Experienced teacher seeking a position within a school district for the 2013-14 school year. Wish to utilize skills and knowledge of special education and the content areas of middle school science, social studies, and English. Goal is to be a committed member of a district where student success and achievement is held in high regard.
Educational Philosophy: Every child can learn if given the right tools and a teacher who tunes in to the way the child learns - versus his or her way of teaching. A caring environment, conducive to learning and child-centered will be provided along with every technology aid available. These are key components, along with effective parent-teacher communication and positive discipline, to help learning take place and be retained.
Arkansas Department of Education confirmed that combined education of undergraduate degree, master's, and additional master courses as categorization of "highly qualified."
Several articles published in "North Little Rock Times" and the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette," - Arkansas' largest daily newspaper.
Was instrumental in developing a Montessori Infant House at present place of employment by working on grants for start-up and specification by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Helped to start the Executive Suite Center, for Flake& Company realtor's in Little Rock, allowing to demonstrate skills in multi-tasking.
Graduated with nearly a 3.8 grade average from University of Arkansas Graduate School of education.
Hold Arkansas State Certification in Special Education p4 - 12, middle school English, science and social studies.
Also function as a special education teacher for this private, fully-accredited American Montessori Affiliate school. Responsible for hiring and evaluating teachers and staff for a school population of 115 students. Conduct workshops to help teachers grow as educators and enhance teaching methods. Adhere to standards set forth by the Montessori Society and the Arkansas Dept. of Human Services. In addition, develop and implement interactive learning mediums to increase student understanding of course materials. Draw on knowledge of educational law to assist students with special needs ranging from slight reading disorders to severely emotionally handicapped. Develop goals and objectives to help students reach successful strides in learning and acquiring skills needed to be in a social and academic setting.
In this position, responsibilities included working closely with first generation college students struggling to meet the demands of work, school, and family. Students accessed the TRIO's lab to gain guidance in balancing these demands and to benefit from tutoring in their subjects. Acted as a learning facilitator in the areas of English, writing, government, and history.
As a remedial reading teacher, developed interesting an appropriate course plans to strengthen students' understanding of reading principles and comprehension. Students engaged in writing activities to complement reading curriculum. A wide variety of evaluations skills were utilized to ensure student learning.
As an Arkansas State certified teacher in the area of special education, all skills and knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was applied working with students having learning difficulties. Individual Education Plans were developed with the guide of all professional staff and parent/guardian of the student. Lessons were taught in small group, individualized setting in a method geared to student capabilities and learning style. Conducted annual review of goals and made concerted effort to meet with all team members to assure goals and objectives were met regarding students. Behavior plans were formulated as needed in a positive, reward-centered approach to alleviate negative behaviors.
(Left this position to devote full time to adoption of daughter from the People's Republic of China in September of 1999. Adopted another daughter in 2002; stayed home to care for them for the next five years.)
Hired as a special education teacher for this private, parochial school serving kindergarten to senior high school students. Taught self-contained lessons to students ranging from kindergarten to ninth grade. Disabilities of students ranged from mild learning disabilities to behaviorally handicapped, and physically handicapped as well. In order to demonstrate effective classroom management, the ability to multi-task was evident by ensuring each student was engaged in learning and staying on task. (Left position due to higher financial needs).
Completed 54 graduate credit hours to earn master's degree in special education, and the State's requirements for certification. Student taught at both elementary and middle school levels for resource and self-contained classes.
Major was completed in an area that encompassed creative, technical, professional, and expository writing. Minor was in English literature.
Arkansas State Certification (current until December 2013)
p4-12 Special Education
Middle School: Science
Middle School: Social Studies
Middle School: English
Member of the American Montessori Society.
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