Experienced in working in fast-paced environments demanding strong interpersonal skills and organization. Confident and poised in interactions with individuals at all levels. Have the ability to carry out programs under established policies and command the respect of management. Independent learner, enthusiastic about taking on new projects. Problem solving, leadership and communication skills are some of the qualities developed from diverse experience. Possess well-honed organizational skills and ability for prioritizing tasks.
Manage 40+ staff members and their timecards, schedules, and adherence to a number of requirements. Manage relationship with 30+ individuals with disabilities, their schedules, and assuring their needs are being met by staff and the organization as a whole. Coordinated with the state (DDA), service coordinators from multiple agencies, advocates, and family members. Completed necessary paperwork for the State and stayed in compliance with state regulations and laws. Lead annual meetings for each clients as according to DDA policy to review progress and complete year planning. Lead staff meetings and kept up detailed documentation on staff and clients. Helped reorganize department and record keeping.
Worked unsupervised with newborn to middle school aged children on a regular basis to develop and implement projects and activities to create a positive environment and encourage learning. Met disciplinary and educational goals for each child. Offered children clear guidelines that promote positive behavior patterns. Met daily or weekly with parents to discuss plans and progress. Adapted to a range of care styles personalized for each family to meet their specific expectations and preferences. Assessed risks to maintain the safety of the children under my care. In addition to these children, regularly care for small groups of children to include school mates and neighborhood friends. Continuously evolve activity plan to reflect increased knowledge and interest of children. Worked with multiple children with mental health needs to best support their growth and healing in positive and enriching ways. Engaged in significant research to further my knowledge to best assist in the care of these children.
Pioneered/created the infant program from the ground up, as it was the first for the company, which was successful and launched in multiple other locations. Took initiative to find research and conceptualize ideas to create a year long program that adapted the company's mission and best served the younger class. Promoted to lead toddler teacher for the second school year. Took on leadership rolls by planning and leading activities based on weekly themes and developmental levels of individuals to create a fun, challenging, but appropriate, learning environment for 3 to 9 children aged 6 weeks to 4 years old. As lead it was my duty to create weekly newsletters, weekly/monthly lesson plans, manage petty cash, and keep families well informed during the day on many details serving as liaison between the school and families. Ensured completion of all responsibilities as assigned and documentation was completed accurately including incident reports and daily logs. Worked with children with IEP (Individualized Education Plans) needs and acted as a member of an interdisciplinary team including physical therapists, speech therapists, and mental health professionals. Trained, supervised, and mentored assistant teachers and staff members while assigning daily responsibilities to each member of the team and serving as point person for all activities during the day. Mentored 4 assistant teachers and 4 other staff members to assist their professional growth and learning, provide them feedback, give guidance through difficulties, and serve as an example of hard work, flexibility, teamwork, and positive attitude. Monitored staff performance ensuring everyone followed center policies and addressed personnel or disciplinary issues as they arose. Scheduled and Lead meetings involving multiple assistants and other lead teachers. Participated in staff meetings with the directors, communicated in a timely manner, answered phones, and lead the set-up and break-down of the center partially everyday and fully each weekend. Communicated effectively with emotional clients in respectful and helpful ways to ensure the best outcome for both the client and the center. Help solve center issues, conflicts between employees, and navigate relationships with the children's families using face to face interactions, conferences, phone calls, and email. Facilitate learning, growth, confidence, and curiosity through play and guided activities in music, art, science, social studies, sensory, and the outdoors. Lead circle time which included foreign languages and sign language, oversee meal times, nap times, and free play as well as center wide parent events that included long planning, decorating, games, and family activities. Multitasked active involvement with the children, updating the designated ipad on a variety of daily activities, supervising assistant teachers, and staying available for contact with directors, other lead teachers, and parents
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