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It All Begins With a Single Step

It All Begins With a Single Step…












Melissa A. Basalla


EDUC 802


MELISSA A. BASALLA

Email: [email protected]

SUMMARY:

An educator with a distinguished 19-year career in the English and ESL classroom. Proven abilities to instruct in a multicultural environment with
dedication, kindness, patience and imagination leading to student improvement and increased confidence in academic writing and critical thinking
skills. Interested in an academic and challenging position to highlight and enhance my skills as an educator.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

June 2019 – Present California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
Academic Advisor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences

*Advise students of proper courses for major, university, and general education requirements.
*Calculate grades, term GPA, and cum GPA.
*Organize and teach academic workshops.

* *Work with entities on campus such as Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Graduation, Testing, and Major departments to coordinate academic
success.


June 2004 – June 2019 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes
*Advise student-athletes of proper courses for major, university, and general education requirements.
*Create Excel spreadsheets to monitor ELM/EPT requirements and Early Start

*Monitor student-athlete progress of remedial courses and Writing Proficiency Exam.
*Organize study hall and tutoring for student-athletes.
*Calculate grades, term GPA, and cum GPA for Division use.

*Organize and teach academic workshops.
*Monitor student-athletes’ academic progress through midterm reporting.
*Verify student-athletes’ eligibility for competition and practice.
*Work with entities on campus such as Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Graduation, Testing, and Major departments to coordinate academic
success.

*Volunteer for Athletic events such as Michelob/Pepsi Golf Tournament and the Billie Jean King Tennis Event and Dinner/Auction.
*Help Associate Athletics Director with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee projects and fundraising activities.

*Serve as the Mascot, Eddie the Eagle when needed for athletic events.


MELISSA A. BASALLA

Email: [email protected]

SUMMARY:

An educator with a distinguished 19-year career in the English and ESL classroom. Proven abilities to instruct in a multicultural environment with
dedication, kindness, patience and imagination leading to student improvement and increased confidence in academic writing and critical thinking
skills. Interested in an academic and challenging position to highlight and enhance my skills as an educator.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

June 2019 – Present California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
Academic Advisor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences

*Advise students of proper courses for major, university, and general education requirements.
*Calculate grades, term GPA, and cum GPA.
*Organize and teach academic workshops.

* *Work with entities on campus such as Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Graduation, Testing, and Major departments to coordinate academic
success.


June 2004 – June 2019 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes
*Advise student-athletes of proper courses for major, university, and general education requirements.
*Create Excel spreadsheets to monitor ELM/EPT requirements and Early Start

*Monitor student-athlete progress of remedial courses and Writing Proficiency Exam.
*Organize study hall and tutoring for student-athletes.
*Calculate grades, term GPA, and cum GPA for Division use.

*Organize and teach academic workshops.
*Monitor student-athletes’ academic progress through midterm reporting.
*Verify student-athletes’ eligibility for competition and practice.
*Work with entities on campus such as Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Graduation, Testing, and Major departments to coordinate academic
success.

*Volunteer for Athletic events such as Michelob/Pepsi Golf Tournament and the Billie Jean King Tennis Event and Dinner/Auction.
*Help Associate Athletics Director with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee projects and fundraising activities.

*Serve as the Mascot, Eddie the Eagle when needed for athletic events.


Sept 2007 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA
Part-time Associate Professor, Credit ESL
*Instruct students in ESL courses. Courses include ESL 151 (Hybrid and Online-Reading and Composition V), ESL 141 (Grammar and Writing IV),

and ESL 135 (Listening and Speaking III).
*Grade essays and comment on student work.
*Responsible for organization of class syllabi.
*Help students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

*Follow administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).
*Developing an ESL 151 (Composition V) online course to launch in Fall 2018.

Jan 2001 – June 2017 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA

Part-time Associate Professor, Composition and Rhetoric

*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition. Courses include English 21 (English Fundamentals), English 28 (Intermediate
English), English 101 (College Reading and Composition I), and English 103 (Composition and Critical Thinking), and ESL 005A (College
ESL V: Writing and Grammar)
*Graded essays and comment on student work.

*Organized class syllabi, rosters, and census rosters.
*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing, reading, and grammar skills.

*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Sept. 2012 – June 2013 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Part-time University Advisement Center Instructor, University 101
*Instructed students in an Introduction to Higher Education course (Univ 101).
*Graded essays and comment on student work.
*Organized Moodle (online teaching tool) discussions and journal assignments.

*Organized class syllabi.

*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of the University and Critical Reading.
*Submitted and graded student portfolios.
*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Sept 2007 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA
Part-time Associate Professor, Credit ESL
*Instruct students in ESL courses. Courses include ESL 151 (Hybrid and Online-Reading and Composition V), ESL 141 (Grammar and Writing IV),

and ESL 135 (Listening and Speaking III).
*Grade essays and comment on student work.
*Responsible for organization of class syllabi.
*Help students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

*Follow administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).
*Developing an ESL 151 (Composition V) online course to launch in Fall 2018.

Jan 2001 – June 2017 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA

Part-time Associate Professor, Composition and Rhetoric

*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition. Courses include English 21 (English Fundamentals), English 28 (Intermediate
English), English 101 (College Reading and Composition I), and English 103 (Composition and Critical Thinking), and ESL 005A (College
ESL V: Writing and Grammar)
*Graded essays and comment on student work.

*Organized class syllabi, rosters, and census rosters.
*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing, reading, and grammar skills.

*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Sept. 2012 – June 2013 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Part-time University Advisement Center Instructor, University 101
*Instructed students in an Introduction to Higher Education course (Univ 101).
*Graded essays and comment on student work.
*Organized Moodle (online teaching tool) discussions and journal assignments.

*Organized class syllabi.

*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of the University and Critical Reading.
*Submitted and graded student portfolios.
*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Feb 2001 – June 2004 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Athletic Academic Advisor

*Advised student-athletes of proper courses for major and general education requirements.
*Calculated grades, term GPA, and cum GPA for Division use

*Organized study halls and tutoring for student-athletes.
*Monitored student-athletes’ academic progress through midterm reporting.
*Verified student-athletes’ eligibility for competition and practice.
*Volunteered for Athletic events such as Michelob/Pepsi Golf Tournament and the Billie Jean King Tennis Event and Dinner/Auction.


Jan. 2001 – Jan 2002 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Part-time English Instructor, Composition and Rhetoric
*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition. Courses include English 95, 96, and 101
*Graded essays and comment on student work.
*Organized class syllabi.

*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing.
*Submitted and graded student portfolios.

*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Dec 2000 – Jan 2001 Saint Thomas More Elementary School Alhambra, CA
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th
Substitute Teacher for Language Arts Program (5 – 8 grade)
*Substituted for the Language Arts teacher when she was ill
*Followed the main teacher’s lesson plans and graded papers



Sept. 1999 – Dec. 2000 California State University, LA. Los Angeles, CA
English Instructor (Teaching Assistantship), Composition and Rhetoric

*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition.
*Graded essays and made comments on student work.
*Responsible for organization of class syllabi.
*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing.

*Submitted and graded student portfolios.
*Follow administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Feb 2001 – June 2004 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Athletic Academic Advisor

*Advised student-athletes of proper courses for major and general education requirements.
*Calculated grades, term GPA, and cum GPA for Division use

*Organized study halls and tutoring for student-athletes.
*Monitored student-athletes’ academic progress through midterm reporting.
*Verified student-athletes’ eligibility for competition and practice.
*Volunteered for Athletic events such as Michelob/Pepsi Golf Tournament and the Billie Jean King Tennis Event and Dinner/Auction.


Jan. 2001 – Jan 2002 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA

Part-time English Instructor, Composition and Rhetoric
*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition. Courses include English 95, 96, and 101
*Graded essays and comment on student work.
*Organized class syllabi.

*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing.
*Submitted and graded student portfolios.

*Followed administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Dec 2000 – Jan 2001 Saint Thomas More Elementary School Alhambra, CA
th
th
Substitute Teacher for Language Arts Program (5 – 8 grade)
*Substituted for the Language Arts teacher when she was ill
*Followed the main teacher’s lesson plans and graded papers



Sept. 1999 – Dec. 2000 California State University, LA. Los Angeles, CA
English Instructor (Teaching Assistantship), Composition and Rhetoric

*Instructed students in Basic Writing and Composition.
*Graded essays and made comments on student work.
*Responsible for organization of class syllabi.
*Helped students (one on one) achieve a comprehensible understanding of writing.

