special education teacher resume example with 17+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Resilient and compassionate educator familiar with the rewards associated with teaching individuals with special needs. Have the ability to remains positive and focused during diverse situations. With many years of experience have proven professionalism and productivity in being versatile and dedicated with a focus on the needs of others.

Empathetic and accommodating in the design and implementation of hands-on lessons. Detail-oriented Educator who is seeking a director opportunity to apply over twenty years of success in public education, community service, after school, and event management. Eager to apply knowledge and skill set to in whatever capacity will be beneficial.

Versatile Individual with focus on individual student needs across academia and emotional development. Empathetic and accommodating in 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.

  • Community Relations
  • Director and Leadership
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Creative and innovative
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Advanced Problem Solving
  • Teaching Experience
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Testing
  • Designing
  • Program Support
Work History
Special Education Teacher, 08/2019 to Current
Desert Choice SchoolsSan Tan Valley/ Queen Creek, AZ,
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to range of diverse students.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Managed classroom environment of more than 10 students with varying levels of disabilities
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Assisted struggling students to maintain progress levels by designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for improvement.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs.
  • Organized instruction material, constructed bulletin boards and set up work areas.
  • Designed and implemented point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Taught multiple subjects to students with intellectual or emotional disabilities.
  • Handled inbound and outbound contacts to provided parents tools needed according to departmental policies and procedures, to make informed academic decisions.
Health Science Technology Academy Teacher, 08/2004 to 07/2019
Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian CommunityScottsdale, AZ,
  • Worked directly with field site and college representatives to assist students in successful completion of requirements needed to receive college scholarships.
  • Developed program to work with students and increase interest in higher learning.
  • Corresponded with clients through email, telephone or postal mail.
  • Documented student attendance and progress against goals.
  • Advised students on crucial academic decisions such as higher education, careers and professional goals by discussing and identifying their interests and strengths.
  • Assisted in developing student-led after-school tutoring program to teach under-privileged students, supervised more than 250 high school students on college campus for week.
  • Instituted mentoring program between high school and middle-grade students, increasing student development and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Planned, implemented, monitored and assessed classroom instructional program.
  • Facilitated group sessions and provided one-on-one support.
  • Fostered meaningful relationships among students through student field-trip retreats and team-work community service projects.
  • Guided students in using technology to support educational research.
  • Pointed students to relevant information about academic and personal support services available at college.
  • Supervised and evaluated students' laboratory work.
Site Coordinator, 08/2008 to 06/2019
Desert Choice SchoolsTempe, AZ,
  • Recruited volunteers to assist with various events, including fundraising and community outreach.
  • Supervised crew of over 3 employees and approximately 80 students.
  • Monitored budgetary restrictions to ensure adherence to guidelines.
  • Generated reports to inform stakeholders and management.
  • Scheduled staff and volunteers to cover all necessary duties during planned events.
  • Identified community resources and networked with local officials to coordinate.
  • Prepared and gave presentations to parents, students and other project stakeholders.
  • Defined and tracked program effectiveness and adjusted strategies accordingly.
  • Worked closely with administrators, counselors and students to identify their needs and challenges and provide solutions-oriented themes.
Special Education Teacher, 08/2006 to 06/2019
McDowell County SchoolsCity, STATE,
  • Worked with students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs.
  • Developed and managed instructional materials and reports.
  • Collaborated with numerous departments and general education teachers.
  • Taught students in variety of settings, including self-contained and resource environments.
  • Taught math self-contained ED and LD classroom managed caseload of 20-30 students.
  • Instructed students with disabilities, including autism, learning disability and mental impairment.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Gave one-on-one attention to students, while maintaining overall focus on entire group.
  • Redirected poor behavior using positive reinforcement method.
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to diverse range of developmentally challenged students.
  • Physically and verbally interacted with students throughout day.
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Collaborated with students with multiple degrees of special needs to accomplish various tasks.
Master of Science: Special Education, Expected in 2010 to Marshall University - Huntington, WV
Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice, Expected in 2001 to Bluefield State College - Bluefield, WV
High School Diploma: , Expected in 1994 to Mount View High School - Welch, WV
  • Special Education Team Leader for Berea Middle School
  • Named "Teacher of the Year" at Mount View High School in 2014.
  • Student Mentor
    Volunteered as temporary student guidance counselor to help resolve student personal issues.
  • Led class of special needs students to an average 2% increase in math standardized test scores during the 2016 - 2018 school years.
  • Student Progress Conferences
    Conducted conferences with parents, administrators, testing specialists and social workers to discuss educational plans designed to promote student achievement.
  • Targeted Development - Met with parents and guardians to discuss children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs.
  • Designed and conducted a well-received professional development workshop for Mount View Middle School staff in 2008-2019.
  • Supervised team of 10 staff members.
  • Documented and resolved Discpline and procedure problems which led to increased attendance, decreased referrals and a more positive environment .
  • Permanent Certification in k-adult
  • Autism Certified
  • Multi-categorical Special Education
  • Carnegie Learning Math Instruction
  • Kagan Instruction

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School Attended

  • Marshall University
  • Bluefield State College
  • Mount View High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Health Science Technology Academy Teacher
  • Site Coordinator
  • Special Education Teacher


  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • High School Diploma

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