Special Education Paraprofessional resume example with 8+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • H: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Dedicated and resilient Special Education Paraprofessional with a background in assisting teachers with classroom activities across multiple settings. Knowledgeable in school safety, learning processes and individualized expression. Highly skilled in working with students by perceiving needs and supporting various functions. Familiar with challenges associated with teaching special needs children. Remains positive under times of stress or conflict. Works well with classroom teachers to develop accommodations and special techniques for mainstream classroom inclusion. Passionate 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.

  • Teaching and instruction
  • Lesson plan implementation
  • Skills strategies
  • Social and group settings
  • Parental interaction
  • Instructional support
  • Autism and spectrum disorders
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Student records management
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Relationship development
  • Non-Verbal Communication equipment
  • Use of visual supports in multiple settings
Work History
Special Education Paraprofessional, 09/2015 - Current
Kasson-Mantorville School Kasson, MN,
  • Accompanied students to restroom, on field trips, to cafeteria and to playground.
  • Supported teacher in development of individual learning strategies.
  • Maintained positive attitude and affirmatively communicated with each student.
  • Alerted instructor to student behavior or issues that needed to be addressed.
  • Oversaw class of 25 students when instructor was out of room.
  • Provided student support through special accommodations, extra assistance and assessments.
  • Collaborated with teacher to create customized classroom environment that was integral to students' needs.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Organized instruction material, including constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to diverse range of developmentally challenged students.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
Preschool Teacher's Assistant, 04/2013 - 06/2015
The Learning Lamp Jennerstown, PA,
  • Communicated with parents to inform about child's progress and classroom behavior.
  • Created weekly newsletter to keep families informed about school activities.
  • Interacted with children one-on-one and in small groups to enhance and support learning activities.
  • Engaged and entertained children through recreational and educational activities, including art and reading activities.
  • Supported children's social and emotional development by encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Created portfolios to showcase progress of each child, using Snapfish photo classroom management system.
  • Helped children's confidence and self-esteem by providing safe, loving environment.
  • Collaborated with 2 teachers to promote appropriate care and education for 50 children.
  • Maintained classrooms by disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces and toys.
  • Prepared for lessons by gathering educational materials and setting up equipment.
  • Used behavior modeling and specialized teaching techniques to share and reinforce social skills.
  • Created lesson materials, visuals and digital presentations to supplement lesson plans.
  • Took daily attendance, notifying lead teacher immediately of any student absences.
  • Organized and guided activities for students, including learning centers, outdoor learning and STEM.
  • Partnered with teacher to plan and implement lessons following school's curriculum, goals, objectives and philosophies.
  • Oversaw students in classroom and common areas to monitor, enforce rules and support lead teacher.
  • Kept classrooms clean, neat and properly sanitized for student health and classroom efficiency.
  • Encouraged dynamic and pleasant educational environment by promoting both gentle discipline and opportunities for independence.
  • Organized classroom materials to help teachers prepare for daily instruction and activities.
  • Organized independent learning centers and art areas throughout each day to keep classroom well-maintained.
  • Oversaw groups of up to 50 students at school and off-site locations, maintaining optimal safety and security.
  • Performed special tasks such as redirection and remediate materials to help students with special needs learn and grow.
Photo Technician, 07/2012 - 03/2013
Sanmina Sci Bothell, WA,
  • Operated photo department cash register to scan items and process checks and credit card transactions.
  • Utilized computer software to perform photo editing, retouching and restoration.
  • Assessed customer needs and examined order contents to identify processing requirements and timelines.
  • Displayed originality while utilizing computer editing software to help customers create unique photo products.
  • Provided high level of assistance to customers regarding special photo projects.
  • Performed opening and closing procedures to keep operations running smoothly.
  • Accepted and completed in-person and online orders for photographs and photo merchandise.
  • Managed escalated customer orders to meet aggressive deadlines and special orders.
  • Updated tags, displays and signage for special promotions.
  • Planned and prepared for studio shoots.
  • Photographed high-quality images for both print and internet distribution.
  • Selected and set up appropriate props, backdrops and lighting.
  • Performed advanced computer processing of images for assignments.
  • Defined and recommended detailed solutions to capture images.
  • Inspected proofs to verify quality of prints and need for adjusting and retouching.
  • Determined and adjusted subject position, props and lighting equipment while selecting camera angles to optimize final product.
  • Directed guests to photo port location to view and purchase pictures.
  • Facilitated weekly studio appointments for over 100 shoots.
  • Consulted with supervisors to handle any unusual problems and alter existing equipment.
  • Applied digital styling techniques to enhance photos.
Bachelor of Science: Communications, Expected in
Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA
Associate of Science: Business Communications, Expected in 12/2019
Tide Water Community College - Virginia Beach, VA,
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated with 3.651 GPA
  • Graduated magna cum laude
Career Studies Certificate: American Sign Language, Expected in 08/2018
Tidewater Community College - Chesapeake, VA,
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated with 3.806 GPA
  • Continuing education in Deaf Culture
  • Coursework in Deaf History, Deaf Literature and Comparative Linguistics

Princess Anne Elementary Teacher Assistant of the Year 2020

  • First Aid/CPR Certified

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School Attended

  • Old Dominion University
  • Tide Water Community College
  • Tidewater Community College

Job Titles Held:

  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Preschool Teacher's Assistant
  • Photo Technician


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Associate of Science
  • Career Studies Certificate

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