special education teacher resume example with 20+ years of experience

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Optimistic and compassionate Special Education Teacher with over 18 years of teaching experience focused on meeting student academic and emotional needs in both the traditional and virtual settings. Prepares instruction based on individual student needs. Excellent communicator passionate about the unique needs of each student. Skilled in planning and implementing differentiated instruction in the inclusive classroom setting. Encourages kindness through words and actions.

  • Individual Education Plans IEPs
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Relationship Building
  • Teacher Collaboration
  • Progress Evaluations
  • Motivating Students
  • Parent Communication
  • Attention to Detail
Special Education Teacher, 01/2021 to 11/2022
Friendship SchoolsWashington, DC,

High School Math

  • Developed and implemented Individualized Education Plans to assist students with achieving their goals. Assisted teachers and staff with reviewing and implementing plans as assigned.
  • Advocated for the needs of students with disabilities collaboratively and through well-maintained goals, accommodations, and services.
  • Met weekly with the math team to plan and implement lessons and activities aligned to the curriculum and state standards.
  • Established and maintained open and ongoing working relationships with students and parents to support collaboration in the learning environment. Logged daily calls to document a consistent effort to engage and collaborate with families.
  • Maintained a positive and welcoming environment, encouraging all students to attend, engage, share, question, and problem solve.
  • Attended weekly team meetings with the Special Education administration for department updates and trainings.
  • Mentored paraprofessionals assigned to my student caseload.
  • Collaborated with outside agencies to maintain student schedules and review monthly progress.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2011 to 01/2021
Friendship SchoolsWashington, DC,

Middle School Special Education 7th-8th

  • Planned developmentally appropriate and differentiated lessons and units individually and with cooperating teachers for English/Language Arts and Mathematics instruction.
  • Developed many strong and collaborative relationships through consistent communication with parents, students, and coworkers regarding students’ strengths, needs, progress, and assignments.
  • Encouraged students to communicate, explore, and problem-solve in the classroom by making connections through strengths, talents, hobbies, and goals.
  • Created and implemented detailed Individual Education Plans in collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators. (Software Skyward and IEP Writer)
  • Provided professional development training to faculty and staff on Classroom Strategies and Individual Education Plans.
  • Maintained consistent improvement in standardized test scores in co-taught math.
  • Participated in after-school activities and tutoring to develop a better understanding of students beyond the classroom.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2004 to 06/2011
Friendship SchoolsWashington, DC,

Elementary Special Education K-2

  • Created small group and individual classroom reading and math activities incorporating the differentiated learning needs of all students.
  • Communicated the progress and needs of individual students with parents and regular education teachers.
  • Succeeded in planning and preparing one of the districts first collaborative, effective co-taught classrooms.
  • Created and implemented Individual Education Plans in collaboration with parents and teachers.
  • Designed and initiated classroom management strategies.
Education and Training
Master of Education: Education, Expected in 12/2019 to Saint Francis University - Loretto, PA
  • Dean's List
  • 4.0 GPA
Teaching Certification: Elementary & Special Education Dual Certification, Expected in 05/2004 to Saint Francis University - Loretto, PA
  • Dean's List
  • 3.95 GPA
Bachelor of Science: Human Resources Management, Expected in 12/1995 to Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Indiana, PA
  • Dean's List
  • Graduated cum laude

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  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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