*Submitted and graded student portfolios.
*Follow administrative criteria (add/drop, registration, and grading).


Jan. 1996–Dec. 1999 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
School of Business Advisement Center, Graduate Assistant

*Inputted student programs and data into OASIS.
*Advised students on University policies, procedures, articulation agreements and deadlines.

*Involved with University Outreach and Orientation.
*Assisted advisers with graduation, reinstatement, and major program procedures.


Jan. 1996–Dec. 1999 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
School of Business Advisement Center, Graduate Assistant

*Inputted student programs and data into OASIS.
*Advised students on University policies, procedures, articulation agreements and deadlines.

*Involved with University Outreach and Orientation.
*Assisted advisers with graduation, reinstatement, and major program procedures.


EDUCATION:

Spring 2019 – Present Drexel University Philadelphia, PA.
EdD, Educational Leadership with concentration in Learning Technologies
st
- Started April 1 2019 will pursue an EdD in an online three year program.

Spring 2012 – 2013 California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA

Postsecondary Reading Certificate, awarded June 2013.
-4.00/4.00

- 16 credits completed.

Sept. 2005 – March 2007 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, awarded March 2007.

- 4.00/4.00
-45 units completed.

*Dean’s List and Honors Awarded 2005-06, 2006-07


Sept. 1996–Dec. 2000 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
M.A., English Literature, awarded Dec. 2000.

- 3.68/4.00
- 45 units completed.
*Awarded the Potter Raskin Scholarship, 1997.
*Dean’s List 1996, 1997.


1989-1994 Indiana University of PA Indiana, PA.
B.S., Biological Sciences, Minors: Chemistry and Psychology: Awarded May 14, 1994.
*Who’s Who among Universities and Colleges, 1994.


EDUCATION:

Spring 2019 – Present Drexel University Philadelphia, PA.
EdD, Educational Leadership with concentration in Learning Technologies
st
- Started April 1 2019 will pursue an EdD in an online three year program.

Spring 2012 – 2013 California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA

Postsecondary Reading Certificate, awarded June 2013.
-4.00/4.00

- 16 credits completed.

Sept. 2005 – March 2007 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, awarded March 2007.

- 4.00/4.00
-45 units completed.

*Dean’s List and Honors Awarded 2005-06, 2006-07


Sept. 1996–Dec. 2000 California State University, LA Los Angeles, CA
M.A., English Literature, awarded Dec. 2000.

- 3.68/4.00
- 45 units completed.
*Awarded the Potter Raskin Scholarship, 1997.
*Dean’s List 1996, 1997.


1989-1994 Indiana University of PA Indiana, PA.
B.S., Biological Sciences, Minors: Chemistry and Psychology: Awarded May 14, 1994.
*Who’s Who among Universities and Colleges, 1994.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:



*Member of the California Association of Teaching English as a Second Language (CATESOL) (2007-Present).


*Member of the National Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) (2007-present).


*Member of the National Athletics Academic Adviser Association (N4A) (2010 to present).


*Member of the National Association of College Department Advisors (NACDA) (2016-present).


*Member of the California Faculty Association (CFA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – 2000 to present.












































This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:



*Member of the California Association of Teaching English as a Second Language (CATESOL) (2007-Present).


*Member of the National Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) (2007-present).


*Member of the National Athletics Academic Adviser Association (N4A) (2010 to present).


*Member of the National Association of College Department Advisors (NACDA) (2016-present).


*Member of the California Faculty Association (CFA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – 2000 to present.












































This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND


COMMITTEES AND PROJECTS:
Fall 2019 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.
ESL 151 Level Leader

*Mentor new instructors regarding ESL 151 course for the ESL Credit Program.

*Attend monthly ESL Division meetings to stay appraised of policy and procedures for the ESL Credit program.
*Report to the ESL Credit department chair about instructor progress and problems with ESL 151.

January 2018 – August 2019 Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

Distance Education Mentor
*Mentor new instructors to the distance education hybrid and online teaching for the ESL Credit Program.

*Attend monthly CoDE (Committee of Distance Education) meetings to stay appraised of policy and procedures for the ESL Credit
program.

*Report to the ESL Credit department chair any new policies and procedures for DE.

Summer 2018 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

OEI Committee Member
*Collaborate with the OEI project to implement more OEI courses into GCC’s current online program.

