The responsibilities of the Curriculum Coordinator include collaboration with faculty members and faculty committees in the development, writing and implementation of district curriculum, as well as the evaluation, purchase and incorporation of texts, resources and technology into classroom instruction, and working with staff to ensure all curriculum objectives are aligned with Common Core Content Curriculum Standards. The Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the articulation of curriculum and instructional strategies among and between grade levels, within the district, collaborates with the superintendent, principals and works as a team to implement school and district objectives. Other duties include investigating and maintaining an up-to-date research library, organizing and conducting professional development, assisting with the district’s testing program, writing the curriculum and professional development components of required state reports and plans.
The following are some of the varied duties performed during the course of the year:
- Develop curriculum related and other corresponding components of district plans.
- Oversee the district’s state testing program, including analysis of test results.
- Implement state mandated curriculum requirements, by aligning the curriculum with the Common Core Curriculum Content Standards and Wyoming Standards.
- Provide ongoing evaluation of curriculum maps/curriculum guides, with annual updates of objectives and assessments.
- Investigate and acquire appropriate and varied resources for implementation of district curriculum.
To Implement district and school professional development requirements, programs and activities, including:
- On-going subject area and team meetings
- Staff training on newly adopted programs
- On-going staff training for all existing programs
- Serving as New Teacher Supporter (training all district mentors, working with mentors and novice teachers)
- Coordination of in-district sharing of strategies and information obtained from out-of-district professional development.
To serve as a curriculum resource and/or liaison to:
- District, school and subject area committees
- Shared Decision Making Curriculum Committee
- District School Improvement Plan Committee
ELEMENTARY MATH AND SCIENCE CURRICULUM:
Mrs. Sue Finkle
Mrs. Finkle is currently employed as the Rawlins Elementary School Instructional Facilitator for Math and is the Curriculum Coordinator at that level. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University – Moorhead in Elementary Education and has been employed by Carbon County School District # 1 as a teacher at kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grades. Sue earned her Master’s degree from Walden University in Education with a focus in Elementary Reading and Literacy. She has been the Instructional Facilitator at RES since 2012. Sue has served on a variety of district committees including BTAAC, Building Leadership, RIT, Advanced Ed School Improvement, Math, Science, and Reading Curriculum Committees.
ELEMENTARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM:
Mrs. Amy Bentsen
Amy is currently theEnglish Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Facilitator for Rawlins Elementary School. She was born and raised in Rawlins Wyoming receiving her high school diploma from Rawlins High School. From there, Amy went to the University of Wyoming to begin studying education. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Amy began teaching first grade at Pershing Elementary School fall of 2005 and later moved to Rawlins Elementary School. In 2011, Amy graduated from Chadron State College earning a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Reading. She continued teaching first grade for 8 years and then accepted a position as the Rawlins Elementary ELA Instructional Facilitator in 2013. In 2015, Amy completed her endorsement in Education Administration PK- 12 and accepted the English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator position for Carbon County School District One. Throughout her 10 years working at Carbon County School District One, Amy served and continues to serve on many committees: Building and District School Improvement Team, Response to Intervention, grade level Professional Learning Communities, District ELA Curriculum PLC, District Administrative Team. Amy believes that a guaranteed and viable curriculum with data driven decisions are vital to student success in Carbon County School District One.