Jean Prokott



Century High School

Courses taught: American Literature 10, Creative Writing, Honors Philosophy, World Literature 11, and Speech. 

  • Plan: curriculum/calendar for three separate preps per day, all assessments, and lesson plans.
  • Met objectives: building strong relationships with students, student safety, evaluation of student work, assignment modifications, meeting all standards, integration of technology, parent communication, classroom management, classroom discussion, differentiation of assignments, all aspects of inspiration and leadership in the classroom; PLC collaboration in design of curriculum, data collection, and successful research-and-experience-based strategies.
  • Designed curriculum: new, original lesson and unit plans and implementation of all courses listed above.
2015-as needed

Winona State University

Graduate courses taught: EFRT 632: Action Research, REDG 618: Field Experience & Classroom Procedures, EFRT 600: Implementation of Instruction & Curriculum Planning.

  • Plan: curriculum with focus on implementing action research in elementary and secondary classrooms.
  • Met objectives: working with graduate students to apply best practices, gather research, and collect data; teaching writing clarity, and teaching ethics of research.
  • Designed curriculum: using current sources for best practices, especially regarding diversity in the classroom and building relationships with students.

Wayzata High School

Courses taught: AP Language & Composition, Grammar, Upper Level Composition, Literature & History of Film, Comm. 10.

  • Same duties as listed with Century High School.
  • In planning AP Language & Composition: communication with college professors in MN and WI regarding student college preparation in writing.


Influential Educator Award: University of Wisconsin Platteville 

Finalist and publication: The Red Wheelbarrow Prize, Poetry Center, San José

Winner: The Joan Ramseyer Memorial Poetry Contest

Finalist: Founders Prize for poetry, RHINO magazine

Finalist: New Issues Poetry & Prose Poetry Prize

National Endowment for the Humanities, Steinbeck Institute 

Third place: Cathlamet Prize for Poetry 

National Endowment for the Humanities, Philosophers of Education 

  National Endowment for the Humanities, The Cold War in America

Excellence rating: Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning Exam

Passed with distinction and honors: MSU Mankato Graduate Comprehensive Exam

AWP Intro Journals Award in Poetry

Sylvia Bremer Award for Creative Writing



Minnesota Teaching Licensure: Communication Arts & Literature


M.S. Education
Winona State University

Action Research: Where to Start Syndrome: Can Goal-setting Improve the Quality of Student Peer Review and Revision?



M.F.A. Creative Writing
Minnesota State University Mankato

Thesis: Available on Vinyl poetry & essays


Winona State University
B.A. English

Minor: Psychology

Professional Development

Instructor: “Student Dialogue in the Secondary Classroom”

Coach for Winona State graduate student

National Endowment for the Humanities, Steinbeck Institute: a funded, three-week course at Stanford University

AWP Writer’s Conference, Minneapolis, MN

National Council of Teachers of English, Minneapolis, MN

Blues Vision: writing curriculum for an African-American anthology of literature, St. Paul, MN

Head speech coach, Century High School

National Endowment for the Humanities, Philosophers in Education: a funded, three-week course at Boston

National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV

AP Certification, Cherry Creek Institute, Denver, CO

Intern, Graywolf Pres

Managing/Poetry Editor, Blue Earth Review 


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