Chari Kauffman Resume and Portfolio

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. —Kofi Annan
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. —Katherine Patterson

Objective -To use my passion for reading, teaching, and leadership to obtain a Teacher Librarian position.

Student from NSMS reading a magazine in the library.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him. —Maya Angelou

Work Experience

Dressed up as Ms. Frizzle (modified for Reading) on Halloween

North Shore Middle School – GPISD – Pre-AP Reading – 7th 08/14 – Present

Seventh grade classroom reading teacher in Galena Park ISD. Motivate students to learn with engaging student centered lessons. Manage classroom and teaching responsibilities to include: submitting lesson plans, LEP paperwork, 504 paperwork in a timely manner. Actively participate in planning meetings, staff developments and other district training sessions. Accompanist for band and choir solo/ensemble contest.

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. —Vera Nazarian

This Africa Light of Mine - Director 10/08 - Present

Students enjoying lunch with their friends.

Founded this non-profit in 2008 to support a school in the Kawangware Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Currently I direct activities to raise funds to support a slum school in Nairobi, Kenya, where we feed and educate 400 children daily. Includes: speaking, writing proposals, contacting organizations and fundraisers, and many other activities.

Correspond directly with the director of Africa Light Christian Education Center to ascertain needs and distribute funding.

Lunch line at the slum school. For many children this will be the only meal that they receive. Every day it consists of rice and some form of beans.

Administrative details to include: bookkeeping, budgeting and 501(c)(3) compliance issues.

This Africa Light of Mine School in the Kawangware Slum of Nairobi, Kenya
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. -Albert Einstein

Don’t Bite Me! Patch 04/07 – 08/14

Invented, manufactured and marketed the Don’t Bite Me! Patch. Included filing for patent, complex legal matters, developing logos, marketing material and public relations material. Product was featured in multiple national magazines, newspapers, television shows and even Good Morning America twice.

Consulted other companies regarding topical patch manufacturing processes and marketing of new products.

Fulfill product orders; build websites, Facebook pages, and other marketing duties for various companies.

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment. - Tony Robbins

AT&T Yellow Pages 03/95 – 04/07

Direct sales of Yellow Pages advertising to small and large businesses

Promoted to Inside Sales Manager in 1997. Included directing and managing sales objectives for a team of 8 – 10 representatives. Also included training, coaching and disciplining employees.

Promoted to Outside Sales Manager in 1999. Included directing work and managing sales objectives for a team of 8 – 10 representatives. Also included training, coaching and disciplining employees.

Fairy tales in childhood are stepping stones throughout life, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a brief literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can lead to a Happily Ever After. Do not take that gift of hope lightly. It has the power to conquer despair in the midst of sorrow, to light the darkness in the valleys of life, to whisper “One more time” in the face of failure. Hope is what gives life to dreams, making the fairy tale the reality. —L.R. Knost

Combined Talents of Teaching, Reading, Leading, and Business Management = Excellent Teacher Librarian

I believe that my diverse career has been leading me to the position of Teacher Librarian. Combining my passion for reading, love of children, skill at teaching, and business experience makes a perfect combination for a teacher librarian. For the past year and a half I have been studying hard, preparing documents for use in the library and planning lessons.

The following are some of my artifacts:

Read, read, read. —William Faulkner
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. —Richard Steele

Original Cataloging Sample:

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. —E.P. Whipple

lesson plans

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. —Emilie Buchwald

Literacy Night

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. —Jorge Luis Borges

Hour of Code

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. —Jacqueline Kennedy

Passport to Reading Challenge

CRAAP Website Evaluation

CRAAP Bookmark


Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Science Fair Camp

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. —Frank Serafini

Book Tasting

Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. -Henry Samueli

Talent Show

We read to know we are not alone. —C.S. Lewis

Reading Bingo

Books are a uniquely portable magic. —Stephen King

Reader's Theater

I look forward to discussing the open library position with you. My cell phone number is 713-517-0214.

Chari Kauffman, 2612 Sleepy Hollow Dr., Pearland, TX 77581


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