*Work to complete OEI compliance for my current online ESL 151 course.

*Completed an OEI Evaluators course to learn current policies and procedures and evaluation techniques for OEI based courses.
Summer 2018 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

OER (Online Educational Resource) Project

*Working with two other colleagues to develop online and free textbook sources for ESL 151 teachers.
*Researching articles, activities, handouts, and resources to add to a Canvas Resource Page dedicated to OER.


SPECIAL SKILLS:


*Ability to work with computer programs such as: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Windows 7, Oasis Programs, PeopleSoft,
GET (CARR) Scheduling Program, Word Processing Programs, Apple programs and applications, and Internet. I am versed in
Blackboard, Moodle and Canvas teaching since I have taught a Hybrid course online for five years and now one online course for
Glendale Community College. Also, I can maneuver social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


*Ability to work within a multicultural and diverse environment.


COMMITTEES AND PROJECTS:
Fall 2019 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.
ESL 151 Level Leader

*Mentor new instructors regarding ESL 151 course for the ESL Credit Program.

*Attend monthly ESL Division meetings to stay appraised of policy and procedures for the ESL Credit program.
*Report to the ESL Credit department chair about instructor progress and problems with ESL 151.

January 2018 – August 2019 Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

Distance Education Mentor
*Mentor new instructors to the distance education hybrid and online teaching for the ESL Credit Program.

*Attend monthly CoDE (Committee of Distance Education) meetings to stay appraised of policy and procedures for the ESL Credit
program.

*Report to the ESL Credit department chair any new policies and procedures for DE.

Summer 2018 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

OEI Committee Member
*Collaborate with the OEI project to implement more OEI courses into GCC’s current online program.

*Work to complete OEI compliance for my current online ESL 151 course.

*Completed an OEI Evaluators course to learn current policies and procedures and evaluation techniques for OEI based courses.
Summer 2018 – Present Glendale Community College Glendale, CA.

OER (Online Educational Resource) Project

*Working with two other colleagues to develop online and free textbook sources for ESL 151 teachers.
*Researching articles, activities, handouts, and resources to add to a Canvas Resource Page dedicated to OER.


SPECIAL SKILLS:


*Ability to work with computer programs such as: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Windows 7, Oasis Programs, PeopleSoft,
GET (CARR) Scheduling Program, Word Processing Programs, Apple programs and applications, and Internet. I am versed in
Blackboard, Moodle and Canvas teaching since I have taught a Hybrid course online for five years and now one online course for
Glendale Community College. Also, I can maneuver social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


*Ability to work within a multicultural and diverse environment.


INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES are kind of my thing. I draw great strength from the words of others. Since I am an aspiring writer, you can see
why. I hope one day to inspire others as much as the great writers, filmmakers, and teachers have inspired me to reach for my goals, dreams

and aspirations. Moreover, to never allow others to remove my power and ability to do so with their negative words, actions, or deeds.


INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES are kind of my thing. I draw great strength from the words of others. Since I am an aspiring writer, you can see
why. I hope one day to inspire others as much as the great writers, filmmakers, and teachers have inspired me to reach for my goals, dreams

and aspirations. Moreover, to never allow others to remove my power and ability to do so with their negative words, actions, or deeds.


Teaching Philosophy:




Ah Teaching! How do I love thee, Let me count the ways!





When deciding on a philosophy to govern a teacher’s method and structure in the classroom, the ideas must



be poignant, yet definitive. I subscribe to three basic criteria for teaching.




1. To provide students with a safe and secure environment in which to learn, express ideas, and develop skills



that will be building blocks to other courses.



2. To provide students with the most current and up-to-date tools to build better skills and gain a competitive



edge in a growing technological world.



3. To help students become crucial thinkers and analyzers of information and use tolerant, unbiased methods to




deal with other people’s opinions especially when they differ from their own beliefs.



Through these three criteria, the teacher can become keenly aware of the individuals needs and abilities to allow



for the greatest amount of input for the student context to motivate students to learn. In addition, the teacher gains



knowledge related to the students’ capability as a learner and can develop, move, and enhance the students’



abilities through planned activities that guide them along the developmental scale. Through scaffolding, teachers


Teaching Philosophy:




Ah Teaching! How do I love thee, Let me count the ways!





When deciding on a philosophy to govern a teacher’s method and structure in the classroom, the ideas must



be poignant, yet definitive. I subscribe to three basic criteria for teaching.




1. To provide students with a safe and secure environment in which to learn, express ideas, and develop skills



that will be building blocks to other courses.



2. To provide students with the most current and up-to-date tools to build better skills and gain a competitive



edge in a growing technological world.



3. To help students become crucial thinkers and analyzers of information and use tolerant, unbiased methods to




deal with other people’s opinions especially when they differ from their own beliefs.



Through these three criteria, the teacher can become keenly aware of the individuals needs and abilities to allow



for the greatest amount of input for the student context to motivate students to learn. In addition, the teacher gains



knowledge related to the students’ capability as a learner and can develop, move, and enhance the students’



abilities through planned activities that guide them along the developmental scale. Through scaffolding, teachers


may utilize their own creative context to motivate students to learn. The teacher must not only become an observer



of a student’s learning abilities, but also a student who continues to grow through the observations and lessons in



the classroom.



In order to become an effective teacher, the individual must learn from the teaching mishaps and recast or




redirect to enhance the learning experience for the student. To be a good teacher, we must not only love the subject



matter, but also love the process we creatively develop for the classroom to help the young and old minds that



come to us, eager to gain knowledge and absorb the plethora of information we can impart onto them. Teaching



allows the individual to become a facilitator of ideas, knowledge, and growth and mold those who wish to be



learners into outstanding, educated citizens.


may utilize their own creative context to motivate students to learn. The teacher must not only become an observer



of a student’s learning abilities, but also a student who continues to grow through the observations and lessons in



the classroom.



In order to become an effective teacher, the individual must learn from the teaching mishaps and recast or




redirect to enhance the learning experience for the student. To be a good teacher, we must not only love the subject



matter, but also love the process we creatively develop for the classroom to help the young and old minds that



come to us, eager to gain knowledge and absorb the plethora of information we can impart onto them. Teaching



allows the individual to become a facilitator of ideas, knowledge, and growth and mold those who wish to be



learners into outstanding, educated citizens.


A year in the life… BTW...Speaking of dogs...here is my Niece, Sue.



My favorite animal is the Koala Bear. With the
Australian fires, I was able to adopt one to help get

them back into the wild.

NAME: Kweekey









Beside my professional experience, education and
professional development, I like to travel and My brother and sister in law live in Seattle, WA. I

explore new places whether that is in California or go to visit when I can. This little bakery makes

the rest of the United States. doggie cupcake treats (and human treats too)!

Museums are a fun activity on rainy days. And you
I think I am addicted to Disneyland. Speaking of the bro….
can learn a lot to take into the classroom. This is
the Broad Museum in Downtown LA.

















Living in Southern California, I am never really
Yes, ladies…that beard is real!
bored. With so many places to go and things to
see, AND, the weather is always . AND…No matter where I may roam…I will always


VEGAS, VEGAS, VEGAS….. be a fan!

This balloon dog was inside.











My family and I love Vegas. We visit at least once

or twice a year. It is one of those place you get sick
of, but always come back. The most I have ever

won is $400.00. Beginner’s Luck!


A year in the life… BTW...Speaking of dogs...here is my Niece, Sue.



My favorite animal is the Koala Bear. With the
Australian fires, I was able to adopt one to help get

them back into the wild.

NAME: Kweekey









Beside my professional experience, education and
professional development, I like to travel and My brother and sister in law live in Seattle, WA. I

explore new places whether that is in California or go to visit when I can. This little bakery makes

the rest of the United States. doggie cupcake treats (and human treats too)!

Museums are a fun activity on rainy days. And you
I think I am addicted to Disneyland. Speaking of the bro….
can learn a lot to take into the classroom. This is
the Broad Museum in Downtown LA.

















Living in Southern California, I am never really
Yes, ladies…that beard is real!
bored. With so many places to go and things to
see, AND, the weather is always . AND…No matter where I may roam…I will always


VEGAS, VEGAS, VEGAS….. be a fan!

This balloon dog was inside.











My family and I love Vegas. We visit at least once

or twice a year. It is one of those place you get sick
of, but always come back. The most I have ever

won is $400.00. Beginner’s Luck!


The end is just a new beginning…Take the first step!


The end is just a new beginning…Take the first step!


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