To obtain a position as a professional school counselor in a collaborative and positive school environment that allows me to utilize my ability to build relationships with students and be a support in the academic environment to students, parents, stakeholders and staff.
Facilitate classroom lessons on bullying for 7th grade students. Coordinating and leading psycho-education group for 7th grade girls that will include topics such as: self-esteem, friendships, hygiene, and communication skills. Conducting Individual Graduation Plan meetings with 8th grade students and their parents. Participate in IEP and 504 annual reviews. Train 7th grade students on student portal access. Meet weekly with students who struggle with academic, social and behavioral issues. Attend and participate in weekly team meeting with teachers and leadership staff.
Worked weekly with 15 students who needed extra emotional or academic support. Collaborated with 25 students who were failing one or more classes after the first nine weeks in creating an individual academic improvement plan to ensure academic success. Conducted Individual Graduation Plan meetings for 30 senior students and their parents. Led a psycho-educational group for pregnant girls covering various relevant topics. Collaborated with administrators, teachers, and other counselors to best meet the needs of students.
Teach students in a resource classroom environment that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Develop and implement multi-sensory lesson plans the areas of math, reading, writing, transition/life skills and test taking strategies Successfully balanced whole-group, small group or individualized instruction, to accommodate different academic levels and learning styles within the classroom Lead all aspects of the annual review, reevaluation process, and conduct special review meetings with parents as well as entire IEP team.
Actively taught learning expectations of the South Carolina High School exit exam, different test formats, and test-taking strategies to strengthen students' performance who were unsuccessful in passing the test. Conducted whole group and individual instruction that built vocabulary math, writing, critical thinking and reading skills. Developed engaging lessons in which students worked collaboratively and utilized critical thinking skills to solve various types of reading and math problems.
Managed a case load of 8 students grades 6th and 7th Mediated disagreements and misunderstandings between students. Provided individual counseling needs included self-esteem, behavior management, friendship, and organization skills. Co-facilitated SC career assessments for 7th grade students. Performed suicide, self-harm, and school violence risk assessments when needed.
Worked with students in the resource classroom setting to increase motivation, provided consistent reinforcement to learning, continuous assessment of level of functioning, and continuous feedback to students for all learning activities. Monitored all students' progress weekly in the resource and itinerant setting. Coordinated IEP team in the development of Behavior Intervention Plans using the Functional Behavior Assessment process. Served as the department chairperson to be positive liaison between leadership and special education department teachers Participated in specialized staff development activities to improve job related skills and apply "best practices" in working with students with disabilities.
Applied effective instructional practices based on the needs identified in students' Individualized Education Plan IEP) Implemented and monitored students' progress in partnership with parents and other IEP team members Created engaging teaching strategies and techniques; for example, hands-on, student interaction, direct instruction, and cooperative learning to present content to students Planned, integrated and utilized technology for classroom instruction Participated in inclusion classes, worked together with general education teacher to assess curriculum effectiveness, recommended instructional strategies, and ensured implementation of students' accommodations.
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