Portfolio

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Brooke Allen
email: balleac@siue.edu

Education   

  • Current, SIUE, Art Studio Major

    • I am currently working on my undergrad in Art Studio with the goal of obtaining a master’s degree in Art Therapy.  Art therapy uses the creative process of making art to explore and work on a person’s feelings, negative emotions, and behaviors. The creative process of producing artwork helps people resolve stress and anxiety, learn new social skills, and improve self-esteem and awareness. My goal is to work with children who have experienced trauma and those that are in underserved communities.

  • 2020 Graduate, Edwardsville Senior High School, Edwardsville, IL

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Member of the SIUE Women’s Track and Field team

  • Host art therapy events for college students to help enable them to use creative processes to improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Experience

KinderCare Learning Center (Current)

Assistant Teacher

  • Assist teachers with the implementation of KCE’s curriculum in a way that is consistent with the unique needs of each child

  • Create a safe, nurturing environment where children can play and learn.

  • Partner with parents with a shared desire to provide the best care and education for their children

  • Support center’s success by partnering with center staff and leadership to achieve goals around enrollment, accreditation, and engagement

  • Cultivate positive relationships with families, teachers, state licensing authorities, community contacts and corporate partners

 

Babysitting (Multiple Clients)

  • Answer wide range of childcare needs for parents in need of after school care, out for a day or evening

  • Manage the childcare needs for up to 8 children at a time while parents participated in group church study

  • Experience with children who have autism

  • Prepare meals for children and keep house clean and picked up

  • Bathe and groom younger children when needed, assist older children in bedtime preparations

  • Maintain child-friendly, safe environments

  • Read and engage children in a range of educational and fun activities

Drury Inn, Collinsville, IL (Summer Job: June 2021 – August 2021)

Breakfast Attendant

  • Prepared all breakfast items for morning buffet

  • Greeted guests and helped as needed

  • Ensured all food stations were fully prepped and stocked

  • Responsible for keeping breakfast area clean and up to expected standards

  • Attended regular staff meetings

  • Reliably covered last minute “call-offs”

 

Sugar Fire Restaurant, Edwardsville, IL (March 2020 – August 2020)

Server

  • Served and delivered food safely and efficiently, ensuring guests had a truly great experience

  • Worked all different shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays

  • Was flexible in all situations based on business need

  • Cross-trained new employees on all stations

  • Stocked inventory

  • Cleaned restrooms, took out trash, and performed any other cleaning duties as necessary

 

Certifications

  • CPR certified

  • First Aid certified