Special Education Instructional Aide resume example with 15+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Compassionate Special Education Instructional Aide with 15 years of experience working with differently-abled students age 3 to 18. Highly organized and an excellent communicator. Proficient in planning lessons that develop essential life and education skills that benefit students across the cognitive spectrum. Versatile Special Education Teacher with focus on individual student needs across academia and emotional development. Empathetic and accommodating in design and implementation of hands-on lessons, catering to diverse learning abilities. Proficient in employing constant communication, patience and positive reinforcement in team efforts to deliver exceptional educational tools, fostering academic achievement.

  • Classroom management
  • Educational support
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Behavioral monitoring
  • Group and individual instruction
  • Student progress reporting
  • Supervision
Work History
08/2019 to 06/2020 Special Education Instructional Aide Envision Education | San Francisco, CA,
  • Documented behaviors, implemented interventions and treatment results.
  • Monitored classroom to observe students' progress in developing skills such as focusing and completing assignments as well as manage distracting or inappropriate behavior.
  • Collaborated with teachers to give support and answer questions and help with classroom and workload management.
  • Assisted teachers and worked individually with students age 14 to 18 with special needs, helping each navigate education system.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Devoted special emphasis to punctuality and worked to maintain outstanding attendance record, consistently arriving to work ready to start immediately.
02/2014 to 06/2019 State Preschool Teacher Volunteers Of America Southwest | San Bernardino, CA,

Prepared developmentally appropriate activity plans for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Actively engaged children in hands on activities

Create and promote a safe and healthy emotional, cognitive and physical environment.

Conduct circle time activities: story time, introducing new materials, name recognition

Attend monthly teacher meetings

Conduct bimonthly classroom staff meetings and parent meetings

Observe and complete DRDP's on each child enrolled in the classroom (twice per school year)

Check attendance sign in sheets daily

Maintain accurate paperwork daily

Maintain a respectful relationship with staff and parents

Assist children in meeting goals set by the IEP team

Assist children in personal hygiene including changing when needed

08/2006 to 02/2014 State Preschool Associate Wayne Nj Public Schools | Wayne, NJ,

Assist in preparation of developmentally appropriate activity plans for 3,4 and 5 year olds.

Actively engaged children in hands on activities

Assist in the creation and promotion of a safe and healthy emotional, cognitive and physical environment

Conduct circle time activities: story time, introduction of new materials, name recognition

Assist in daily attendance checks

Assist in completing DRDP assessments

11/2003 to 05/2005 Preschool Teacher Barstow Christian School | City, STATE,
  • Observed children to identify individuals in need of additional support and developed strategies to improve assistance.
  • Educated students in foundational concepts such as shapes, numbers and letters.
  • Promoted sensory development by providing access to different textures.
  • Maintained well-controlled classrooms by clearly outlining standards and reinforcing positive behaviors.
  • Sanitized toys and play equipment each day to maintain safety and cleanliness.
  • Allowed for ample outdoor discovery time each day.
  • Nurtured supportive learning environment, often used as model for other classrooms.
  • Gave one-on-one attention to children while maintaining overall focus on entire group.
  • Prepared snacks and meals
  • Assisted with all daily functions and routines including nap time
  • Performed janitorial services when needed as well as diaper and clothing changes
Expected in | Early Childhood Education Chapman University, Victorville, CA, GPA:
Expected in 12/2005 Associate of Science | Early Childhood Education Barstow Community College, Barstow, CA GPA:

    Graduated with honors and Phi Theta Kappa member 2005

    Level 1 and 2 Certificates of achievement for Early Childhood Education

    Child Development Site Supervisor Permit (expires 1/23 through California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

    Passed CBEST on 6/12/10

    CPI certified on 8/29/19

  • First Aid/CPR Certified

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School Attended

  • Chapman University
  • Barstow Community College

Job Titles Held:

  • Special Education Instructional Aide
  • State Preschool Teacher
  • State Preschool Associate
  • Preschool Teacher


  • Associate of Science

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