- Goodyear, AZ
- November 3, 2018
I am applying for a position in education and training. My passion is teaching and serving others using the talents and skills given. I am a lifelong learner who brings twenty-six years of service as an educator. During my twenty-six years in education, I have worked with numerous diverse populations as both an educator and as a school counselor. I also have fourteen years experience working with diverse adult populations to include part-time faculty instructor, adjunct faculty instructor, and academic director for two different universities. I have a wealth of knowledge in K-12 public education and higher-level educational technology platforms.
In 2002, I was offered the opportunity to teach as an adjunct faculty instructor for Park University as a Social Psychology instructor. Park University is a worldwide university that services military personnel as well as civilians. Park has a main campus in Parkville, Missouri, outside Kansas City. I have taught over thirty courses for Park to include Guidance and Counseling, Systems of Psychotherapy, Junior and Senior Seminars, Multicultural Issues, Ethical Issues, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Test and Measurements, and several developmental psychology courses. In addition to these courses, I have also taught numerous Sociology courses.
In 2010, I was selected as the Park Distance Learning, Adjunct Faculty Academic Director. During this two-year period, I evaluated instructors and mediated student concerns. I also worked closely with the fulltime center director to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and staff. I evaluated and supervised over thirty adjunct faculty members. Part of my duties was to plan five faculty meetings a year and provide training; I was responsible for training the faculty on E-College, E-Companion and the use of online resources available from the University.
In 2004, I began to teach part-time for Northern Arizona University. As a part-time instructor, I have taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Education and Educational Psychology. In the undergraduate program I have taught Educational Psychology and Educational Assessment for students. At the graduate level, I taught Human Development, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Prevention, and Personality Adjustment.
In 2005, I worked as an elementary school counselor under the Safe Schools Grant. During the grants period of time I facilitated a Parent University and Bully Prevention programs, as well as being a member on several district wide committees.
During my twenty-six years as an elementary teacher and school counselor, I had the opportunity to work on numerous committees. Many of these committees required school wide and community wide events. For many of these events I was the facilitator / coordinator. I coordinated assemblies with outside agencies to include numerous events with Luke AFB Federal Heritage Recognition Month. I was also the committee chair for the school-wide Multicultural Committee. As the committee chair for four years, I organized numerous school wide events per year to include military members from Luke AFB, school wide multicultural fairs, and numerous schoolwide Memorial Day assemblies.
For five years I was the summer school coordinator where I supervised approximately 20 staff members and 200 students each year. My duties required me to interview and hire staff, work within the budget to order needed materials, coordinate transportation and lunches, create the class and duty schedules, as well as work with parents and other school personnel.
I hold two master’s degrees; A Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling (CACREP) and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently working on a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Ministry.
Prior to teaching, I served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Engineer and Aircraft Mechanic / Crew Chief. I earned my bachelor’s degree while on active duty along with two Associates of Applied Science. After leaving active duty, I spent eighteen years in the Arizona Air National Guard where I continued as a Flight Engineer and then retired as Crew Chief (Aircraft Mechanic). This was a dual career overlapping with my experiences as an educator. My military service has expanded twenty-four years with numerous deployments to foreign countries.
My outside interests involve working with my local church in a volunteer capacity. I have had the opportunity to serve in various ways to include growth group leader, hospitality café, and outside missions. I also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for seven years as a cub scout den leader and provided additional assistance as the unit trainer as well as training at the regional headquarters for various cub scout leader Pow Wows.
I have a servant’s heart along with a wealth of organizational skills, technology and computer knowledge, life skills, and experiences to bring to your organization. I am well versed in both k-8 practices, higher educational practices, curriculum and instruction, as well as the struggles of diverse populations and adult learners face daily. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon.
Ellen Neibarger –Turer
General Education Teacher
3rd and 5th grade teacher
Elementary School Counselor
College of Education Instructor
Aircraft Mechanic (Crew Chief) KC-135
Flight Engineer EC-130