Darla Bunting Inspires

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

About Darla Bunting

I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park with a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology. Last year, I taught both third and fifth grade English and social studies.  Currently, I teach third and fourth grade English and social studies at Milestone SABIS Academy of New Orleans. For information on the school check it out online: www.msano.sabis.net

I am coupling my experience growing up in a low-performing school district in southern New Jersey, other life experiences and my affinity of children in order to empower students to achieve life-long success. 


May 08                   University of Maryland-College Park, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Nov. 09                  Louisiana Department of Education, Level 1 Teaching Credential:  Elementary Grades 1-5

Teaching Experience
                                Teach For America/Milestone SABIS Academy, New Orleans, LA                                                   Teacher
Aug. 08-Jun. 09    3rd and 5th grade English/Language Arts and social studies                                                               
Aug. 09-present   3rd and 4th grade English/Language Arts and social studies
·         Designs and implements rigorous curriculum to raise student achievement in school where students are assessed weekly through non-teacher made exams
·         Founder and teacher of the school’s first differentiated after-school program Reading is FUNdamental for 30 targeted low-level third and fourth grade students
·         Serves as co-chair for SABIS staff’s Sunshine Club: created the first staff newsletter and was instrumental in implementing monthly staff social activities to increase staff morale
·         Develops and facilitates lessons on self-esteem, early college awareness, community service and leadership for over 25, 4th and 5th grade Girls to Ladies club members
·         Raised over $900 for student reading and writing supplies through Donors Choose
·         Co-captain of Milestone Majorettes (baton twirlers)team
·         Created and instructed curriculum to ready over 30, 4th graders students for Louisiana’s state assessment in school’s LEAP after-school program (Jan. 09-Apr. 09)
                                FirstLine Schools, New Orleans, LA                                                                                                        Summer Teacher
Jun. 09-Jul. 09       The mission of FirstLine Schools is to create and inspire great public schools in New Orleans.
·         Taught two, third grade classes of about 15 students each a rigorous summer school curriculum in order to prepare students for the fourth grade high-stakes test
·         Effectively taught guided reading strategies to differentiated reading groups

                                CIVICUS Living/Learning Program, University of Maryland, College Park, MD                             Teaching Assistant
Sep. 07-Dec. 07    Teacher assistant to the Director of CIVICUS living/learning program introductory course
·         Taught 25 freshman students a curriculum of the social & historical foundations of a civil society through examining the roles of individuals, groups, social institutions, and community services in a civil society
                                Chillum Elementary School, Hyattsville, MD                                                                                        School Teacher Intern
Jan. 06-May 06     Internship program collaborative between the University of Maryland and Chillum Elementary
·         Created journalism curriculum including semi-weekly lesson plans and student-run newspaper
·         Instructed a class of 5th graders through after-school program

Educational Leadership Experience
Coalition for Community Schools, National Office, Washington, DC                                               Intern
Jan. 08-May 08     Its mission is to mobilize the resources & capacity of multiple sectors to create a movement for community schools.
·         Assisted over 70 workshop presenters for the 10th Annual National Forum by coordinating room specifications and technical needs
·         Developed presenter time/location schedule for over 100 workshops and over 1,000 conference participants using MSExcel
·         Worked collaboratively with immediate supervisor  to create National Forum conference book
·         Updated contacts system and effectively marketed conference to ensure over 1,000 attendees

                                Capital Partners for Education and Sallie Mae- Kids2College Program                                           Campus Liason
Jan. 07-May 08     Kids2College is an awareness program that places college students in local elementary and middle school classrooms to facilitate college preparation workshops
·         Recruited and trained over 30 undergraduate students to serve as Kids2College facilitators
·         Liaison between Kids2College Coordinator and University of Maryland campus group
·         Independently planned four college tour days for over 300 greater Washington, DC area students
·         Taught a class of 30, 5th grade students college awareness, academic skills and study habits

                                University Courtyards, University of Maryland, College Park, MD                                                  Community Assistant
Jan. 07-May 08     University Courtyards is a seven building apartment complex for upperclassmen students
·         Created innovative educational and social programming for complex residents
·         Supervised complex as residents resource in a variety of issues during weekly duties
·         Assisted leasing office to implement effective systems for student move-in/out transitions

                                Teach For America D.C. Region, Washington, D.C.                                                           Campus Campaign Coordinator
Aug. 07-May 08    Teach For America is a non-profit organization enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders to eliminate the nation’s achievement gap by committing to teach two years in low-income and under-resourced communities
·         Identified and recruited 36 top academic and student leaders for the university’s largest corps class
·         Planned and executed publicity plan:  information sessions, media campaign, informational meetings, etc
·         Maintained and updated Teach For America online recruiting system by meeting weekly recruitment goals

                                Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland, College Park, MD                 Administrative Assistant
Feb. 06-Dec. 07    The university office controlling more than 28,000 applications for fall freshman class and transfer students.
·         Liaison between the university and prospective student applicants to clarify admissions policy and ensure a smooth application process
·         Entered data and managed files of prospective applicants each year
·         Scheduled weekly campus visits, advisor meetings, recruitment events and open houses for hundreds of prospects

                                C.H.A.M.P./G.E.A.R. U.P., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ                                                            Residential Counselor
July 05-Aug. 05     C.H.A.M.P.is one of 10 College Bound programs in the state of New Jersey serving 7th through 12th grade students
·         Supervised 26 college-bound, NJ GEAR UP participants in six-week residential college experience which included math, science, English, and computer classes
·         Presented workshops on goal-setting, careers in journalism, and diversity
·         Worked with a team of other C.H.A.M.P. counselors to create social activities that expose students to college life

                                Department of Resident Life, University of Maryland, College Park, MD                                      Resident Assistant
Sep. 06-Dec. 07    The Department of Resident Life is established to provide the basic housing and learning services
·         Coordinated six programs per semester for a floor of 75 freshmen/sophomore students
·         Facilitated monthly floor meetings
·         Supervised residence hall to ensure university policies are upheld

Community Leadership Experience
First Book- Greater New Orleans, New Orleans, LA                                                                          Board Member
Jun. 09-present    First Book-GNO works to end the literacy crisis in New Orleans through increasing children’s access to books
·         Volunteers with a diverse group of people representing the Greater New Orleans community to raise awareness and funds in order to provide new books to local literacy programs serving children from low-income families.
·         Increases awareness of bi-yearly grant cycles to school and community organizations through various marketing strategies
·         Awards qualifying classrooms and organizations with brand-new books distributed to students and implemented in program curriculum

                                Black Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD                                                     President
Jun. 06-Jun. 07     It serves the purpose of organizing to represent the interests of the Black undergraduate students of UMCP.
·         Planned & facilitated weekly executive board & general body meetings for the largest cultural campus group
·         Effectively managed a budget of close to $40,000 and promoted fiscally responsible policies
·         Organization Awards/Accomplishments:  Nyumburu Center Student Organization of the Year, Multicultural and Involvement Community Advocacy Office Personal Development and Identity Development Awards

May 08                   University of Maryland Sally S. Byrd Awardee: top female member of senior graduating class
May 08                   Maryland Medallion Society Inductee:  Top 20 men and women in senior graduating class
May 08                   University of Maryland John B. Slaughter Outstanding Service Award
May 07                   University of Maryland, Nyumburu Cultural Center Student Leader of the Year
Oct. 06                   CIVICUS Living/Learning program academic citation
May 05                   University of Maryland Omicron Delta Kappa Top Ten Freshman Awardee

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