Special Education Teacher resume example with 20+ years of experience

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

Enthusiastic Instructor eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills as a Faculty Adjunct. A clear understanding of implementation and course development and training. Motivated to learn, grow and excel in all education programs.

  • Certified Early Childhood to 12th grade Special Education Teacher
  • Distinguished in Disability Evaluations and Achievement Assessments
  • Conflict Resolution Techniques-Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Certificate in Crisis Intervention and Management
  • Curriculum development and strategic planning
  • Barton Reading and Spelling System (children and adults) Dyslexia Training
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Social Development, Transition Training
  • Certified Apple Teacher, Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google, Adobe, Google Classroom, Blackboard Classroom
  • Academic Advisement
  • Student Records Management, IEP, 504, Evaluation Systems, Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Plans, Pacing Guides, State Department Rubrics
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • School of Innovation and one to one technology
Work History
Special Education Teacher, 07/2012 to Current
Total Education SolutionsColumbus, OH,
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement, and positive reinforcement
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Delivered compelling and differentiated classroom instruction to a diverse range of developmentally challenged students
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule
  • Collaborated with numerous departments and 40+ standard education teachers
  • Instructed students with Down Syndrome, Emotional Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medical Fragile, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, and Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading and Math
  • Redirected poor behavior using positive reinforcement method, resulting in 95% decrease in tantrums in classroom
  • Worked with students with moderate to severe autism to increase life skills both in the school and home
  • Developed technologies for use in the house for AMI days and to assist parents with therapy and completing classroom packets
  • Designed and Created Sensory Room on Elementary Campus
  • Collaborated and implemented Alternate Learning Environment at Elementary Level (Program Director)
Advocate/Consultant, 04/1997 to 06/2012
Medstar HealthClinton, MD,
  • Created strategies for mentally and physically disabled students
  • Reviewed parental reports to determine best practices in home and school settings
  • Observed students in classrooms and social settings to provide feedback concerning educational, emotional, social needs
  • Educated parents concerning Special Education Law under provisions of Individual's with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) 2004 and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Consulted with parents and organizations concerning Individualized Educational Plans, results from psychological examiners, student placement, expectations
  • Supported individuals with legal, physical, or mental health concerns in dealing with routine needs and complex problems to obtain best opportunities available in schools and community services
Social Worker, 04/2011 to 07/2012
Catapult LearningBluffton, SC,
    • Completed detailed charts to summarize interactions with patients and booked follow-up sessions
    • Interviewed clients, families, or groups to assess situations, limitations, and issues and implement services to address needs
    • Assessed clients for abuse and neglect to compile documentation for court reports
    • Supplied crisis intervention and substance abuse services to help clients in community regain control of their lives
    • Formulated treatment plan strategies with multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive and continuous care plan
    • Recommended long-term residential treatment, short-term residential treatment, and individualized and group drug counseling for clients with substance abuse issues
    • Communicated with program director to determine and reduce risk of self-harm and suicide
    • Collaborated daily with interdisciplinary treatment team to develop social work and discharge planning patient care plans
    • Developed Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan to identify cause of problem behavior, formulate strategies to address behavior, and teach new behavioral skills
    • Wrote reports and case summaries
    • Explained medical care options to help families make informed healthcare decisions
    • Administered assessments and developed care plans for clients
    • Coordinated Alzheimer's Alliance Community monthly meetings
    • Supervised two social directors in planning and implementation of activities and programs for clients' well-being and entertainment to successfully encourage participation in social settings and outings.
Long term substitute teacher, 02/2008 to 03/2010
De Queen Public SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Taught reading, language arts, math, science, and social sciences in self-contained ED and LD classroom
  • Redirected behavior using positive reinforcement methods
  • Gave one-on-one attention to students, while maintaining group focus
  • Communicated non-verbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement, and positive reinforcement
  • Took over classes for 6 months, managing all classroom assignments, student needs, and recordkeeping
  • Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies
  • Repeatedly requested as substitute teacher by teachers based on excellent past referrals and trusted performance
  • Studied changing regional curriculums to maintain knowledge of lesson plans for short- and long-term substitute positions
  • Administered standardized assessments with strict requirements and documented information in permanent records
Master of Science: Administration And Supervision, Expected in 05/2021
Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA
PhD.: Education-Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transform., Expected in 05/2018
Concordia University - Portland, OR

17.5 hours completed before school closure and consolidation.

Master of Science: Curriculum and Instruction , Expected in 01/2014
Concordia University - Portland, OR
  • Majored in Inclusive Classroom (Special Education)
PhD.: Clinical Christian Counseling, Expected in 2010
International Theological Seminary - Bradenton, Florida

Emphasis in Counseling

  • Families
  • Children
  • Times of Crisis
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Sick and Terminally Ill
  • Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Crisis Chaplaincy
  • Accredited with Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries
Master of Arts: Clinical Christian Counseling, Expected in 2005
International Theological Seminary - Bradenton, Florida
  • Christian Psychology and Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Counseling for Family Violence and Abuse
  • Counseling for Anger
  • Integrated Approach to Marriage and Family Counseling
Bachelor of Science: Special Education, Expected in 1987
University of Central Arkansas - Conway, AR
  • Language Development in Children
  • Classroom Management/Behavior
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Topics for the Elementary Teacher
  • Reading Strategies for the Exceptional Child
  • Individual Educational Planning
  • Evaluating the Exceptional Child
  • Curriculum for the Exceptional Child
  • Characteristics of the Exceptional Child
  • Evaluating the Elementary Child
  • Foundations in Reading
  • Educational Psychology
  • American School Systems
Associate of Arts: General Studies, Expected in 1984
Frederick Community College - Frederick, MD

Emphasis in

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Community Services
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Social Issues
  • Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
  • Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing

National Association of Special Education Teachers

American Academy of Special Education Professionals- Board Certified in Special Education

Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor

Gold Star Wives/American Widow's Project

Association of American Educators

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School Attended

  • Liberty University
  • Concordia University
  • Concordia University
  • International Theological Seminary
  • International Theological Seminary
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Frederick Community College

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  • Special Education Teacher
  • Advocate/Consultant
  • Social Worker
  • Long term substitute teacher


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