special education teacher resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Resourceful and innovative Educator ready to promote learning and growth through Instructional Design.



  • Led and trained team of 1-4 Paraprofessionals, 14 years
  • Developed and implemented vocational curriculum to foster postsecondary employment skills in youth with cognitive disabilities
  • Maintained above 90% pass rate on statewide assessments more than 10 consecutive years
  • Three-time Teacher of Year Nominee

Additional Skills

  • Course material and assessment creation
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Staff training
  • Instructional Design- (PADDIE)
  • Adult learning theories
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Learning Design Applications
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Self-Starter
Work History
Special Education Teacher, 08/2015 to 06/2022
Bridgeport Public SchoolsBridgeport, CT,
  • Developed and managed instructional materials and reports.
  • Created and led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Maintained assessment passing rate of 90% or more for 6 + years.
  • Led Award-winning Recycling Program 6 consecutive years.
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to diverse range of developmentally challenged students.
  • Collected, managed and synthesize data for 90+ individualized goals.
  • Provided life skills programming for students with moderate to severe autism.
  • Collaborated with numerous departments and standard education teachers.
  • Completed intensive leadership training and provided training to colleagues on applied behavior analysis.
  • Designed and implemented point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Created class business for students to gain skills and raised $1000+ 3 consecutive years to put back into students' learning and enrichment.
  • Supervised and trained 1-4 classroom staff.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2014 to 06/2015
Bridgeport Public SchoolsBridgeport, CT,
  • Designed 36 weekly lessons based upon knowledge of subject matter, students and their individual needs, community, and curriculum goals.
  • Planned 15 core lessons per week to achieve desired objectives that reflect Virginia Standards of Learning and division curriculum.
  • Identified individual, group and classroom needs, developed IEPs, and selected appropriate materials and resources to match abilities and individual needs of all students.
  • Developed and managed data charts for 40+ individualized goals.
  • Identified and communicated specific student performance expectations and documented student learning gains using appropriate assessment instruments.
  • Created instruction and learning experiences that are meaningful for all students.
  • Actively implemented classroom procedures that fostered safe and positive environment for students and staff.
  • Managed and directed 3-5 classroom staff (teaching assistants and school community trainer) to ensure compliance with implementation of classroom procedures and compliance with implementation of student individual education plans, behavior plans, safety plans, and/or transition plans.
  • Worked collaboratively with staff, families, and community resources to support success of diverse population.
  • Modeled professional, moral, and ethical standards as well as personal integrity in all interactions.
Teacher, 08/2008 to 07/2014
Grafton Integrated Health NetworkBerryville, VA,
  • Created and implemented lesson plans that incorporated Florida Access Points in all subjects.
  • Provided differentiated instruction to meet students' curriculum/learning, social/emotional, independent functioning, healthcare and communication needs.
  • Contributed to development and implementation of students' Individual Education Plans (IEP).
  • Maintained positive communication/relationships with parents and encouraged partnership.
  • Maintained assessment passing rate of 90% or more for 5 + years.
  • Ensured safety and supervision of children at all times by meeting physical demands of position.
  • Led school's recycling and environmental preservation efforts, winning awards 6 consecutive years.
  • Invited to Mayor's lunch 2 consecutive years for Green efforts.
  • Collaborated with colleagues to pool resources and/or improve instruction.
  • Create embracing, safe, rigorous learning environment for all students.
  • Hosted pre-interns and provided opportunities for student teaching.
  • Worked with other teachers and administrators to create district-wide alternative assessment.
Assistant Manager, 10/2000 to 04/2008
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.Glen Mills, PA,
  • Supervised/issued duties to 3-7 associates.
  • Developed/trained 12+ new and existing sales associates.
  • Provided and maintained excellent customer service.
  • Increased sales by average of 10% weekly.
  • Provided overall visual merchandising for store.
  • Processed incoming and outgoing shipments.
  • Regulated Payroll.
  • Balanced cash drawers.
  • Provided troubleshooting where necessary.
M. Ed: Instructional Design, Expected in 2018 to Western Governors University - Salt Lake City, UT
Bachelor Of Science: Interdisciplinary Studies, Expected in 2006 to Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA
  • National Society of Leadership and Succes
  • Toastmasters

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School Attended

  • Western Governors University
  • Old Dominion University

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  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Assistant Manager


  • M. Ed
  • Bachelor Of Science

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