Adaptable and dedicated Special Education Teacher with focus 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-emotion needs of all students. Remains positive under times of stress or conflict. Works well with classroom teachers to develop accommodations, modifications and techniques for general education classroom inclusion. Highly qualified and certified in Illinois with over 8 years experience in Education.
Currently teach in a Pre-K-8 Title I school (Level 1 school) with a high population of students who are English Learners. Collaborate with several general education and special education teachers, K-4, serving diverse learners. Develop lesson plans and behavior management systems for implementation in multiple school settings. Work with students who have both academic and behavioral plans. Provide research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student's IEP. Assess student progress and determine the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques. Employ various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their IEP goals. Develop and implement annual Individualized Educational Program (IEP) plans for students to include: present levels of educational performance, special education needs, instructional goals and objectives, and the special education and related services required to meet those goals. Coordinate the delivery of special education services in each student's IEP. Create a positive learning experience with emphasis in individualized instruction using appropriate sources including i-pads. Serve as primary contact for the parent. Employ and implements a classroom structure and consistency to encourage student responsibility, cooperation and mutual respect consistent with district policies and procedures.
• Climate and Culture Committee Lead and Member
• Attendance Committee Lead and Member
• Small Group Instruction Teacher Lead
• NWEA Analysis Lead
• LEAP Innovations Personalized Learning Certified Teacher
As the sole second grade teacher, collaborate with peer kindergarten and first grade teachers on a daily basis. Developed common core-based lesson plans with differentiated qualities targeting optimum student engagement. 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.
• Talent show coordinator
• School events coordinator
• Choir director
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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