Currently in 6th year as Elementary Supervisor of Special Services in the area of Special Education for the Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Role includes working with and mentoring special education teachers at the elementary level in all buildings, supervising the related service providers and leading them in developing their department/individual goals, facilitating professional development for special education staff, evaluating special education staff on an ongoing basis, working collaboratively with administrators at the building, district and state level, working collaboratively with families of students with special education needs, and participating in state and local special education related meetings. Role also includes serving as the district coordinator for the Jump Start to Kindergarten program. Five years working as an Inclusion Facilitator for the Papillion-LaVista School District in the area of Special Education. Role included working with and mentoring first year teachers, facilitating the inclusion of students with significant needs, staff development, working collaboratively with administrators, being an active member of state organizations, collecting information for ILCD, and working with families. One year as a Literacy Facilitator for the Papillion-LaVista School District. Role included working as an embedded staff developer and serving on literacy based staff development teams. Five years of teaching experience as a special educator, including collaboration with parents, colleagues, students, administrators and the community Four years as a TeamMates Mentor to a high school aged mentee. Role included spending one hour formally each week with mentee at school and optional events and activities provided by the TeamMates Committee. Two years as Building Supervisor and Chair of the School Improvement Team at Parkview Heights Elementary in Papillion-LaVista School District. Four years as treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Organization for Rumsey Station Elementary, two years as public relations chairperson of the Papillion-LaVista Education Association, six years on the negotiations team for the PLEA, four years as Treasurer and Membership Officer for PLEA, and one year as Vice President of PLEA. Two years on the DIBELS team for emergent readers, four years on the ILCD steering committee and Special Education toolbox as a teacher, five years as an active member of the Autism Spectrum State Network including two of those years as the Chairperson of the committee One year as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for children in foster homes.
Elementary Supervisor of Special ServicesAug 2011 to Current Papillion La Vista Community Schools － Papillion, NE
Facilitate the inclusion of students with special education needs in a K-6 general education setting at the student's neighborhood school Mentor new teachers to the district by assisting them with paperwork, inclusion of students with disabilities, co-teaching with general education and assisting them in IEP and MDT meetings.
Evaluate special education related service providers, and plan and lead the group in staff development.
Served as the district liaison and committee chair/member on the Autism Spectrum State Network Plan and implement district wide staff development opportunities in special education.
Facilitate the required NDE self assessment process in special education, Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD).
Write grants for special programs at the state and local level.
Inclusion FacilitatorAug 2006 to Jul 2011 Papillion-LaVista School District － Papillion, NE
Facilitate the inclusion of students with significant needs in a K-6 general education setting at their neighborhood school.
Mentor new teachers to the district by assisting them with paperwork, inclusion of students with disabilities, co-teaching with general education and assisting them in IEP and MDT meetings.
Serve as the district liaison on the Autism Spectrum State Network Plan and implement district wide staff development opportunities, including Mentoring Ongoing Differentiation for Exceptional Learners (MODEL) Serve as an ILCD Facilitator for the district.
Literacy FacilitatorAug 2005 to Jul 2006 Papillion-LaVista School District － Papillion, NE
Facilitated district wide literacy programs in K-6 classrooms with general education teachers following an embedded staff development model.
Served as the building representative on literacy based staff development committees.
Special Education TeacherAug 2000 to Jul 2005 Papillion-LaVista School District － Papillion, Ne
Taught in a variety of general education K-6 classrooms in a co-taught setting using varied modalities of teaching based on individual students' needs.
Collaborated with general educators, principal, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, augmentative specialist, parents and school psychologist to ensure the proper modifications, accommodations and least restrictive environment for a wide variety of students in both a public school setting and Level III placement.
Educational AdministrationDecember 2014University of Nebraska － Omaha, NEEducational Administration Dissertation: The Impact of a Kindergarten Intervention Program on Student Reading Achievement in Primary Grades 4.0/4.0
Masters of Science, Educational Administration and SupervisionDecember 2004University of Nebraska － Omaha Omaha, NEEducational Administration and Supervision 4.0/4.0
Bachelor of ScienceMay 2000Wayne State College － Wayne, Nebraska
K-12 Special Education Mild/Moderate Handicap
Endorsement: English as a Second Language K-12Graduated Magna cum Laude 3.89/4.0
Member of a committee to develop a Stop, Think and Plan room for re-teaching skills related to appropriate positive behavior.
*Co-chair of the School Improvement Team, Treasurer of Parent-Teacher Organization, Chairperson of Public Relations committee for Papillion-LaVista Education Association, Chairperson of the Reading committee for North Central Association for Accreditation and the school improvement process, Math Curriculum Toolbox member, Special Education ILCD steering committee member, DIBELS team member, Building Supervisor
Educational Administration December 2014 Masters of Science , Educational Administration and Supervision December 2004 Bachelor of Science May 2000 K-12 Special Education Mild/Moderate Handicap
Endorsement: English as a Second Language K-12
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