Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Experienced North Carolina licensed teacher that has worked with a diverse population of students from Kindergarten- 5th grade. Have taught in both the general education and special education setting. Currently employed as the art teacher at an Elementary School in the Wake County School system. Working towards furthering professional development by adding Art (K-12) to current North Carolina teaching license and preparing to take the Praxis, Art: Content and Analysis exam in March. Committed to designing lessons to accommodate a broad range of learning styles and encouraging students to reach their fullest potential.

  • Lesson Planning
  • Proficient in digital teaching platforms including Google Classroom, Google Drive, creating Google Slides, DreamBox, Lexia, Aimsweb, Centervention and Nearpod
  • Classroom management
  • Special education
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Classroom Discussion Facilitation
Work History
Art Teacher (K-5) , 10/2021 to Current
Chatham County SchoolsPittsboro, NC,
  • Teaching art curriculum and skills to over 600 elementary aged students on weekly basis.
  • Teaching art in two self- contained Special Education classrooms.
  • Inspire students and assist in developing creativity and self-expression through various art forms and media.
  • Help students manipulate variety of media to express emotions, feelings, attitude and intent.
  • Develop appropriate curricula dependent on age group and education level.
  • Developing and implementing various thematic lesson plans, utilizing age-appropriate material and focusing on relevant topics.
  • Coordinate with classroom teachers to correlate art activities with classroom curriculum.
Learning Specialist K-5 Special Education Teacher , 08/2020 to 06/2021
Decatur Public SchoolsDecatur, IL,
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to diverse group of 32 students in grades ranging K-5.
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Taught students in variety of settings, including in person and virtual environments.
  • Wrote Individualized Education plans for 32 students on my caseload as well as facilitated and scheduled IEP meetings.
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Taught multiple subjects to students with intellectual or emotional disabilities.
  • Developed and managed instructional materials and reports.
  • Collaborated with numerous departments and general education teachers in two different school buildings.
Substitute Teacher, 05/2019 to 06/2020
Archdiocese Of Chicago, Office Of Catholic SchoolsChicago, IL,
  • Followed classroom plans left by class teacher to continue student education and reinforce core concepts.
  • Upheld classroom routines to support student environments and maintain consistent schedules.
  • Substitute teacher in wide variety of grades including both High School and Kindergarten.
  • Accepted long- term position at Donald Eismann Elementary School Teaching Kindergarten in classroom of 20 students, 3 days per week.
  • Successfully collaborated with team of co- teachers to implement new routines and procedures in order to create prosperous learning environment. Some of these changes including implementing of Class Dojo, streamlining classroom setup and environment to better meet needs of students, and implementing weekly communication with parents to keep them involved in their child's learning.
  • Transitioned students and their families to new online learning platform at beginning of COVID-19 including Google Classroom.
Lead Preschool Teacher/Assistant Director, 09/2006 to 06/2011
Resurrection PreschoolCity, STATE,
  • Maintained well-controlled classrooms by clearly outlining standards and reinforcing positive behaviors.
  • Promoted physical, academic and social development by creating unique and developmentally appropriate classroom and outside activities.
  • Implemented activities for 24 3-6 year old students along with team of 2 other teachers.
  • Performed assessments on each child and documented performance.
  • Created and taught enrichment program to prepare students entering kindergarten.
  • Organized and prepared preschool program for NAEYC accreditation.
Kindergarten Teacher , 09/2005 to 06/2006
Franklin County SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Delivered lesson plans, implemented school curriculum and used data to create, monitor and establish personalized learning plan for each student.
  • Created child-centered learning environment characterized by consistent application of sound mental health and educational psychology practices.
  • Collaborated with team of kindergarten teachers to accomplish objectives.
  • Monitored student progress to ensure growth.
  • Created, managed and participated in variety of learning environments and activities to support opportunities for students to develop full potential and achieve learning objectives.
Master of Arts: Instructional Leadership Early Childhood Education, Expected in 06/2008
University of Illinois At Chicago - Chicago, IL

- Endorsement in Special Education

-Graduate Research Assistant for Spring Semester 2007. This included both shadowing and assisting a team of Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists working with youth and their families through the University of Illinois- Chicago Child and Family Development Center. The main goal of CFDC is to provide positive outcomes for children and their families.

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology /Certification in Elementary Ed K-6, Expected in 06/2005
University of North Carolina At Asheville - Asheville, NC

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