Thuy Truong
M.A. Ed. 

RESUME

Career 
Summary

At a Glance

  • 16 years experience teaching and coaching diverse students 

  • Certified English teacher and coach

  • 11 years working with students with learning differences

  • Taught and advised at the middle school, high school, college, and university levels

Career Accomplishments: 

  • Researched and designed executive function curriculum in 2 weeks using extensive teaching  and coaching experience.

  • Transitioned seamlessly between teaching and coaching middle school, high school, college, adult, neurodiverse, and international students for 16 years.

  • Transformed a bare college office into a successful suite in 18 months using teaching expertise and multicultural knowledge with minimal training.

Skills​​
  • 16 Years Teaching & Advising Experience (Middle School, High School, College,  International, Neurodiverse, and Adult Students)

  • General & Special Education Teaching

  • Cultural Agility

  • In-Person & Virtual Instruction

  • Executive Function Coaching & Neurodiversity

  • Curriculum Designer (Traditional & Online)

  • Universal Design of Learning (UDL)

  • College Insider Knowledge 

  • ADA Laws/IEP/504 Plans

  • Tech Savviness  

Education
Syracuse University

Jan. - Mar. 2020

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Basic Building Blocks Webcourse 

Arizona State University

​2011 - 2012 

Master’s (GPA 3.9/4.0), Educational Administration and Supervision

Arizona State University

​2000 - 2004

Bachelor’s (summa cum laude), Secondary Education and English

Languages
  • Mandarin (Intermediate)

  • Vietnamese (Fluent)

Licenses/
Certificates
Certified Advanced Level Professional Academic Coach (2020), National Tutoring Association.    
Professional Educator License (English, 8-12), Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 2013.
Professional Educator License (English, 7-12), Arizona Department of  Education, 2006.
NACADA e-Tutorial: Theory and Practice of Advising (2018), NACADA.
QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program (2019), San Jose State University.
Publication 
"Memories Under the Moon"
Apr 1999

Arizona Asian American Association

First place personal essay

Work​
Experience​
TEACHING & COACHING EXPERIENCE (K-12 & COLLEGE LEVEL)   
Coach and Instructor  (TPT Teaching and Coaching, Bay Area, CA)   
1/2005-Present
  • Understand the student:  personally, academically, and uniquely. 

  • Assess, develop, and teach personalized instruction to diverse learners (general students, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Dysgraphia, Processing Issues, Depression etc.).

  • Creatively shift among 4 to 5+ distinct teaching styles on a daily basis to meet students' unique needs. 

  • Motivate students quickly by adding the human touch, often in 5-10 minutes. 

Executive Function Coach, English Instructor, Curriculum Designer (Tutor Corps, San Francisco, CA)   
7/2020-Present
  • Translate students' unique challenges into actionable steps and develop 1-1 curricula after the first meeting. 

  • Improve student's written expression techniques after 2-3 lessons. 

  • Understand students' academic and personal needs when the student/parent can't always verbalize it.

  • Connect class work to students' interests seamlessly.

Executive Function Coach and Project Specialist 
(Meyers Learning Center, Saratoga, CA)
1/2019-7/2020
  • Seamlessly taught and coached over 500 sessions with diverse learners (ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism, etc.). 

  • Assessed and pinpointed each student’s unique needs within the first 10-15 minutes. 

  • Transformed a middle schooler with writing anxiety into a wordsmith in 3 months.

  • Persuaded a high schooler to use essay outlines after 1 lesson despite chronic history of resistance. 

  • Pulled ADHD college student out of multiple meltdowns in 5 minutes with motivational coaching.

 

Academic Advisor (San Jose State University, San Jose, CA)  9/2018-8/2019
  • Developed and taught a 6-part Study Skills Workshop Series in 2 weeks using pedagogical knowledge.

  • Formed instant connections and counseled 15-20 diverse students daily on the navigation of the college process and campus resources.

  • Eased and advised students with mental health issues by cultivating a strong emotional connection.  

  • Designed student workshops and trained peer tutors on learning styles for 2 consecutive cycles.

Adjunct Instructor (Wheelock College, Boston, MA) 9/2016-5/2018

 

  • Achieved 95% student success rate by designing curriculum that met graduation requirements. 

  • Detected 30+ students’ distinct learning styles and formulated teaching solutions within the first meeting.  

  • Improved students’ writing skills within 10-15 weeks of instruction using innovative learning models.

  • Reduced students’ test anxiety in 3 months using tailored, mock exams and motivational techniques.

International Student Services Advisor (Wheelock College, Boston, MA) 7/2014-5/2018 

  • Identified students’ academic and cultural needs via email and in-person to tailor a culturally appropriate student experience.

  • Supported students' academic success through customizing educational plans in 24 hours using pedagogical expertise and cross-cultural skills.     

  • Deescalated students' personal crisis by contacting students in their native languages in just hours. 

Trilingual Tutor and Student Support Services (Urban College of Boston, Boston, MA) 12/2013-7/2014

  • Developed lessons and taught bilingual adult learners using 3 separate languages (English, Mandarin, and Vietnamese). 

  • Designed and executed coursework plans that helped adult students with personal/family crisis to achieve timely graduation in 3-4 months.  

  • Motivated adult learners to overcome personal barriers in just 1 session using deep listening. 

TEACHING & ADVISING EXPERIENCE (HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL)   

English Instructor (Independence High School, Glendale, AZ) 1/2005-5/2013

 

  • Increased students’ test scores by 13% the first year, 23% the second year on district tests by employing collaborative learning techniques.

  • Effectively accommodated special education students five class periods a day for 7 years.

  • Advised students holistically to help them overcome personal and academic barriers that impacted grades.

  • Founded and ran the Multicultural Club for 2 academic years and supervised 4 student leaders.

  • Guest spoke at the Glendale Union High School District’s Effective Curriculum and Instruction Workshop and trained 18 teachers. 

Volunteer
  • FAFSA Expert
    FAFSA Day Massachusetts, A College Goal Sunday Program
    Feb 2014 – May 2018
Since 2014, I annually assist students from low-income families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Read Across America Volunteer 
    Read Across America at Wheelock College
       Mar 2015 – May 2018

Since Spring 2015, I annually read children's books to preschoolers to instill an early love of language and literature in young minds.
  • Food Pantry Volunteer and Administrative Staff
      American Red Cross, Boston
      Jul 2015 – Oct 2015
Weekly Event: Prepared bags of perishable foods for low-income families, provided food delivery services to clients'​ cars, and executed trilingual, administrative processing during clients' intakes.
  • Food Pantry Volunteer
      San Jose State University (SJSU)
      Dec 2018 – Aug 2019
SJSU's Just In Time (JIT) Mobile Food Pantry is a grocery-style food distribution program for eligible students whom are experiencing food insecurity. The program offers a wide selection of foods including fresh produce, dairy items and more.