Mike Austin

 

 

Professional Experience

 

2004-present

I currently teach US History and Character Education

at Independence Charter Middle School in Oklahoma.

 

2003-2004

Year-long sabbatical spent backpacking alone through the jungles and mountains of South and Central America. The rationale for this 'year of living dangerously' is here. Information and photos are here.

 

1993-2003

 

High School Teacher, Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Argentina,

grades 9-12, History/Economics/TOK/International Relations, IB/AP.

 

1989-1991

Social Studies Teacher, Marian Baker School, Costa Rica, grades 7-12 

(Middle and High Schools), History/Government/Geography, AP.  

 

1983-1985

Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

American Red Cross

 Portland Community College Continuing Education Program

 

 

Education

 

05/2016 Renewal of Teaching Certification
04/01/2016 - 06/30/2021

The Oklahoma State Department of Education

03/2011 Renewal of Teaching Certification

03/01/2001 - 06/30/2016

The Oklahoma State Department of Education

06/06

Accredited 

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2011

The Oklahoma State Department of Education

07/05

Awarded Teaching Certificate 

US History, Oklahoma History, Government, Economics, World History, Geography.

Grades 6-12

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education

OPTE Score Report

OSAT Score Report

OGET Score Report

 

01/05

Awarded Teaching License 

US History, Oklahoma History, Government, Economics, World History, Geography.

Grades 6-12

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education

 

   12/02    

 Awarded Provisional Teaching Certification 

 Secondary, Grades 7-12, History (CC) and Political Science (CD),

PV0003252-002290,

expires 06/30/08

 

State of Michigan

State Board of Education

Department of Education

06/02

Completed Requirements for Teaching Certification

 

Michigan State University

06/98-07/98

Completed nine semester hours working toward a Certification in Education

 

Michigan State University

 Valbonne, France

11/96-9/97

Graduate Studies in Education

 

University of Maryland

01/92-06/93

Post-baccalaureate studies in Economics, History, Politics and Spanish

 

Portland State University

 

1988

BS Political Science 

Portland State University

 

01/81-06/83

Graduate work in History and

Political Science

 

Portland State University

1980

BA History

High Honors

Portland State University

 

   

Foreign Experience

 

12/10 Guatemala

Spent 14 days backpacking in the isolated northern jungle

region of the Petén.

07/08 Guatemala  

General travel throughout the nation. Camping at the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Walking from village to village around Lake Atitlan.

 

06/07 Guatemala Solo backpacking to the Mayan ruins of El Zotz and on to Tikal.
03/04  

Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica

 

Year long sabbatical spent solo backpacking, in photography and writing.
2000 France Completed class work for Maryland Teaching Certification.
93/03 Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Paraguay  

Living and teaching in Argentina. Traveling and backpacking throughout Latin America. General photos here.

 

89/91 Costa Rica, Guatemala Living and teaching in Costa Rica. General travel throughout the region.

 

86/87 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru Year long adventure spent solo backpacking throughout Latin America. Eleven days spent walking through the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia. Some photos here.
 

83/84

 

Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

 

General travel throughout region. Some photos here.

 

80/81

 

England, Ireland, France, West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Morocco

General travel and hitch-hiking.

 

 

Professional Development

 

8/16 "Computer Science Fundamentals"
(Accelerated Course)
Learned basic coding and how to implement it into the classroom.
8/16 "Reading Aloud in the Classroom" Benefits of student reading throughout the curriculum.
Taught by Oklahoma Public School Resource Center.
8/14 "Best Practices"
All day workshop given by Drew Eichelberger
Workshop dealt with the State of Oklahoma's rejection of Common Core Standards and its substitution with revised PASS skills.
8/13 "Hard Core Common Core" all day workshop given by Drew Eichelberger. Intense review and discussion of Common Core Standards.
10/12 All day workshop titled "Rigor and Relevance" given by Brenda Davis. Workshop reviewed the coming implementation of Common Core Standards in 2013 - 2014.
08/12 All day workshop with Brenda Davis on
Common Core Standards
Reviewed Common Core Standards and the methods to be used to implement them in Oklahoma public schools in 2014.
05/12 All day workshop with Cathy Vatterott, author and educator.
Reviewed in detail grading procedures and discussed the most efficient methods of homework assessment.
08/11

"Classroom Management and Student Motivation", given by Drew Eichelberger,

Independence Charter Middle School

 

Explored a variety of unusual and useful methods to draw students into the material and keep them focused and motivated.
08/10

 

"Building an Advanced Academic Vocabulary" Workshop,

Independence Charter Middle School

 

Second part of an in-school seminar dedicated to methods of increasing vocabulary among middle school students.

