Curriculum Vitae

Emily Vallillo    Rua Jacques Felix, 709, Apt 122, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil 05642

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Dominican University, Chicago, IL                                                               June 2009

  • Teach for America: Illinois State Board of Education Approved Alternative Certification.
  • Considered “Highly Qualified” under No Child Left Behind Act.

Type 23 Provisional Alternative K – 9 Certification                                         August 2009

Endorsed in the instruction of Language Arts, Theater, and Reading 

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT                                                          2005 – 2009

  • Bachelor of Arts, May 2009
  • Major: The College of Letters, an interdisciplinary program for the study of Literature, History, and Philosophy.

Awarded honors for thesis entitled Embodying the Animal: Questioning Human Identity.

  • GPA: 3.7/4.0     

Université Grenoble, Swarthmore Program, Grenoble, France              Spring 2007

  • Coursework conducted in French; included French literature, history, and cinematography.


6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Escola Graduada/Graded, Sao Paulo, Brazil                                      July 2013 – Present

  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to develop an individualized humanities curriculum investigating modern inequality through case studies in Brazil, India, China, and South Africa.
  • Create and run service-learning opportunities for students to collaborate and form relationships with children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Lead the 6th grade team in the creation of rubrics, response to intervention, reflection and advisory curriculum.
  • Plan and execute the Classroom Without Walls three day overnight trip for 90 students.
  • Lead the humanities team in designing an integrated humanities curriculum that incorporates service learning and rigorous, standards-based assessment.
  • Attend professional development on technology integration, backwards design, project-based learning and assessment practices at Graded, the American School of Bombay, and the American School in Brasilia.
  • Presenter at the AASSA (American Schools in South America) 2014 Conference and Innovate 2015 Conference.

 9th Grade Reading Teacher, Epic Academy, South Chicago                                                            June 2010 – June 2013

  • Led the reading department in the development of a differentiated curriculum aimed at helping struggling readers reach grade level.
  • Created inquiry-based, data-driven curriculum for 9th grade reading and reading intervention programs.
  • Collaboratively constructed a variety of behavior modification plans empowering students to take ownership of their learning.
  • Utilized ongoing student data to construct empowering long and short-term student goals.
  • Participated in ongoing professional development around inquiry instruction, literacy, writing, and differentiation.
  • Built and organized the Epic Academy library.
  • Designed curriculum and field-work for intensive filmmaking class.
  • Presenter at the Expeditionary Learning National Conference 2012.

Resource Room Specialist, Teach for America, Chicago                                                             Summer 2010 and 2011

  • Coached first year teachers in backwards design, strong assessment, and differentiation.
  • Led workshops on incorporating literacy and discussion strategies into classrooms.

 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Dvorak Elementary, North Lawndale, Chicago                 Fall 2009 – Summer 2010

  • Designed differentiated curriculum for 8th grade reading and writing.
  • Developed long-term plans based on Illinois curriculum standards and created unit plans and daily lesson plans based on long-term curricular goals.
  • Empowered struggling readers by guiding them in S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, goal tracking, and developing their growth mindsets.
  • Participated in professional development with Alfred Tatum on his book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males.

First Grade Teacher, Bass Elementary in Englewood, Teach for America, Chicago, IL                                                   Summer 2009

  • Collaborated with colleagues to develop and teach first grade remedial summer program at Bass Elementary.
  • Created word study, reading, writing, and math daily lesson plans to ensure students were ready for second grade.
  • Developed classroom management systems and procedures targeted for early elementary.
  • Participated in ongoing professional development workshops on lesson design and data-driven instruction.

French and French Drama Teacher, The American School in Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland                             Summer 2008

  • Designed and implemented curriculum for French and French Drama for adolescents.
  • Created and executed daily lesson plans and weekend activities including juggling and gymnastics.

Education Intern, MCC Off-Broadway Theater Company, New York City, NY                                                               Summer 2007

  • Coached teenagers in acting and direction.
  • Stage-managed rehearsals and created rehearsal schedules.


  • Accelerate One Day Social Entrepreneurship Cohort 2012
  • Education Champions Finalist             2012
  • Teach for America Corps Member 2009 – 2011
  • Nominated for the Sue Lemon Excellence in Teaching award 2010


Intermediate (B2) Portuguese, Conversational French, Curriculum Development, Technology Integration, Literacy Instruction, Urban Education, Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Google Apps, Microsoft Office


Acting, Directing, Photography, Guitar, Cycling, Running, Creative Writing



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