Experienced and innovative Special Education Teacher with extensive knowledge of Response to Intervention and Reading Disabilities.
Full Special Education Approval Teacher Consultant: LD
In-depth knowledge of dyslexia
Orton-Gillingham trained and certified
Mother of five children
Working towards Google Educator Level I Certification
Orton-Gillingham Tutor September 2013 to July 2014Children's Dyslexia Center of West Michigan － Grand Rapids, Michigan
Provide one-to-one tutoring to children with dyslexia.
Create skill- and age-level appropriate materials for children with varying degrees of dyslexia, ADHD, and other comorbid conditions.
Assess and test children using scientifically sound methods and materials in order to provide the best possible outcome.
Resource Room Teacher September 2015American Montessori Academy － Redford, Michigan
Manage a caseload of 22 students in seven 3rd-6th grade classrooms with primary disabilities of SLD, ASD, CI, and OHI.
Collaborate with classroom teachers and Intervention Specialist to meet the needs of caseload students and other struggling learners by pushing in to inclusion classrooms to provide differentiated instruction in math; serve as a push-in resource for other support personnel.
Collect and analyze student data as a basis for grouping students for targeted pull-out intervention in all areas of literacy.
Write and implement IEP's using Tienet; facilitate IEP meetings.
Academic Interventionist January 2012 to January 2015Belmont Elementary, Rockford Public Schools － Belmont, Michigan
Collect and analyze student data as a basis for identifying specific difficulties in reading using DIBELS, running records, and other literacy assessments.
As a CAT member, collaborate with administrators, specialists, and classroom teachers to evaluate student progress and placement in the RTI process.
Provide instruction of RTI-selected literacy programs, including but not limited to Orton-Gillingham, Leveled Literacy Intervention, PALS, Read Naturally, and Read Live.
Individualize and implement interventions based on students' learning styles and needs.
Communicate with reading specialist, classroom teachers, and parents on a regular basis regarding students' needs and progress.
Substitute Teacher January 2012 to June 2012The Jemicy School － Owings Mills, Maryland
Developed differentiated curriculum to fit diverse instructional needs at the intermediate levels at this school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences.
Assumed overall responsibility for literature and composition classes for students at the 7th and 8th grade levels.
Developed and implemented a poetry unit for students at the sixth-grade levels.
Special Education Teacher February 2012 to May 2012William S. James Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools － Abingdon, Maryland
Co-taught 1st grade language arts, 4th grade mathematics, and 3rd grade writing in inclusion classrooms.
Modified and differentiated curriculum for students with exceptionalities.
Identified IEP goals, implemented IEPs, and monitored IEPs using Maryland IEP Online.
Provided reading remediation using school literacy programs (SIPPS).
Served as test examiner for Maryland Standardized Assessments.
Middle School Language Arts Intern October 2011 to December 2011Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas City Public Schools － Manassas, Virginia
Provided small-group instruction to K-4 students using Steps to Literacy and Fast ForWord to students in a Title I Focus school with 65% Hispanic ethnicity.
Served as lead facilitator in pilot year of Fast ForWord, training other staff and designing interventions.
Assisted classroom teachers in implementing behavior modification programs, identifying barriers to individual learning, and documenting for IEPs.
Administered assessments and evaluated data to measure effectiveness of placement.
Special Education Intern September 2011 to October 2011Youth's Benefit Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools － Fallston, Maryland
Assumed overall responsibility for the instruction of students with exceptionalities.
Co-taught language arts and mathematics in 1st grade inclusion classrooms.
Designed and implemented a mini-unit for students with social skills goals in their IEPs.
Collaborated with classroom teachers to ensure proper instruction of all students.
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Companies Worked For:
Children's Dyslexia Center of West Michigan
American Montessori Academy
Belmont Elementary, Rockford Public Schools
The Jemicy School
William S. James Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools
Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas City Public Schools
Youth's Benefit Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools
Baltimore City Public Schools Practica W.E.B. Du Bois High School
Ferris State University
University of Michigan
Learning Disabilities, Walden University
Job Titles Held:
Resource Room Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Middle School Language Arts Intern
Special Education Intern
Associate of Arts and Sciences : Journalism , May1988 Bachelor of Arts : Creative Writing/Literature , May 1990 Master of Arts : Teaching , December 2011
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