Versatile child and youth advocate professional with over 15 years experience working in a person-centered environment helping disadvantaged young people and their families improve their opportunities.
Successfully mobilized advocates, families and professionals for regional forum to review and update funding requirements and agenda.
Increased participant enrollment waiver funded services by 12% through aggressive referral and intake services plan.
Regularly met with students to inquire about interests, update transition planning, assess progress.
Implemented remedial writing instruction that resulted in 100% pass
rate in 2011.
•Served as Academic Advisor to SED students with caseload of 12-16 students; Provided individual, small group, and large group remediation in writing which saw 100% pass rate on state writing assessment, 2011; Identified gaps in learning; delivered specialized instruction based on research data to bring learning in line with curriculum expectation, receiving favorable responses from both co-teachers and students resulting in SWD pass rate on high stakes testing equivalent to non-SWDs; Developed alternate delivery of instruction and assessment methods for students with various disabilities that was highly praised by co-teachers and based on best practices; Curriculum development and coordinated lesson planning with General Education teacher; Provided implementation of accommodations and modifications per IEP for instruction, assessment; Maintained on-going parent communication and conferences; Initiated student interest inventory for transition planning; Referral to outside agency where applicable (i.e., Vocational Rehabilitation); Pre-and post-testing using group standardized tests; Conduct the annual review of IEP and three-year Evaluation including any progress monitoring, change in performance, supports needed, transition planning; Monitor and assist in implementing the IEP, modifications and accommodations; Maintain current assessment, evaluation, grade book, other required reporting
Georgia Department of Education, Teaching Certification, Inter-related Special Education
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Advisory Panel, 2014 - present
GA State Department of Education Advisory Panel for Special Education, 2013- present (Sub-committees on Dispute Resolutions and Family Engagement)
Partners in Policymaking Class of 2014
National Down Syndrome Society Ambassador
Volunteer with NAMI, local William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, Relay for Life, Community Kitchen, Action Ministries, and Suicide Prevention Coalition.
Yoga, water aerobics, reading, baking, learning to knit and watercolor
enthusiastic leadership skills
great organizational skills
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