Biography of Drew Engman
I've been writing poems, songs, and short prose since about 1969, when I was ten. That is also when I started playing guitar, harmonica, saxophone, autoharp, recorders, and a few other instruments. I plan on being an avid musician and 'word man' until I die at or lose my mind, whichever comes first!
My teacher resume follows:
Drew A.G. Engman
P.O. Box 720130
Pinon Hills, CA 92372-0130
Classroom 760-244-6131 ext.209
To be the most caring, competent, and effective teacher I can now, and to become the experienced, professional educator I know I will be. I want to help young people succeed in school and in life. This is my heart's desire. All my energy is committed to achieving this goal.
Have worked very successfully for many years in different groups and one-on-one with students from preschool through 12th grade, and their parents and other teachers. Love kids and patiently do all I can to reach them where they are at, on their level. Time-tested and proven people skills, keep cool in a crisis, and can think on my feet. Enthusiastic and eager to excel as a teacher, and confident that the potential in me to become a great teacher will grow and thrive with new opportunities and challenges.
Victor Valley College, A. A.1982
CBEST, passed 1999
California Baptist University, B.A. Liberal Studies 5/4/01 Cum Laude Graduate
Chapman University, K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program 2001-2003 4.0 GPA
MSAT passed 2002 (90th percentile)
RICA Passed 2002 (90th percentile)
CSUSB ECSE Credential 2008
MA Special Education 2009
Moderate/Severe add-on credential 200 in progress
8/2002-Present: Teacher, Early Childhood Special Educator
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
Teaching moderate to severely disabled preschool students in a self contained classroom; help write appropriate goals and objectives based on a variety of assessments within an IEP team approach; plan and implement well structured, targeted, and effective lessons, instruction, and a cooperative learning environment.
3/2001-6/2002: Teacher, Lime Street Elementary School, Hesperia Unified School District.
Taught 4th grade for the 2000-2001 school year. Successfully transformed a very difficult group of title 1 students into an organized, cooperative, and motivated classroom. Taught 1st grade for the 2001-2002 school year very effectively, incorporating CA state standards into an engaging, student-centered curriculum.
1980-present: Music Teacher. Personal Tutor
Teaching music theory and instrumental performance privately to children, teens, and adults. This includes planning lessons, testing progress, and modifying approaches to fit different learning styles. Many students have been helped to excel in difficult high school and college music courses.
1993-2002: Associate Music Director, Calvary Chapel of Phelan
Assisted with all music programs. Directed the children and teen music programs 1994-1998, organizing studies, selecting materials, leading rehearsals, and conducting performances.
1994-2001: School bus Driver, Snowline School District
Began as regular route driver, but on recommendation of supervisor, for several years transported and actively worked with the severely handicapped, SED, DD, and medically fragile students, and their caregivers and teachers. Volunteered and observed in their classrooms frequently.
1998-1999: Tutor, VISTA 'Everyone Reads! ' program
Tutored fifteen K-5 students at Pinon Hills Elementary, who went on to have some of the most improved reading skills and test scores in the first year of the program.
1980-1992: Professional Guitarist/Vocalist
Played in Rock and Roll, Country, Oldies club bands and college jazz bands, pursuing an active career in music.
Alpha Chi National Honor Society 1999.
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities 1998
Top ten percent of class CBU 1998
Honor Roll, VVC 1982
Dean's List, VVC 1981
RELEVANT VOLUNTEER WORK
Since 1992 have led biblically-based drug and alcohol 12-step recovery meetings weekly for teens and adults. Have served as a lay counselor doing private interventions and family counseling intermittently. Since 1994 have been a Prison Fellowship volunteer weekly, leading church services in prisons, teaching bible studies, guiding drug and alcohol recovery groups, and leading the music. Do many special concerts and outreaches in prisons, at missions, and soup kitchens each year. Currently lead worship and teach bible studies for Sunday services at the Village Church in Wrightwood on an occasional basis.
Advanced user of Windows and Macintosh computers and operating systems, and most software programs and peripherals. Using computers since 1984, online since 1996. Interested in incorporating technology and computers into the curriculum. Have designed several beginning web pages. Currently using Intellikeys and a Touch Window with special education software to enable my multihandicapped students? access to computer time daily.
I am an asset to my current school district and community. I have experience and many useful skills now. I have finished the coursework for my K-8 multiple subject regular education credential and just earned my ECSE credential. I am now working on a moderate/severe SE teaching credential and an MA in special education.
I realize how hard the tasks are that face me: I have repeatedly demonstrated I am up to the challenge. I know how difficult teaching can be: I have proven myself and improved with each opportunity.
One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be a different and better place because I was important, because I made a difference, in the life of a child.
Drew Engman's Works:
'A Terrible Mind is a Thing to Waste' 1983 to 2005 - privately published poem, song, and prose collection covering 1977-1983.
'An Irregular Muse' 2005 to present - Computer published poem, song, and prose collection covering 1984-2004.
Drew Engman Poems
Creature Of Habit
I used to think of myself as forsaken, Then Jesus called me His own. My every decision seemed doomed or mistaken, Trying out my wings alone.
A tickle on the toes, and a kick'll in the butt, Will tach you laughter is not contageous Through the victories of the past.
Did you think that you had lost Everyone you called a friend? Was it so hard to leave behind When they all let it end
From the back of her throat She sings a note out Low, and sad. It's only life, she's just so young
I didn't give up on miracles When I stopped trying to bargain. I haven't run out of gas yet, I just turned off the car then.
I'll always miss those magic moments Stolen in my misspent youth Nights of almost holy torment Spent believing lies for truth.
Dream Twilight Priestess Aurora Princess
This Is The Poem That Waits
This is the poem that waits in the imagination. That sees into the future because it longs to be,
What is this the season of? More sweetly salted tears? Mixed and mingled by a wind, That blows with hopes and fears
The flower is on the heather and The bloom is on the rose The bird, on scented air, is winging Toward the summer road
I look down at the hands I've used For forty-something years, And see the man who picked me up When I ran home in tears.
Once, For All (For Dad)
After time takes my memories... And my words are all gone... Then what will I be?
It wasn’t quite freezing and it wasn’t quite midnight But it felt cold and it was dark. I was old and needed a spark, and Nothing came easy and nothing seemed right.
I fall behind, I run ahead, I go off to the side Sometimes I dropp my fig leaves and don’t even try to hide Why in the world would You take all my sins upon yourself? Then tell me you still would, If there were no one else!
Tell Me Why
I know that words can't change the truth
I know, because I've lied.
I see that just pretending things just doesn't work:
I hear that you don't like the way things are
Because they're hard.
I feel those wounds, some old, some new,
Some fresh, some only scars.