Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • H: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Resilient Special Education Teacher familiar with challenges associated with teaching special needs children. Remains positive under times of stress or conflict. Works well with classroom teachers to develop accommodations and special techniques for mainstream classroom inclusion. Versatile Special Education Teacher with focus on individual student needs across academia and emotional development. Empathetic and accommodating in design and implementation of hands-on lessons, catering to diverse learning abilities. Proficient in employing constant communication, patience and positive reinforcement in team efforts to deliver exceptional educational tools, fostering academic achievement. Versatile and dedicated Educator with focus on individual needs of special education students. Empathetic and accommodating in design and implementation of hands-on lessons. Exceptional skills working with teachers, parents and specialists to meet educational needs of students. Special education professional highly skilled in working with students by perceiving needs and supporting various functions. Extensive mentoring and tutoring experience. Helpful Resource Teacher extensively trained in helping students with special needs. Equipped to provide appropriate learning techniques and behavioral redirection for children with learning disabilities.

  • Elementary education
  • Child development
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Assessment Data
  • MS Excel
  • Teaching Experience
  • Student records management
  • Developmental Reading instructor
  • Project organization
  • Operational improvement
  • Conflict resolution techniques
Work History
Lead Special Education Teacher, 07/2013 - Current
Melmark New England Berwyn, PA,
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
  • Organized instruction material, including constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Worked with students with moderate to severe autism to increase life skills.
  • Developed and managed instructional materials and reports.
  • Designed and implemented point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Physically and verbally interacted with students throughout day.
  • Attended monthly staff training sessions.
  • Incorporated home activities to supplement classroom lessons.
  • Collaborated with students with multiple degrees of special needs to accomplish various tasks.
  • Gave one-on-one attention to students, while maintaining overall focus on entire group.
  • Taught multiple subjects to students with intellectual or emotional disabilities.
Assistant Principal, 07/2007 - 07/2013
Waukegan Public School District 60 Waukegan, IL,
  • Helped students develop important learning skills and good study habits useful in trade school or college education.
  • Supported special education department by developing programs and protocols for at-risk youth and students with special needs.
  • Verified adherence to state, federal and private funding source requirements across programs and outcomes.
  • Encouraged interdepartmental and cross-functional teams collaboration in development and support of student activities, programs and lessons.
  • Instructed small groups of teachers and students.
  • Performed classroom evaluations to assess teacher strategies and effectiveness.
  • Built and maintained positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as parents, school volunteers and outside agencies.
  • Supported human resources operations, including hiring, training, disciplinary action and termination in compliance with legal guidelines and requirements.
  • Modeled expected and appropriate leadership to promote teaching staff and administrative personnel's positive interaction with students and families.
  • Built productive relationships with parents of students facing difficult situations at school or at home.
  • Partnered with Principal to administer school program in alignment with vision and goals, providing positive, high-expectation academic environment.
  • Monitored student behavior and enforced discipline policies.
  • Administered standardized tests to evaluate student performance and progress.
  • Assisted with compliance efforts for fire and other safety regulations.
  • Oversaw administrative functions such as schedule management and protocols for orientation, registration and related activities.
  • Supervised and evaluated teaching and support staff through instructional leadership and professional development.
  • Defined and enforced student academic achievement standards in line with district goals and objectives.
  • Established instructional practices driven by statistical performance data.
  • Facilitated continued education for teaching staff through implementation of quality curriculum training and appropriation of necessary resources.
Alternative High School Lead Teacher, 07/1995 - 06/2004
Meeker School District City, STATE,
  • Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Promoted physical, mental and social development by implementing classroom games and outdoor recreational activities.
  • Implemented reading and writing workshops to increase student literacy and support school reading programs.
  • Increased effective student engagement experiences to grow learning progress through streamlining testing procedures and updating protocols.
  • Assessed and looked after 20 students per year by working closely with staff and efficiently planning and coordinating work.
  • Met with students, parents and administrators to address and resolve students' behavioral and academic issues.
  • Integrated jobs and technology support items into classroom to create safe and positive learning environment.
  • Completed student progress reports on a quarterly basis to notify students and parents of strengths and areas
  • Modified lessons and curriculum to accommodate diverse learners by using strategies such as peer-assisted learning and group work.
  • Maintained accurate and complete records for 215 graduates by time I left program.
  • Collaborated with teaching staff to devise and implement coordinated educational strategies and student support networks.
  • Designed detailed learning plans for struggling students based on test, homework and assignment records.
  • Created and developed lesson plans according to students' academic needs, including both group and individual work.
  • Assisted students of all ability levels develop life-long learning skills and good study habits.
  • Worked with staff members and teachers to design comprehensive and individualized plans to optimize student education.
  • Used designated student database and Excel to document student grades.
  • Scheduled conferences with parents to discuss students' progress and classroom behavior.
  • Shifted between formal and informal methods of teaching to keep students interested, including debates, practical activities and experiments.
  • Administered assessments to determine each student's specific educational and social needs.
  • Communicated frequently with parents, students and faculty to provide feedback and discuss instructional strategies.
  • Developed and implemented classroom routines to address varying student needs.
  • Instructed up to 28 students individually and in groups on Basic Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension, Reading fluency, Vocabulary, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional subjects.
  • Implemented WILSON Reading and Why Try to engage students, increasing classroom collaboration in all subject areas.
  • Assessed and looked after 28 student Caseloads by working closely with staff and efficiently planning and coordinating work.
  • Maintained accurate and complete records for up to 30 students per school year.

Master of Arts: Special Education Generalist Endorsement, Expected in 2007
Adams State University - Alamosa, CO,
Master of Arts: Educational Leadership, Expected in 12/2006
Adams State University - Alamosa, CO,
Master of Arts: Pedagogy And Assessment, Expected in 2004
Adams State University - Alamosa, CO,

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