Instructional Practice, Resume


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S. in Secondary English Education (Anticipated December 2017)
B.A. Global Studies (Anticipated December 2017)
Minors: Asian Studies and Japanese
GPA: 3.861

Study Abroad:
Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Osaka Japan
Asian Studies Program August 2014- June 2015

Endorsement: English and Provisionary English Language Learner
Practicum Experience:

Praticum, Lincoln North Star High School, Jessica Meyer
Lincoln, NE USA 01/2017-05/2017 

Practicum, Lincoln East High School, Ken Flowerday
Lincoln, NE USA 09/2016-12/2016

  • Assists instructor with planning
  • Plans lessons for student learning
  • Helps manage classroom of 31 students
  • Participated in class discussion to scaffold student learning

Practicum, Park Middle School, Katie Loughrist
Lincoln, NE USA 02/2016-05/2016

  • Taught vocabulary terms to a class of 5
  • Assisted students one-on-one with speech writing
  • Explained essay structure and organization to students
  • Helped chaperone a trip to UNL

Practicum, Park Middle School, Vicki Sommerich
Lincoln, NE USA 09/2013-12/2013

  • Taught vocabulary and literary devices in an English as a Learned Language class of 25
  • Assisted individual students with concepts in English they didn’t understand
  • Aided the instructor in answering student’s questions about the American school system and culture.

Other Student-Related Experience:

Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research (UCARE) 2016-2017
Research Focus: The Effects of School Policy on Student Motivation

  • Researches the effects of educational policy on student motivation
  • Interviews teachers about policy and motivation
  • Code interviews to data to measure results
  • Presents research to peers and others in the community


Intercultural Aide Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Housing
Lincoln, NE USA August 2015-Present

  • Guides international students to help them acclimate to the United States
  • Designs programs for students to get involved on campus
  • Mediates intercultural communications
  • Negotiates with other international students and student organizations


Kansai Gaidai University Writing Center
Hirakata, Osaka Japan August 2014-2015

  • Instructed Japanese students how to write essays
  • Mentored Japanese students on their resume writing and facilitated practice interviews
  • Explained grammatical concepts in English and Japanese as needed
  • Counseled students through study abroad preparation

Kawasaki Reading Room Student Aide, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE USA December 2012- May 2013

  • Guided patrons with their research by providing relevant materials
  • Organized the library and the bookshelves
  • Helped gather materials for events
  • Tutored patrons who were seeking help with the Japanese language

Japanese Tutor, Private Individuals

Lincoln, NE USA September 2012-May 2013

  • Explained Japanese language and culture
  • Helped students with homework
  • Aided those who would like to further their knowledge of Japanese
  • Answered questions about concepts students did not understand

Activities and Honors:

Global Friends of Japan: Member 2012-Present; Treasurer 2013-2014; President 2015-2016; Vice-President 2016-2017
Kansai Gaidai University Entrance Ceremony Speaker April 2nd, 2015

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean’s List: Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ruth Leverton Scholarship

Volunteer Experience:

Volunteer Usher, Lied Center, Lincoln, NE, August 2012-May 2014


About Me

Welcome to my e-portfolio!

My name is Marina Powers and I am a pre-service English Education and English Language Learner teacher. I love language and how language is used creatively to create great works of literature. This portfolio was created to showcase my beliefs as a teacher and personal commitment to education. My personal goal as an educator is to teach students how to be responsible members of their community in their school, in their city, in their state, in the United States, and as global citizens. In the era we live in, students cannot have an education that is not conducive to the world they must interact with. I’m dedicated to making sure that the needs of all learners are met; not just the predominant ones.

This portfolio will show how all my beliefs come together to create who I am as a teacher. I believe that the classroom should include all learners from every background and I want them to know that I care about them. I believe in student-centered education and making sure that the needs of the unique and diverse group of learners in my classroom are met.

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