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My Professional Portfolio

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This past Tuesday I had an interview for a writing team at our school board. I was really excited about the opportunity to showcase some of the work I had done this past year, and to broaden my professional horizons. I created a professional portfolio so that I could have visuals to showcase what we had done in the classroom. I shared what it looked like in my Instagram stories, and I had some requests to write a blog post about what I included.

I hope you get some ideas about what you can include in your own portfolio and how to put it together.


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I kept the cover very simple- my name and my title. I wanted it to stand out, but not be overwhelming with information. The cover image is from Pexels, it is a free stock photo site. I made my portfolio in Microsoft Word, but you could use any program that you are comfortable with.


I printed out and included a few things that I did not take pictures of, for obvious reasons:

  • a copy of my resume
  • a copy of my references that I could hand in to them
  • a list of questions I had about the job posting
  • certificates of PD I had completed

I also made sure I brought a pen with me, and wrote down any information that I thought I would need in the future.

Here are the pages I created to showcase the work that I had done in our class throughout the year. I tried to include any ‘buzzwords’ that I know our school board is looking for, and anything I saw in the job posting that I wanted to touch on.

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Another thing that I included but did not take a picture of is the information package from a PD session I hosted with a co-worker this year. This was one of the things the interviewers seemed to take the most interest in, and having a copy of what I presented really helped.

I think that my portfolio helped me when I was speaking to some of the things I had done in the classroom. Instead of just talking about what I did, I could show that I did it. I don’t know if it is the portfolio that helped, but I did receive an e-mail the next day asking me to come for an interview for another position! I am really excited about the opportunity, and I think I want to try and make my portfolio digital so that I can leave them a link to look at.

What do you include in your portfolio?

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