Special Education Teacher with 10 years experience in primary elementary and preschool education. Demonstrated skill in individualizing instruction based on students' unique strengths, deficits,interests, learning styles, behavioral, and communication needs. Developed a comprehensive, collaborative self-contained special education team that is well respected from various FCPS resources.
Virginia Teaching Certificate with Endorsements in: Early/Primary Education PreK-3,Emotional Disturbance K-12, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12,Intellectual Disabilities K-12
Autism/NCE Co-Lead 2013-present
Title I knowledge
Skilled with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher
Knowledge of IEP's and the continuum of Services FCPS provides
Great Beginnings Mentor
Trained in FCPS County Wide Assessments such as; DRA-WA, DRA, Brigance Inventory of Early Learning, WIDA, WIDA Alternate Access, KMRA
Conducted many successful transition IEP's with area schools
Recognized for FCPS Outstanding Team Excellence Collaboration Award, 2012-2013.
Nominated and selected by peers as Sleepy Hollow Outstanding Teacher 2016-2017.
Enhanced Autism Classroom Teacher August 2011 to CurrentFCPS-Sleepy Hollow ES － Falls Church, VA
Developed a team approach to meeting the needs of the growing enhanced autism program
Established group goals and consistency in instruction in order to increase student generalization of skills
Utilized direct, systematic instructional programming(SRA Reading Mastery, Early Literacy Skills Builder, Building with Stories, Cars and Stars, Fundations, Edmark, PCI, Pathways to Literacy, SRA Connecting Math, Early Numeracy, Touchmath strategies, etc)
Conducted common assessments(Brigance, DRA, KMRA, DRA2-WA) in the fall and spring
Successfully held mentor/mentee meetings to navigate first year teaching for teammates
Delivered student specific information to various FCPS resources in staffing, transition, and services meetings.
Led successful IEP and Local Screening meetings
Maintained effective communication with parents through conferences and daily note sheets
Planned various school-wide activities for Autism Awareness Month
Provided observations and strategies for general education teachers dealing with challenging behaviors in their classrooms
Created visuals for classroom schedule, behavioral supports and instructional materials using Boardmaker software
Incorporated the use of technology to create meaningful learning opportunities for students
Utilized communication software(L.A.M.P, ProLoQuo) on Ipad's and Accent devices to encourage participation from nonverbal students
Preschool Class-Based Teacher(PM) August 2010 to June 2011FCPS-Sleepy Hollow ES － Falls Church, VA
Identified early signs of emotional, developmental and health problems in students and followed up with parents.
Planned and implemented structured lessons in both the classroom setting as well as home resource services
Created meaningful learning objectives for students across various developmental domains
Effectively ran staffing meetings with various school teams in order to hold successful transition meetings for rising Kindergartners
Facilitated observations of various school resources in order to obtain student information for Kindergarten transitions
Primary NCE and Inclusion Teacher January 2007 to June 2010FCPS-Wakefield Forest ES － Fairfax, VA
Observed and assessed student performance and kept thorough records of progress through IEP data sheets, anecdotal notes, and work samples.
Collaborated with general education teachers to provide meaningful inclusion opportunities and team taught lessons in language arts and math.
Participated in monthly special education team meetings
Attended various county training opportunities as a first year teacher
Communicated student goals and progress with parents through conferences, daily notes, and IEP meetings.
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania － Lock Haven, PA, USA
Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science Special Education
Resident Advisor, 2003-2005
Selected to represent Lock Haven University and present a workshop and participate in a panel discussion at National Social Science Association (NSSA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, April 2006
University of Minnesota Moorhead － Moorhead, MN
Master of Science in Special Education with additional Early Childhood Special Education Concentration
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Companies Worked For:
FCPS-Sleepy Hollow ES
FCPS-Wakefield Forest ES
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
University of Minnesota Moorhead
Job Titles Held:
Enhanced Autism Classroom Teacher
Preschool Class-Based Teacher(PM)
Primary NCE and Inclusion Teacher
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