The Middle Grades Job Market: Perspectives & Strategies
Presenter: John Swaim, Alexis Roberts, Stephen Palombo
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4-5pm ET

Join AMLE, middle grades expert John Swaim, CMLA President Alexis Roberts, and Stephen Palombo as we explore the realities of the middle grades job market and what you can do to get a great teaching job! Get the tools you need with this webinar!

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John Swaim
John Swaim has been a lifelong advocate of middle level education. With initial aspirations of being a high school coach and a teacher, he made the jump from high school to middle school and never looked back. His first teaching position was at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School where, in 1972, the school added the concept of middle school to its K-12 structure. John then made a career move to the College of Education at the University of Northern Colorado where he created the middle school teacher education program, which was eventually recognized as one of the first middle school teacher education programs in the nation. He also helped develop the first middle school certification standards in Colorado. In1994 John became a professor of education at Otterbein College in Ohio where he was instrumental in developing the middle school teacher education program and helped establish middle childhood certification at the state level. He is a past president of National Middle School Association (now AMLE), a recipient of the John Lounsbury Award, a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a member of the AMLE Foundation Fund committee, and founder of the Collegiate Middle Level Association.
Alexis Roberts
Alexis Roberts is a senior at Otterbein university finishing her Bachelors of Science in Education with concentrations in Math and Language Arts. Throughout her time at Otterbein she has developed a strong passion for professional development and continuous learning. Last summer, she travelled to Uganda for a month to work with young adolescent students and their teachers, and hopes to return soon! She recently completed her student teaching and is currently preparing for graduation, but in the meantime you are most likely to find her traveling or reading the latest young adult romance novel.
Stephen Palombo
Stephen Palombo is a Middle Childhood Education major at Otterbein University, his concentration areas are Science and Social Studies. Stephen truly believes in advocating for the adolescent years. Over the course of his short education career, he seen the potential that these students have and feels strongly about encouraging them to strive to that full potential, he knows they are capable of obtaining this. He also believes in the power of teaching the whole student. He understands in that reaching students is more than just about passing a test, it is about teaching them for the future and preparing them to be active members of society. Stephen is involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, active member of the Ohio Xi Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, is a Coordinator of the Host and Tour Program, and Co-President of OCMLA. He enjoys playing disc golf, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
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