

    • Portfolio Development Committee

    • Language Arts Development Committee

    • Grade Level Committee

    • Blue Ribbon Award Committee

    • National Board Candidate Screening Committee

    • Secretary, Alabama Education Association, Mountain Brook School Committee

    • Chair, Spelling Bee Committee

    • State Department Writing Committee

    • English Department Vertical Committee (K-12)

    • Department Curriculum Committees

    • Scheduling Committee

    • Grounds Committee


    Professional Organizations

    • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

    • Alabama Council of Teachers of English (ACTE)

    • Professional Educators of Mountain Brook (PEMB)

    • National Association of Curriculum and Development (ASCD)

    • Alabama Association of Education (AEA)

    • National Education Association (NEA)

    • International Reading Association (IRA)

    • Fulbright Memorial Teacher Organization (FMF)


    Related Professional Experience

    MUSIC RELATED EXPERIENCE:

    • Paid Soloist: Advent Episcopal Cathedral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Canterbury Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church • 1987 – 2003

    • Opera Singer and Professional Performer (selected listing): “Don Giovanni”, Opera Birmingham • “The Mikado”, Houston Grand Opera • “Mozart’s Misa Brevis in D”, Birmingham • “Bach Cantata #78”, Birmingham • Bach Christmas Oratoria, Alabama Symphony • John Rutter “Magnificat”, Carnegie Hall • “Brahms Requiem”, Houston • “Mendelssohn’s Elijah”, Winnipeg • “Handel’s Messiah”, Winnipeg • “Christmas Fantasia”, Winnipeg • Operatic Recital, Winnipeg • Art Song Recital • Winnipeg • Opera Gala, Alabama Theater, Birmingham • Recitals, Birmingham and Winnipeg

    • Competitions: Winning at the Singing Game • Washington DC Summer Opera Auditions

      McCallister Voice Competition • Florham Opera Guild Competition • The Glory of Mozart

      Vocal Competition • Louise D. McMahon Vocal Competition • Artist Diploma Competition

      Texas Opera Theater Auditions • Winnipeg Music Festival Competitions

    • Television Performances: Performer on a Nationally Syndicated Show, CBC, 1983 – 1986

      Host, Nationally Syndicated Children’s Weekly Show, CKND Channel 13, 1978 – 1981

      Guest Artist on It’s a New Day Show • CKND Channel 13

    • Recording Experience: “Sing a New Song”, CBC Canada • First United Methodist Church Recording • Personal Contemporary Original Compositions, Airwave Studio, Birmingham

     

    OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE:

    • Camp Director • Red Rock Camp • Winnipeg • 1978

    • Program Director • Camp Arnes • 1976

    • Naturalist • Amphitheater in Canadian Provincial Park • 1978

    • Wilderness Canoe Trip Leader for emotionally conflict juveniles • 1971 – 1973

    • Travel: Europe (studies abroad), India (missionary on medical assignment), Japan (Fulbright Scholarship), and travel related to music career.