Enthusiastic Special Education Professional eager to offer progressive instructional, program support, and counseling experience, as well as strong academic background, industry training, and supplemental credentials, toward assisting an employer in achieving core objectives while driving positive student growth.
Top performer who contributes experience in solutions-focused Curriculum Planning, Classroom Management, IEPs, RTI, ESY, Program / Life Skills Support, Objective Disciplinary Practices, Data Management, and Regulatory Compliance.
Integral leader who builds solid relationships with students of varying academic, emotional, behavioral, and cultural backgrounds, and effectively interfaces among parents / guardians, faculty, administrators, peers, and leadership teams.
Out-of-the-box thinker who offers superior attention-to-detail and sharp analytical skills toward achieving key goals.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
~ Special Education Emphasis ~
~ Elementary with Middle / Secondary Endorsement ~
Rhode Island College
Associate of Arts in General Studies
Community College of Rhode Island
RIDE School Certification (License No. 54828)
Elementary Education (Grades K C 6)
Special Education (Mild to Moderate Elementary / Middle / Secondary Level)
Building Relationships Increasing Kid s Success • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
The Residential Child Care Project Family Life Development Center
Cornell University College of Human Ecology
Special Educator / Long-Term Substitute
Provide dynamic special education services to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with emotional / behavioral disorders by employing creative teaching methodologies designed to facilitate engaging lessons within a self-contained classroom.
Expertly assess comprehensive student proficiencies to produce balanced and objective performance evaluations, along with tactfully communicating students strengths and weaknesses for effective preparation toward mainstream academics.
Enhance student success by assisting with transitions from out-of-district setting back into a public school environment.
Participate in numerous IEP, progress, and transitioning meetings regarding a personal caseload of students.
Extended School Year Program SPED
Worked with students with mild to severe / profound disabilities in meeting and / or exceeding IEP and annual goals, and assisted individuals in strengthening academic areas such as mathematics, reading, writing, and life / social skills.
Optimized efficiency by writing program progress notes, as well as noting efforts within IEPs and ESY documents.
Planned and presented results-focused lessons within a self-contained classroom for students with moderate to severe special needs, including completing IEPs and 3rd / 4th quarter reports cards in compliance with key academic guidelines.
Drove student success by working with middle / high school students on life skills curriculums, recommending individuals for extend school year programs, and assisting students in preparing and participating in the Special Olympics.
Participated in the States Commissioner s visits by preparing lesson plans, rubrics, and assessments, as well as being recognized for teaching excellence via observation by members of the Commissioner s team during a lesson.
Provided special education services to students in Grades K C 5 with IEPs and RTIs, along with writing IEPs and resourcefully observing and reflecting upon the valuable practices of experienced educators by attending IEP meetings.
Residential Counselor / Teacher Assistant
Applied industry knowledge toward supporting treatment services for children Boys (6 C 14) and Girls (6 C 18) who were victims of severe neglect and / or abuse, suffered from emotional / behavioral disorders, or had learning disabilities.
Assisted children in recognizing emotions / behaviors and evaluating their own actions per individual treatment and / or educational plans, along with supporting children in learning to participate in daily routines within behavioral limits.
Wrote and documented daily behavior plans on academic / behavioral progress to ensure seamless treatment processes.
Completed various special education practicum work, e.g. Curriculum Based Assessments (CBA), Functional Based Assessments (FBA), and Individual Education Plans (IEP), and assisted students with transitions into public schools.
Supported campus school initiatives by working within a special education capacity for behaviorally disordered children.
Designed and oversaw a popular cheerleading / dance advisory group to help motivate and build students self-esteem.
Served as a Teacher Assistant for high school / middle school students within a highly structured, psycho-educational and individualized program offering special education and therapeutic services.
~ Student Teaching Experience ~
3rd Grade Teacher, Woodridge Elementary School, Cranston, RI
8th Grade Special Education Teacher, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School, Coventry, RI
School Age Director
Drafted and developed innovative daily activities, field trips / itineraries, and lessons for school age children, including applying strong leadership talents toward managing up to 3 employees in facilitating daily programming, as well as proactively communicating with parents on a weekly or as needed daily basis.
Afterschool / Camp Counselor
Directed various activities for school aged / middle school children s afterschool and summer programs, including coordinating a cheerleading / dance program and providing integral tutoring and home work assistance for students.
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