Knowledgeable and compassionate Level-2, New Mexico Certified Educational Diagnostician, experienced in working with culturally and socioeconomically diverse student populations. familiar with the use and administration of the latest test instruments, and well versed in federal and state regulations regarding student evaluation and eligibility determination.
New Mexico Certified Level 2 Educational Diagnostician (Pre-K-12)
In depth knowledge of research based instruction, interventions, and accommodations for students with special needs
extensive experience diagnosing students with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
Considerable in diagnosis of lower incidence disabilities, such as Intellectual disability, Developmental Delay, Autism, Other Health Impaired, and Multiple Disabilities
Sensitive and responsive to individual students' cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic background
familiar with a wide variety of assessment instruments, designed to address individual students' strengths and weaknesses
comfortable with computer technology and on-line scoring of test protocols
communicate well with parents and other team members, while to secure the best outcome for every child
07/2011 to Current
Educational DiagnosticianAlamogordo Public Schools - Alamogordo, New Mexico
conducted psychoeducational evaluations of students in grades K-12
Administered a wide variety of cognitive, behavioral and academic assessments using standardized test instruments, including WISC-V, WJIV (COG and ACH), KTEA-3, WIAT-III, CTONI-II, CTOPP-2, GORT-5, CONNERS-III, BASC-3, Vineland-II, and others
Produced thorough evaluation reports explaining test results, and providing instructional recommendations
maintained open communication with parents and staff throughout the evaluation process
Interpreted evaluation results for parents and staff in IEP and EDT meetings
Participated in team IEP planning for individual students
08/2007 to 06/2010
Reading CoachAlamo Navajo School Board Inc. - Magdalena, New Mexico
Took part in school-wide reading curriculum decisions making
oversaw the school's K-3 "Walk To Read" program
conducted daily observations of instruction, and provided feedback and guidance to teachers
Planned and conducted regular in-service training sessions for staff
provided in-class modeling of instruction and worked with small groups of struggling 3rd graders
Administered DIBELS assessments to all students in grades K-6, and the PPVT-4 to all incoming Kindergarten students
07/2006 to 06/2007
Special Education TeacherAlamo Navajo School Board Inc. - Magdalena, New Mexico
Taught students with special needs grades K-6, in inclusion and resource settings, using modified and alternative instructional materials and methods
Collaborated with regular classroom teachers, communicated with parents and participated in IEP meetings
Educational Diagnostics ProgramUniversity of the Southwest - Hobbs, NM, USA
Completed the Educational Diagnostician Certification program online through the University of the Southwest Certification program, which comprised 32 graduate level credit hours (128 points) with a GPA of 4.0.
In the course of this program
I was introduced to, and was given numerous opportunities to practice the use, administration and interpretation of results for most of the common Achievement and Cognitive assessment instruments
learned how to interpret test results, and write cogent evaluation reports
Received feedback and critique of my work from fellow students and faculty
Was introduced to Special education Law through reading, course-work, research and discussion
Learned about and practiced the administration of behavioral and emotional rating scales (Conners-3, BASC, Vineland-II, CDI, GARS, etc)
Completed an internship period, supervised by a Level 3 School Psychologist, during which I administered evaluations to students presenting with a wide range of problems from learning disabilities and giftedness to Autism, wrote my own evaluation reports, and participated in IEP meetings.
I applied for and obtained my initial NM Educational Diagnostician Certification at the completion of my internship and state test in June 2011
General and Special EducationCalifornia State University Bakersfield - Bakersfield, CA, USAI completed a Graduate level course of study with a major in Education consisting of 73 credit hours (291.1 points) with a GPA of 3.98, which led to a preliminary license as a K-12 General and Special Education teacher in the state of California. This license, which I held until 2011 was subsequently accepted through a reciprocity program, by the State of New Mexico.
ArchitectureHarvard Graduate School of Design - Cambridge, MA, USA
I was admitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the fall of 1980, and graduated with a Master in Architecture (M.Arch) degree in 1984 following a 3-1/2 year graduate course of study.
Following my graduation I worked as a designer in a number of firms in Massachusetts, Washington State and New York for a period of about 10 years
Bachelor of Science: BiologyUniversity of Oregon - Eugene, OR, USAI was admitted to the University of Oregon in the fall of 1975, where I pursued an independent study program in physiological psychology, supervised by a an advisory group of research faculty. I graduated in June of 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree.