k 4 special education teacher resume example with 9+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Expected in 08/2024
Master of Arts: Educational Leadership
Concordia University Chicago - River Forest, IL
  • Illinois Principal Endorsement
  • Illinois School Leader Pipeline Scholarship Recipient
Expected in 05/2016
LBS1 - Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement :
Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL
  • 4.0 GPA
Expected in 05/2011
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education
Elmhurst University - Elmhurst, IL
  • Minor in Reading Education
  • Graduated cum laude
  • 3.6 GPA
  • Professional Educator License # 864285
  • Illinois Reading Council (IRC), Region 3
  • Member #1023776, International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Member, Illinois Principal Association (IPA)
  • Member, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Member, Illinois Education Association (IEA)
  • LEAP Innovations Personalized Learning Certified Teacher
  • WILSON Reading System Certified Teacher
  • MATH FOR ALL Certified Teacher
  • Crisis Intervention/Safety Care Certified (CPI)
Professional Summary

Efficient, dedicated educator with ten years of experience and a proven knowledge of classroom management, student assessment, leadership, and social-emotional learning. Focused on individual needs of diverse and English learners. Empathetic and accommodating in design and implementation of hands-on lessons. Exceptional skills working with teachers, parents and specialists to meet educational and social-emotional needs of all students. Highly qualified and certified in Illinois.

  • Student progress monitoring and reporting
  • Extensive knowledge of SEL strategies
  • Data Driven Lesson and Unit Planning
  • Outstanding time management skills
  • Advanced verbal communication skills
  • Technology integration
  • Classroom management
  • Small group instruction
  • Decision making, critical thinking, problem solving
  • Self-Motivated and Solutions Oriented
  • Relationship building through trust and patience
  • All Microsoft programs; Excel, Word,
    Powerpoint, etc.
  • Educational Technology: SMART
    Technologies, Google Suite and Apps
    for Education, Webinars, Prezies,
    Blackboard, Edline, PowerSchool,
    ASPEN, IMPACT, Apple Technologies,
    ST Math, Dreambox, Lexia Learning,
    Reading A-Z, Learning A-Z, IXL,
    Summit Learning, BrainPop, Freckle.
Professional Experience
12/2022 to Current
MTSS Lead & Coordinator Spring Education Group , , Chicago, IL
  • Coached teachers to improve practices through professional development and modeling instructional strategies.
  • Met diverse student population needs by planning and implementing lessons with wide variety of teaching strategies.
  • Assisted classroom teachers in modifying classes and programs to verify compliance with IEPs and interventions.
  • Worked with small groups of students to provide research based Tier II and Tier III interventions.
  • Assisted faculty in securing materials to support instruction.
  • Developed activities and strategies for improvement of instruction and student performance.
  • Observed teachers in classrooms and offered insights to enhance teaching-learning situation.
  • Quickly learned new skills and applied them to daily tasks, improving efficiency and productivity.
  • Carried out day-day-day duties accurately and efficiently.
  • Supervised learning groups of students in classroom stations.
  • Worked cooperatively with other teachers, administrators and parents to help students reach learning objectives.
  • Maintained confidentiality while recording and keeping detailed track of student performances.
  • Reviewed formative and summative data and information from diagnostic tests to accurately assess students.
  • Analyzed student data, diagnosed instructional needs and identified research-based instructional strategies.
  • Modeled small reading and math group lessons for daily or weekly instruction.
  • Increased literacy benchmarks through instructional strategies and feedback.
08/2018 to 12/2022
K-4 Special Education Teacher Chicago Public Schools - Santiago Elementary , , Chicago, IL
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs.
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Taught multiple subjects to students with intellectual or emotional disabilities.
  • Assisted struggling students to maintain progress levels by designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for improvement.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBIS).
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to range of neurodiverse students.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Instructed students with physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • Designed and implemented point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Completed intensive leadership training and provided training to colleagues on applied behavior analysis.
  • Provided research-based, targeted instruction addressing instructional goals and objectives noted in students' individualized educational programming.
08/2012 to 06/2018
Second Grade Teacher Villa Park District 45-Jefferson Middle School , ,
  • Developed common core-based lesson plans with differentiated qualities targeting optimum student engagement.
  • Planned lessons according to district standards to cover requirements and prepare for standardized tests.
  • Maintained a rigorous and supportive classroom environment in an ever-changing classroom setting.
  • Used the MTSSS and IEP processes to evaluate student needs and facilitate student achievement.
  • Taught all literacy and content area subjects to a class of 32 students.
  • Tracked and employed data to ensure student academic growth.
  • Implemented classroom management improvements to enhance class morale and engagement.
  • Modeled lifelong learning and higher level thinking for students via instructional technology. Partnered consistently with parents, encouraging school-home connections.
  • Collaborated with administrators on classroom policies, management strategies and discipline.
  • Built positive relationships with parents to involve families in educational process.
  • Helped students develop self-esteem and life skills by fostering healthy conflict-resolution, critical thinking and communication.
  • Drove student learning by establishing clear classroom plans and group objectives, as well as actionable strategies to achieve each goal.
  • Assessed student progress by administering formative and summative assessments and analyzing student data.
  • Kept classroom clean, organized, and safe for students and visitors.
  • Stayed abreast of changes to school and district policies as well as new trends in education by attending professional development courses and in-service trainings.
  • Taught lessons encompassing skill-building activities in speaking, writing, reading and listening.
08/2011 to 06/2012
Librarian, Technology Teacher Company Name , ,
  • Implemented a comprehensive information literacy curriculum in the Middle School.
  • Designed and taught integrated research skills and provide reading support.
  • Collaborated with teachers to teach project-based research skills and develop curriculum using 21st century skills that incorporate the use of information literacy and technology.
  • Promoted a lifelong love of reading and a robust reading culture through regularly scheduled book clubs, book talks, mock Newbery Awards, displays, etc.
  • Ensured the library collection represents a diverse and multicultural range of authors and topics.
  • Empowered students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers.
  • Played an active role in special events such as book fairs and author visits.
  • Assisted with supervisory tasks, library monitoring and other duties as assigned.

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School Attended

  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Roosevelt University
  • Elmhurst University

Job Titles Held:

  • MTSS Lead & Coordinator
  • K-4 Special Education Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Librarian, Technology Teacher


  • Master of Arts
  • LBS1 - Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement
  • Bachelor of Arts

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