Dear Principal Toledo,
I would like to take this opportunity to apply for an IEP Teacher/Early Childhood Special Education position in your school. I am highly motivated and confident about my abilities to support your efforts in meeting the needs of all students and their families.
As a committed and flexible educator, I work diligently to provide all students with a learning environment and data driven instructional curriculum that supports and encourages character development, problem solving skills, and setting SMART goals, which are aligned to our Common Core Learning Standards. I, also continue to seek for opportunities to learn how to support and assist children's cognitive, emotional, and physical development. I consider and value children's needs, passions, and interests, and, my focus is to give our young learners an opportunity to learn and practice the skills and strategies that will prepare them to successfully face academic and life challenges.
It is my personal pursuit to continue to support families, enhance students' learning and improve my instructional approach to ensure all students have a positive school experience. As a former student and a Special Education Teacher in District 7, I'm honored to be a part of a like mind community of educators who continue to stimulate and accelerate student learning. It is my goal to combine my range of experience and make positive contributions to your school. I have enclosed my resume for your viewing, and, I thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to discuss what next steps I must take to join your team of educators.
"Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!"
My goal is to build the capacity in a school community by:
*Implementing the best instructional and social-emotional development practices
*Utilizing and analyzing various forms of data to identify our students' strengths and weaknesses
*Collaborating with school teams to enhance our technological & teacher pedagogical knowledge, content and skills
*Promoting Quality IEP writing and ensuring flexible programming is considered by school community
*Supporting Curriculum Development
*Incorporating and supporting the use of technology to enhance instruction
*Advocating for all Students
*Assisting with Parent Engagement
*Preparing our students to be Career and/ College Ready
*Encouraging our students to strive and compete with our Global Economy and 21st Century Technology Advances
Special Education Student Information System (SESIS), Automate the Schools (ATS), STARS Classroom & Schoolnet
Academic Programs: Compass Learning, Achieve3000, MyOn, Imagine Learning, Dreambox, etc.
IEP Teacher, 01/2014 to 06/2016 Department of Education – PS. 385x
Conduct & facilitate professional learning and the use of best practices consistent with school and academic policies to support students, families and staff.
Analyze various forms of data to drive instruction and increase student achievement.
Utilize NYC DOE's Elementary School Academic Policy Guide to create a weekly schedule for teachers and adjusted prep schedules to support professional development and students' school wide activities.
Ensure STARS data base program reflects our school's instructional curriculum program.
Partner with parents and colleagues in support of reaching and meeting all students' individual needs.
Coordinate and facilitate the following school teams: School Leadership Team (SLT), School Implementation Team (SIT), and Pupil Personnel Team (PPT).
Collaborate with Teachers and Administration Teams to analyze student data and discuss implications to instruction.
Implement the use of Academic Blended Learning Programs to close learning gaps.
Ensure Special Education compliance by implementing an IEP Timeline.
Provide SESIS training.
Share Web Resources to enhance teacher and student learning.
Instructed up to [number] students individually and in groups.
Special Education Liaison,
Advocate for Flexible Programming in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Quality IEP Writing: PLOP Development & CCLS Goal alignment.
Created and Implemented SIT Goals
Advocate for students with disabilities and their families.
Counsel and guide families on their child's IEP and ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed.
Provide the Procedural Safeguards from NYS Education Department to inform families of children with disabilities of their rights.
Implemented Lesson Plans aligned to students needs as described in IEP.
Provide indirect and direct instruction to support students with access on the General Education Classroom curriculum with the use of Blended Learning Programs.
Utilized a Multi-sensory approach to enhance students reading fluency and math fluency skills.
Organized, distributed and implemented testing policies as depicted in the New York State Testing Program.
Special Education Teacher, 01/2013 to 01/2014
Self-Contained Bridge Classroom: 12:1:1: 3rd-5th Grade Worked cooperatively with school administrators, special support personnel, colleagues, and parents to assist students in achieving their fullest potential.
Designed data driven lessons to reach all students in gaining the skills needed to move to the next level of performance in all subject areas.
Utilized web base programs to provide students with additional support with phonemic awareness and number concepts
Paraprofessional (General and Special Education, Grades K-9).
01/1992 to 01/2012
Modified and reiterated lead teacher presentation/lesson plans in a one-on-one/small group setting to enhance students phonemic awareness, math fluency and writing conventions.
Collaborated with IEP Team for student's who had Behavior Intervention Plans to support and enhance students Social-Emotional Development.
Reported behavior that impeded the learning of others by documenting events on the Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequences Chart.
Supported Occupational, Physical, Speech therapists and Adapted Physical Education Providers with engaging students in improving students' fine and gross motor skills, language development and adaptive behaviors.
Assisted students with ambulation within the school premises and class trips.
Trained and supported individual students with specific physical challenges (i.e., independent feeding, dressing and toileting etc.).
Assisted with State Testing Preparation and Distribution.
UFT Educational Associate Representative, 01/2003 to 01/2006
Organized meetings to disseminate union information to support collaboration and paraprofessional direct instruction.
TheraCare, Bronx, NY (PART-TIME POSITION)
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist for toddlers ages 1-.
03/2010 to 01/2012
Utilized the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to drive the one-to-one home base instruction.
Documented, collected and analyzed data for instructional purposes and behavioral progress.
Special Education Teacher, 09/2016 to Current NYC Department of Education – P.S. 30x
M.S: Early Childhood Education, May 2008 Mercy College - Bronx, NY Early Childhood Education 3.8
B.S: Behavioral Science, May 2003 Mercy College - Bronx, NY Behavioral Science Cum Laude 3.7