Special Education Teacher versed in behavior management and establishing direct, clear and helpful boundaries with students of varying emotional and intellectual capacities.
Interested in working in self-contained or resource classroom in the elementary setting.
In depth understanding of data collection techniques and when each should be utilized
Excellent rapport with parents and advocates
Uses TEKS vertical alignment to plan long term educational goals
Trained in Everyday Counts, DRA 2, Edmark, DORA and DOMA
Crisis Prevention Team Leader
High School Special Education Teacher August 2011 to CurrentFort Bend ISD - Sugar Land , TX
Maintained accurate and complete student records and prepared reports on special education children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Testified before TEA auditors regarding compliance, policies, and procedures specific to FBISD and one student in particular.
Supervised 2-3 paraprofessionals and trained each in protocols and procedures for effective instructional practices to meet individual needs of specific students.
Examined department documentation forms and special education folders to ensure compliance prior to the TEA audit.
Assisted general education teachers with compiling accurate data regarding implementation of IEPs, documenting inclusive support, and creating special education binders.
Analyzed data from various assessments such as Brigance, STAAR-ALT, The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS), Academy of Math, and iReady in order to determine appropriate placement, services, and testing for individual students.
Created an outline given to administrators prior to each ARD, emphasizing the individual student's needs in relation to the ARD agenda.
Created checklists used by a variety of teachers within the school.
Designed extremely detailed checklists for ARD paperwork and disseminated it within the special education department.
Taught students with varied levels of ability by utilizing visual schedules, token economies, work stations, small group activities, and direct 1:1 instruction.
Developed individual goals and objectives directly correlated to grade level TEKS and linked to prerequisite skills for each special education student in my classes.
Emphasized planning and teamwork when working with high profile parents and advocates.
Collaborated with therapists, diagnosticians, and job coaches to create positive learning outcomes in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
Prepared differentiated materials and lessons for a wide spectrum of students with a variety of unique handicapping conditions including Autism, Intellectual Disability, Speech Impairment, Downs Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, XXYY syndrome, and many other distinct disabilities.
Elementary ABC Teacher August 2007 to June 2011Fort Bend ISD - Sugar Land, TX
Employed special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
Instructed students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multi-sensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Conferred with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
Observed and evaluated students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
Applied specialized behavior intervention plans to address a wide variety of needs.
Designed detailed Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Implementation Plans
Supervised 2-3 adults and created weekly schedules of duties for each based on strengths and weaknesses of both the student and paraprofessional.
Social Studies Teacher August 1999 to June 2006Fort Bend ISD - Sugar Land, TX
Developed curriculum standards for FBISD for World Geography to be utilized throughout the district.
Instructed through lectures, discussions, planned questioning, and hands-on demonstrations in World Geography, Sociology, and Psychology.
Established clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicated those objectives to students and parents.
Prepared, administered, and graded tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
Developed pre and post-tests based on power standards.
Bachelor of Arts : History, 1997University of Texas - Austin, Texas