A Life In the Classroom
My name is Alexis Harris, and I am currently a senior at CU Boulder. I am majoring in English Literature, while also getting my Secondary Education Licensure and a Minor in Creative Technology and Design (previously Technology, Arts, and Media).
My current area of focus in Education is creative curriculum, with an emphasis on the student’s funds of knowledge that they bring into the classroom, beyond just the things they might’ve learned in a classroom.
I love learning myself, and love learning broadly, and that’s why I’m in 3 separate colleges at CU! It’s also one of the main reasons that I have decided to spend my life in a classroom. I strongly believe that I can learn as much from my students as they can from me.
Currently I am working on a multidisciplinary project with the College of Arts and Sciences called the Collective to Advance Multimodal Participatory Publishing (CAMPP) with the faculty at CU Boulder.
My most recent previous project included creating and leading a student-led design challenge, the Sko Together Challenge, calling for undergraduate voices in solving the problem of connection within a pandemic.
In between projects, I do freelance graphic design, most recently for the non-profit organization Mission Spark and their partner organizations, and read when I can! Past that, I love keeping up with my Broncos and playing a pickup game of soccer.
Here is my teaching statement
Bachelor of Arts in English
4.0 GPA | Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
MAJOR: English with a teacher licensure in secondary education | MINOR: Creative Technology and Design in the College of Engineering and Applied Science | PRAXIS 5038 SCORE: 195
DESIGN WORK EXPERIENCE
*Head Intern of Sko Together Design Challenge
University of Colorado, Boulder | Summer 2020
Creating a student led initiative to help undergraduate students at CU Boulder foster connections despite pandemic restrictions. Responsibilities included creating the challenge website, creating the challenge brand, student outreach, and running the challenge when it was built.
*Head Intern of Collective to Advance Multimodal Participatory Publishing (CAMPP)
University of Colorado, Boulder | August 2020-Present
Working as an intern to help faculty members of the university publish their research under the open pedagogy framework. Projects include logo design, website development and design, and branding redesign for various faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Mission Spark, Denver, CO | April 2020 – Present
Working with the non-profit organization, I am contracted out to Mission Spark’s design partner companies to create graphic products using Adobe Creative Cloud. Previous projects include an infographic for the Colorado Tourism Office, a Company Roadmap for employees, and a Maternal Heath pamphlet.
TEACHING WORK EXPERIENCE
New Vista High School, Boulder, CO | August 2020 – Present
I am currently in my student teaching experience with Vanessa Dimiziani-Cascio, a teacher who I also did my practicum with in previous semesters. I will finish my student teaching and will attain teacher licensure in August of 2022.
Monarch K-8, Boulder, CO | January 2019 – May 2019
Building lesson plans and giving science lessons focused on creative
problem-solving to 4th graders at a local elementary school for my university offered class under the supervision of a Mentor Teacher.
Boulder, CO | January 2019 – December 2019
An organization that matches college students with older generations that need technological help. Every other Saturday, students meet with their mentee to help them understand how to use various devices, from iPads and tablets, to laptops, to phones.
*Mentor and Tutor
Boulder High School, Boulder, CO | Aug 2019 – Dec 2019
Working in Boulder High School’s “Engagement Center”, a program which provides support for students who would benefit from mentoring and interven-tion in a structured environment. I worked with re-engaging these students in their education, and worked to help them love learning again in a system they felt had failed them.
“I Have A Dream” Foundation, Boulder, CO | Jan 2018 – Dec 2018
As a tutor for this organization, I come in every week to work with kids from low-income families who often speak English as a second language to become more confident in their studies and schoolwork.
HONORS AND AWARDS
*Boettcher Scholarship Recipient
Colorado | 2018
Competitive scholarship awarded to 42 of the top scholars of Colorado based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, and involvement in the community.
*Dean’s List for College of Arts and Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder | August 2018 – May 2021
Award for achieving a 4.0 GPA in all six of my semesters so far at the university.
Gazette’s Best and Brightest
Colorado Springs, CO | April 2018
Awarded along with 14 other students, being named the best and brightest of Colorado Springs, recieving an article about each of us in the local newspaper.
Computer Languages HTML, CSS, Python
Design Programs Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro