C. Heyward Gignilliat

"Heyward was a key member of the instructional technology project that I managed for the Academy of Art University. Throughout the 6-month pilot, he was consistently innovative, positive, and dependable. He cares about his students' learning, and works fluently with technology and traditional mediums to make their learning experience more engaging, relevant, and effective. He is also very genuine, and a pleasure to work with.”

Stuart Ralston, Professional Development Content Manager at Apple

Career Profile

Dedicated educator with eighteen years of teaching experience seeking a position where my enthusiasm, creativity, commitment and experience will be utilized to inspire and motivate students to the best of their ability.

Summary of Qualifications:


Master of Arts in Teaching

School for International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, VT  (2007)

TESOL Certification

International TESOL Training Centre, Columbia, SC (2000)

Bachelor of Arts in History

University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1999)

Professional Teaching Experience

Faculty Evaluator & Coach: Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (2017- Present)

Coached art & design instructors in effective teaching practices Conducted classroom observations to identify problematic issues ■  Insured quality instruction and classroom management by providing assistance to full-time and adjunct faculty Created and delivered teaching trainings for departments and university wide use ■ Outreach to new adjunct faculty through classroom visits

Professional Teaching Experience Continued...

English for Art Purposes Faculty: Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (2010  2017)

Taught English for art purposes to advanced ESL learners Coordinated a language level focused on listening and presentation skills ■ Participated in the ESL department technology committee Worked one-on-one with international students in both Speaking & Writing Labs.

As an ESL Support Instructor: Provided support to international students inside their art & design classes:

Attended art classes and took notes. Interacted with the art instructors to discuss international students progress. Organized & facilitated study groups to go over notes from class lectures with students. Prepared students for quizzes, midterms and final exams. Answered any language related questions that students may have about coursework

English Language Instructor: California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA (2013)

Planned and delivered lesson plans to cater to multiple intelligences Harnessed social media tools to build community in and out of the classroom  Prepared incoming international students for college life in Oakland  Liaised with studio instructors around students’ needs

Academic Director & English Instructor: Advance English Academy, San Francisco, CA (2008  2010)

Fostered relationships with faculty, students and administrators for positive collaborations  Actively participated in the CEA Accreditation process Maintained responsibilities as a DSO  Developed student led workshops to enhance the language capabilities of fellow students  Supervised ESL faculty and staff

English Lecturer: Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2007  2008)

Created an original curriculum based on student generated content   Successfully enhanced students’ test taking strategies for the TOEFL   Taught advanced reading & writing sections to university bound ESL students   Administered and graded student placement tests   Guided historical tours and outings around Boston for experiential language learning

Teacher: Gestalt Centro de Idiomas, Veracruz, México (2007)

Executed multimedia lessons for Advanced Adults catering to right brain learners  Taught an Advanced Adult conversation class with student driven content modules  Planned off campus excursions for students to use language skills in real contexts  Generated original curriculum for young learners

Director: Heiwa English School, Heiwa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (2005  2006)

Opened and operated a language school for elementary aged children to begin studying English  

 Developed and introduced EFL curriculum focusing on the four skills  Organized extracurricular events centered on cultural holidays  Maintained a school website, blog, and podcast  Trained and assisted incoming teachers

Language Teacher: Altia Central, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (2001  2006)

Worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in multiple Junior High Schools and Elementary schools

  Designed and implemented meaningful instruction and intercultural activities Demonstrated cross cultural communication skills working with school administrators  Collaborated with other teachers to build junior high and elementary curricula

Teacher: K&F English Academy, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan (2000  2001)

Taught English conversation to a variety of students of different ages and levels  Interviewed and assessed potential students  Administered reading and writing contests for motivated students  

 Coordinated multicultural activities for students to take part in outside of class

Computer Proficiencies

Expertise in:

Google Certified Educator, Mac OSX, iOS, Google Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Blogger, WordPress

References – Available upon request