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

Resilient Special Education Teacher is 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. A teacher with a focus on individual student needs across academia and emotional development. Empathetic and accommodating in the 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. A versatile and dedicated teacher with a focus on the individual needs of special education students. Empathetic and accommodating in the design and implementation of hands-on lessons. Exceptional skills working with teachers, parents, and specialists to meet the educational needs of students. Highly qualified and certified in Texas with over 10 years of experience teaching special education at the elementary level. ECSE Teacher with 4 years of teaching in a self-contained resource environment. Skilled at blending new technologies into the standard special education curriculum. Organized and successful at providing classroom and emotional structure for special needs children required to flourish in the academic setting. Coordinates well with classroom teachers with supportive strategies for behavior management and lesson accommodations for students.

  • Teacher relations
  • Teacher observations
  • Teacher training
  • Teacher Support
  • Student progress reporting
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Student records management
  • Elementary education
  • Special education
  • Child development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom management
  • Group and individual instruction
  • Differentiated instruction
Work History
08/2010 to Current
Special Education Teacher Onward Behavioral Health Catasauqua, PA,
  • Partnered with teacher to plan and implement lessons following school's curriculum, goals, objectives and philosophies.
  • Organized classroom materials to prepare for daily instruction and activities.
  • Assigned coursework, tests, and recorded results of performance.
  • Recognize learning issues students faced and recommended solutions.
  • Oversaw students and assistants in classroom and common areas to monitor, enforce rules.
  • Monitor class schedule and take attendance.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Organized instruction material, including constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to diverse range of developmentally challenged students.
  • Established safe play environment for students.
  • Designed and implemented point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Worked in self-contained and resource environments to teach students variety of skills.
07/2007 to 06/2010
Tool Sales Associate The May Institute Inc Tewksbury, MA,
  • Offered each customer top-notch, personal service and polite support to boost sales and customer satisfaction.
  • Coordinated efficient restocking of sales floor with current merchandise and accurate signage for current promotions.
  • Supported loss prevention goals by maintaining accurate drawers and monitoring shopper behavior.
  • Balanced and organized cash register by handling cash, counting change and storing coupons.
  • Approached each problem with fresh mind and analytical strategies to quickly resolve concerns.
  • Achieved sales goals and service targets by leveraging interpersonal communication skills and product knowledge to cultivate and secure new customer relationships.
  • Organized showroom accessories and restocked shelves.
  • Developed strong rapport with customers and created positive impression of business.
  • Built customer loyalty and retention by delivering excellent shopping experiences.
  • Educated customers on promotions to enhance sales.
  • Approached browsing customers to initiate conversations to determine buying preferences.
10/2004 to 06/2007
Special Education Teacher's Assistant Highmark Inc. Wilkes Barre, PA,
  • Used behavior modeling and specialized teaching techniques to share and reinforce social skills.
  • Partnered with teacher to plan and implement lessons following school's curriculum, goals, objectives and philosophies.
  • Assessed student assignments to check quality and completeness and assign grades.
  • Instructed small groups of students in basic concepts such as alphabet, shapes and color recognition.
  • Supported student learning objectives through personalized and small group assistance.
  • Prepared instruction materials, including making copies, constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
  • Assisted teachers with classroom management and document coordination to maintain positive learning environment.
  • Reported on student progress, behavior and social skills to parents.
  • Identified warning signs of emotional or developmental problems and reported to parents.
  • Set up visual aids, equipment and classroom displays to support teacher's lesson delivery.
  • Assisted classroom teacher in supervising snack time and indoor and outdoor play.
  • Maintained safety and security of all youth under care.
  • Delivered personalized educational, behavioral and emotional support to individual students to enable positive learning outcomes.
  • Maintained head count and attendance sheets.
01/1996 to 04/2002
Shift Manager Taco Bell City, STATE,
  • Modernized and improved operational procedures to increase efficiency and profitability while tightly controlling costs such as labor and preventing waste.
  • Excelled in every store position and regularly backed up front-line staff to keep expertise fresh and relevant.
  • Managed schedules, accepted time off requests and found coverage for short shifts.
  • Adhered to company standards and compliance requirements for operations and cleanliness of all areas.
  • Kept employees operating productively and working on task to meet business and customer needs.
  • Tracked receipts, employee hours and inventory movements.
  • Trained and mentored new employees to maximize team performance.
  • Devised new promotional approaches to boost customer numbers and market penetration while enhancing engagement and driving growth.
  • Worked closely with team members to schedule breaks and shifts to meet state regulations.
  • Assisted management team in developing and creating welcoming atmosphere for crew members to voice complaints.
  • Cooperated with coworkers to improve customer experience and manage storefront.
  • Supervised employees and oversaw quality compliance with company standards for food and services.
  • Recruited and interviewed candidates for management to evaluate readiness and fit for position.
Expected in 05/2016
Master in Education: Education Leadership And Administration
Concordia University At Austin - Austin, TX
Expected in 05/2010
Bachelor of Science: Education/ Special Ed
Our Lady of The Lake University - San Antonio, TX

Generalist Grades (EC-4)

Special Education Grades (EC-12)

English as a Second Language Supplemental Grades (EC-12)

Principal Grades (EC-12)

Letter of Recommendation

May 30, 2020

To Whom It May Concern,

I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Claire for the past two years and have been consistently impressed with his work. Mr. Claire exemplifies professionalism, kindness, and a collaborative spirit in all he does.

Mr. Claire serves at Bowden Academy as our PPCD teachers. In this role, he works closely with colleagues and families in addition to teaching his class. He is a consummate professional who cares deeply about his students and his craft. Mr. Claire has an impressive knowledge base of his class and the individual student needs. He is such a calming force for his students and he never seems to get frazzled or frustrated. Mr. Claire has very good working relationships with colleagues around campus and the families he serves.

Mr. Claire has such a kindness and sincerity to how he interacts with all who he comes into contact with. He is a strong and authentic communicator who is trusted and respected by his colleagues. Mr. Claire is able to build credibility with those he interacts with in part due to his disposition that is disarming

He has a strong working relationship with two teaching assistants. He delegates well and empowers the assistants to be a part of a three-person team supporting students. Mr. Claire has trusting relationships with all his families demonstrated by strong communication systems and ARDs that run smoothly while focusing on the needs of each student.

Mr. Claire has built a reputation as a remarkable special education teacher who is respected by his colleagues and families. He is poised to broaden his influence on schools. Mr. Claire is a strong candidate for the leadership program and is well-positioned to be successful in the program.

In Service,

Brian Sparks Network Director

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