 

08/09

"Building Academic Vocabulary" ConnectEd Services Workshop,

Independence Charter Middle School

 

In-school seminar dedicated to methods of increasing vocabulary among middle school students.
02/08

Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative and Talented

 

Participated in a workshop exploring the many methods of encouraging and teaching Gifted and Talented students.
02/07

Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative and Talented

 

Participated in a workshop exploring the many methods of encouraging and teaching Gifted and Talented students.
10/05

Love and Logic Workshop

Developed alternate methods of classroom management dependent upon re-evaluated teacher-student roles.

 

08/04

Faculty Retreat

Tenkiller Lake, Oklahoma

 

Participated in three-day conference and retreat with entire faculty and board.

11/02

AP Workshop

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln

 

Participated in Advanced Placement

 workshop in US History

 

07/98  

United World Colleges IB Workshop

New Mexico  

 

Attended a week-long course about the

IB Program in Economics  

 

96/97 Professional Development Hours, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

List of Professional Development acquired through Lincoln School
96

Curriculum Development,

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discussed a variety of methods related to curriculum writing and research.

 

10/96  

AASSA Conference

Buenos Aires, Argentina  

 

Participated in a three-day conference

 regarding issues in overseas teaching.

 

04/96

Skillful Teacher In-service, Buenos Aires, Argentina  

 

Participated in a two-day workshop concerning

 techniques of skillful teaching. 

 

07/95

 United World Colleges IB Workshop

New Mexico  

Attended a week-long course about the

 IB Program in Economics.  

04/94

AASSA Regional Workshop Santiago, Chile

Participated in a three-day conference concerning 

portfolio development and assessment.

     

 

Extracurricular Activities

 

2005- 2012

Fitness and Running Coach

 

Organized and coached a running and conditioning class for all middle school grade levels. Prepared select students for Track Team.

2004-present

Academic Team Coach

Twice State Champions

 

Organized Academic Team for grades 6 through 8,

participating in state and local competitions.

2004-2005

Advanced Blues Guitar

 

Developed guitar program for advanced students. Lessons include chord progressions, blues rhythms and scales, and improvisation.

1998-2002

 

Backpacking Club  

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln

  Organized and accompanied selected students for 

four-day backpacking trips into the Andes.

1994-2002

Knowledge Bowl Coach  

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln

Organized AASSA Knowledge Bowl competition for nine South American schools. Selected outstanding students to participate in International Knowledge Bowl competitions in Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

 

1995-2001  

Music Ensemble  

Buenos Aires, Argentina  

Member of a music group composed of parents, teachers and students who performed weekly for the local English-speaking Catholic Church.

 

1996-2000

Guitarist

Played in a variety of school performances

including the musical Grease.

1993-1994

 

Swim Team Coach  

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln

Trained swim team of twenty members for competition in the Buenos Aires area.

1989-91

 

Backpacking Club  

Marian Baker School

San Jose, Costa Rica  

 

Accompanied High School students on several outings into the jungles of

 Costa Rica for three days of hiking, camping and cooking.

1990-91

Advanced Placement Tutor

 San Jose, Costa Rica  

Tutored AP European History and AP American Government and Politics.

 

Military Service

 

1972-1975

United States Air Force

Medical Corpsman. 

Attained rank of non-commissioned officer (E-4).

 

 

Professional Membership

 

   

1986-2012

South American Explorers

 

 

 

 

Member of an adventure, travel and educational organization dealing with a variety of issues concerning Latin America.  Advised on issues concerning the Darien Gap region of South and Central America.

   

Publications  

 

 

October, 1988

  South American Explorer

"Making Ends Meet"  

I wrote an article concerning an eleven-day hike without

 guides, porters or boats across Panama into Colombia.

 

 

Interests

 

Solo Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Theology

Ancient Historians

Classical and World Music

Firearms

Bicycling

           

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