special education teacher resume example with 13+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Special Education Teacher
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Professional Summary

Special Education Teacher with experience in all grades K-12 and all levels of cognitive ability. Taught in medically fragile environment, resource, inclusion, and self-contained classrooms. Professional Tennessee teacher license. Prioritizes functional life skills learning, social-emotional needs, and transition needs for students. Strong paperwork manager. Works well with therapists to implement skills in the classroom and with general education teachers for inclusion opportunities. Maintains good relationships with student families. Easy-going and willing to help.

  • Data Management
  • Motivating Students
  • Student Records Management
  • Individual Education Plans IEPs
  • Cognitive Disabilities Knowledge
  • AAC Devices
  • Positive Reinforcement Methods
  • Autism and Spectrum Disorders
  • Parent Relationship Management
  • Self-Contained Classrooms
  • Independent Living/Life Skills
Work History
Special Education Teacher, 08/2010 to 06/2018
Adams County School District 50Westminster, CO,
  • Taught one year at Jackson-Central Merry HIgh School - 11th grade Language Arts resource and self-contaTined Special Education Class
  • Taught three years in Medically Fragile Classroom at The Montessori School at Bemis (later names Community Montessori School)
  • Taught two years in middle school self-contained special education classroom at Community Montessori School.
  • Created and managed IEPsTaught at Jackson Central-Merry High School first year - 11th grade resource language arts and Self-Conta to define student learning objectives and educational strategies.
  • Recorded student progress for state testing and reporting to administration and parents.
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs, physical and developmental.
  • Collaborated with various therapists (speech, OT, PT, Vision, Assistive Technology, etc) to reinforce and apply skills practiced in therapy in daily routines.
  • Attended to personal care of students
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Arranged for opportunities for inclusion and same-age peer interaction to ensure least restrictive environment for all students.
  • Incorporated assistive technology in to daily activities.
  • Worked with students with moderate to severe autism and other intellectual disabilities to increase life skills.
  • Designed and implemented individualized systems to encourage positive behavior.
Special Education Teacher, 06/2009 to 07/2010
Adams County School District 50Westminster, CO,
  • Taught the inaugural CDC class at South Gibson County High School.
  • Planned and executed various community-based learning excursions for my class.
  • Managed PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) to give students a simulated employment experience in various fields.
  • Assisted families in transition planning for life after high school.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2004 to 12/2008
Adams County School District 50Westminster, CO,
  • Taught a self-contained Life Skills class at Hillwood High School for three years, moved for one year, and returned to the same position for about two more years.
  • Collaborated with other self-contained special education classroom teachers to create a schedule allowing for planning time for each teacher and opportunities for students to interact with each other.
  • Ensured participation in general education classes of value or particular interest to students in my self-contained class.
  • Developed a peer-tutoring program allowing typically developing high school students to spend a class period assisting and socializing with students with intellectual disabilities.
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs.
  • Became certified in Work-Based Learning and supervised students on off-campus job sites.
  • Focused on transition-based life skills instruction and informed students and families of opportunities in the community for adults with disabilities.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2006 to 06/2007
Adams County School District 50Westminster, CO,
  • Managed student IEPs
  • Collected data, prepared, and submitted student alternate assessment portfolios
  • Taught basic academic subjects to a self-contained classroom of students grades K-5.
Master of Education: Severe And Profound Special Education, Expected in 12/2005
Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN

Studies focused on low-incidence disabilities. Research was submitted on self-determination opportunities and strategies for students and adults with severe disabilities. I studied applied behavior analysis and adaptive technology extensively.

Bachelor of Science: Special Education - Severe/Profound, Expected in 12/2002
Union University - Jackson, TN

I was the only student in my cohort to study severe/profound education instead of modified special education, so I regularly met with and my professor and was given independent projects to complete.

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  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Union University

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