Cat Plakorus

Project Leader

Energetic and resourceful Certified Educator driven to continue to learn and grow professionally to be the most effective school leader. Able to understand and implement new technologies. Excels at being innovative, learning, and building strong, meaningful relationships

Experience

AUGUST 2015 – MAY 2018

CERTIFIED EDUCATOR, LA MONTE ELEMENTARY
  • 6th Grade (all subjects)
  • 4th-6th Grade English Language Arts
  • Member of Elementary Teacher Leadership Team
  • Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests by creating engaging and differentiated lessons.
  • Encouraged 21st century learning by integrating educational digital apps, tools, and online sources, as well as project-based and interest-driven instruction.
  • Effectively incorporated higher order thinking skills and critical thinking.
  • Planned and implemented creative lessons in accordance with Missouri State Learning Standards.
  • Fostered team collaboration between students through group projects.
  • Assessed students' reading and math levels using STAR and used the data to drive instruction.
  • Determined student strengths and weaknesses through observation, STAR testing and weekly assessments.
  • Developed students' computer and technology skills through demonstrations and practice.
  • Cooperated with parents to support students' learning and healthy development in school and at home.
  • Created a classroom environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
  • Implemented the school wide PBIS system.
  • Built strong, positive relationships with students, parents, and staff members.

AUGUST 2018 – PRESENT

CERTIFIED ROBOTICS AND STEM INSTRUCTOR, KNOB NOSTER ELEMENTARY
  • K-5th Grade Robotics and Stem
  • Voted Teacher of the Quarter in 2021
  • Member of Staff Leadership Team
  • Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests by creating engaging and differentiated lessons.
  • Engaged students in 21st century learning by integrating robotics and stem activities, as well as project-based and interest-driven instruction.
  • Effectively incorporated higher order thinking skills and critical thinking.
  • Planned and implemented creative lessons using FIRST Lego League Robotics in accordance with the district’s curriculum standards.
  • Fostered team collaboration between students through group projects.
  • Determined student strengths and weaknesses through observation and assessments.
  • Developed students' computer, technology, and robotics skills through demonstrations and practice.
  • Cooperated with parents to support students' learning and healthy development in school and at home.
  • Created a classroom environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
  • Implemented the school wide Leader in Me character education program.
  • Built strong, positive relationships with students, parents, and staff members.
  • Coached an after school FIRST Lego League Robotics team.
Education

2012

ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN TEACHING, STATE FAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Elementary Education

2015

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION, CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Elementary Education 1-6

2018

ASTER OF EDUCATION, CONCORDIA PORTLAND UNIVERSITY

Curriculum and Instruction

Educational Technology Leadership

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE FALL OF 2022

EDUCATION SPECIALIST, NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Educational Leadership K-12
Skills
  • Self-motived
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative
  • Technology integration
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Kind and empathetic
  • Life-long learning
  • Resourceful
  • Leadership
  • Creative
  • Positive and encouraging
  • Relationships
  • Computer Skills
Hobbies
Spending time outdoors fishing and working on DIY projects. I love putting in the extra effort to help my son and other students gain experiences beyond what they ever imagined.