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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Karra Shimabukuro CV

Karra Shimabukuro
210 W. Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, N.C 27948
252.305.0219 Cell

To become part of a higher education environment where I can convey and share my knowledge and love of literature to students as well as integrate technology into the classroom as a learning tool.
  • M.A in English Literature from Bread Loaf School of English (2010)
    • Focusing on medieval literature
      • Relevant Coursework:
        • Chaucer: Claire Sponsler, University of Iowa
        • The Bible as Literature: D. Vance Smith, Princeton University
        • The Medieval English Romance: D. Vance Smith, Princeton University
        • Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory: Bruce Smith, University of Southern California
        • Paradise Lost in Context: Jeffrey Shoulson, Miami University
        • Vergil and Dante: John Fyler, Tufts University
  • M.S Ed. in Secondary English from City University of New York: The College of Staten Island (2004)
  • B.F.A in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University (1998)

Other Technology Training:
  • Haiku Training (2011)
  • Blackboard Training (2011)
  • Teaching Online Courses, LEARN NC (2010)
  • Moodle Training, LEARN NC (2010)

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Web 2.0 tools (Animoto, Prezi, Voki, Glogster, Xtranormal, Fotobabble, Lino)

Medieval literature and folklore
Technology in the classroom

  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • Permanently certified in North Carolina (PRAXIS)
  • Permanently certified in New York State (LAST, CST Middle School, CST English Content- high school, ATS-W, ATS-P)

College of the Albemarle, Manteo, North Carolina
January 2012-Present
  • Adjunct professor: ENG 90, Composition Strategies

North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, Raleigh, North Carolina
June 2011-Present
  • 2011-2012 AP Language
  • Revision Team for Blackboard to Moodle conversion of classes (Spring 2012)
  • Summer 2011 English IV: British Literature

Manteo High School, Manteo, North Carolina
August 2004-Present (tenured)
  • Department Chair 2011-present
  • Interim Department Chair 2009-2010
  • A.P Literature
  • A.P Language and Composition
  • British Literature (12th grade English)
  • American Literature (11th grade English)
  • Introduction to literature (9th grade English)

The School for Legal Studies, Brooklyn, New York
 August 2001-September 2004 (tenured)           
  • American Literature (11th grade English)
  • World Literature (9th grade English)

  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association 2011
    • Chair and presenter, “Milton and Paradise Lost’s Legacy”
      • “Milton’s Satan as Horror Movie Icon”
  • Dare County Schools In Service: How to Create a 21st Century Classroom
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association 2010: "Imaging Textual Studies" panel
    • "An Artist’s Perspective: How Images from the 1688 Edition of Paradise Lost Reflect Milton’s Unique Characterization of Satan"
  • Northeast Regional Educational Services Alliance (NERESA) Best Practices Conference
    • “Common Formative and Summative Assessments” (February 2010)
    •  “Wikispaces in the Classroom” (February 2009)
    • “Integrating Technology in the Classroom” with Michael Dobbs (February 2007)
  • Readings at Bread Loaf School of English
    • Blue Sky 2010 (Coordinator): “The Last One”, “Ink”, “Jasmine”
    • Blue Parlor 2008: “Medieval 101”, “Letters”, “There is comfort in this”
    • Blue Sky 2007: “Ye Dinna Ken”, “Heritage”
    • Blue Sky 2006: “Belonging”, “Broken”, “Gibson”


Internal Service:
  • English Department Chair
  • Member of Dare County Schools District Team for move to Common Core State Standards (2011-Present)
  • Member of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Site Team (2008-Present)
  • Member of Freshman Academy (member 2004-2010, chair 2009-2010)
  • Member of School Improvement Team (2007-2008, 2008-2009, chair 2009-2010)

External Service:
  • Write copy for newsletters, posters, flyers for Girl Scouts, Council of Colonial Coast

Professional Memberships:
Modern Language Association (2010-Present)
Milton Society (2010- Present)
National Council of Teachers of English (2010-Present)
Dare Education Foundation (2004-present, school representative 2009-Present)

Available upon request


Limbo (noun) A region or condition of oblivion or neglect.
This is where I am. It's a place that requires patience, and I have always been short on that.

So you spend months researching and working on a project, you pour all this energy into something, and then send it out into the great unknown. And then you wait. And wait. And wait. There are some days when you're too busy to think about it. Then you have the days when it's all you can think about.
I don't know if it's the same for everyone, but part of me feels as though it's a little worse for me (I know, I know, self-centered). I have no sphere of reference for any of this. I have no support system for this, no friends who are going through the same thing, no mentors to ask.
So here's what I've done...
  • You spend money you don't really have at Staples to get the paper, envelopes
  • You make sure everything is formatted to the wacky specifications
  • You print out everything. Check it, double check it, panic before putting it in the envelope, panic after you've put it in the envelope
  • Mail it out
  • Wait
And now here's where I am...
  • What is considered a "normal" wait time?
  • What happens next? If it's not accepted, do you take it nonchalantly and realize it's a percentage game? Move on to the next option? What is the next option?
  • How do you balance the confidence of thinking you're good, with the bone crushing despair that you're not going to make it?
Here's the end goal:
  • Scholarly articles published. Not because I have to, but because I want to.
  • Reviews published regularly in different journals. I can turn them around pretty fast, so I'd love to be a couple of journals' "go to" girl.
  • Full time employment at the college level. I prefer community colleges from the research I've done. I like the mission statements, the populations that are served.
  • A better quality of life. This means less work stress, being able to focus on the teaching and not the babysitting, more time with Nehi, not juggling three (okay four) jobs, not being bored, being with a group of like minded people, intelligent conversations with peers.
I think I'm doing everything I can. I can't think of anything else I can do, or that I can work any harder than I already am (as my tiredness proves). I guess in Limbo, you just have to wait and see and hope there's a light at the end of the tunnel.