special education teacher resume example with 10+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Resilient Special Education Teacher 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. Versatile and dedicated, with focus on individual needs of special education students 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. Confident Learning Disabilities Teacher with over 10 years of teaching in the education environment. Skilled at blending new technologies into standard special education curriculum. Enthusiastic and eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Clear understanding of certain computer programs and proficient in typing skills. Motivated to learn, grow and excel in the higher education environment. Excellent reputation for resolving problems and improving parent/teacher satisfaction. Well known for having a positive attitude and patience necessary to teach special education. Extensive experience working with autistic children and other diverse groups of students. Organized and successful at providing classroom and emotional structure for children required to flourish in academic setting. Certified and licensed in Arkansas and recognized as a highly qualified educator. Coordinates well with classroom teachers with supportive strategies for behavior management and lesson accommodations for students. Known for my engaging personality and enthusiasm for promoting hands-on learning with children. I am looking to move my career into a different direction. I have the skills and the confidence to take my knowledge from the elementary setting to the higher education setting, to instruct older students. It is my intention to move from the special education classroom to the general education environment preferably online or employment that gets me out of the classroom and into a more administrative career path.

  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Student Progress Reporting
  • Motivating Students
  • Program Development and Management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Analytical skills
  • Post-secondary education
  • Student counseling
  • Clerical
  • Collaboration
  • Lesson Planning
  • Flexible & Adaptable
  • Organization and Time management
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Student records management
  • Cultural awareness
  • Multitasking abilities
  • Disability assessment testing
  • Differentiated instruction
Work History
07/2014 to Current Special Education Teacher Garfield School District Re-2 | Rifle, CO,
  • 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.
  • Organized instruction material, including constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Collaborated with numerous departments and all general education teachers.
  • Taught reading, language arts and social sciences in self-contained ED and LD classroom.
  • Attended monthly staff training sessions.
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Partnered with standard education teachers from English, Science and Math, History and Physical Education departments.
  • Developed and managed instructional materials and reports.
  • Completed intensive leadership training and provided training to colleagues on applied behavior analysis.
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
  • Incorporated home activities to supplement classroom lessons.
  • Taught students in variety of settings, including self-contained and resource environments.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Worked in self-contained and resource environments to teach students variety of skills.
06/2013 to 07/2014 Elementary Classroom Teacher Explore Schools | Brooklyn, NY,
  • Promoted exploration of building blocks of learning by leading diverse, hands-on activities.
  • Drove student learning by establishing clear classroom plans and group objectives, as well as actionable strategies to achieve each goal.
  • Boosted individual perseverance and resilience by setting challenging goals and providing realistic support.
  • Implemented classroom management improvements to enhance class morale and engagement.
  • Assessed student learning progress and comprehension with routine tests and standardized examinations.
  • Helped students develop self-esteem and life skills by fostering healthy conflict-resolution, critical thinking and communication.
  • Impacted lessons positively by incorporating smart boards, computers, games and music into classroom.
  • Met with parents to review Individualized Education Plans for at-risk students.
  • Integrated technology into 100% of daily lesson plans.
  • Instilled understanding of diversity via differentiated lessons.
  • Built positive relationships with parents to involve families in educational process.
  • Taught students subject-specific material, learning strategies and social skills.
  • Collaborated with administrators on classroom policies, management strategies and discipline.
  • Included multicultural awareness in class discussions to meet state standards.
  • Stayed abreast of changes to school and district policies as well as new trends in education by attending professional development courses and in-service trainings.
07/2012 to 06/2013 Middle School Science Teacher John Glenn School Corporation | Walkerton, IN,
  • Built learning and citizenship skills to help with personal growth in addition to increasing academic knowledge.
  • Administered assessments and standardized tests to evaluate student progress.
  • Led interesting and diverse group activities to engage students in course material.
  • Instructed all levels of neurodiverse students in principles, theories, and facts of literacy and math
  • Completed in-service and additional training to maintain professional growth.
  • Kept laboratory environment neat, well-stocked and safe for students.
  • Created hands-on activities to demonstrate scientific principles and highlight various topics.
  • Prepared and implemented lesson plans covering required course topics.
  • Utilized multimedia strategies and technology to convey information in fresh and interesting ways.
  • Worked with administrators on behavioral issues to support needs of all students.
  • Cultivated relationships with parents for complete support network.
  • Communicated with students and parents regarding academic progress, assignments and behavior.
  • Assessed student comprehension through regular quizzes, tests and assignments.
  • Encouraged student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and participation in middle and high school national science competitions.
  • Planned, prepared and taught lesson plans, giving students individual support.
  • Understood critical development years for adolescent minds and structured lessons to meet cognitive abilities.
06/2010 to 07/2012 Library Aide/Special Education Para Educator Lawrence County | City, STATE,
  • Assisted teachers with classroom management and document coordination to maintain positive learning environment.
  • Set up visual aids, equipment and classroom displays to support teacher's lesson delivery.
  • Implemented lessons initiated by teacher or related services personnel.
  • Worked cooperatively with students of various culturally diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Oversaw class of various sizes students when instructor was out of room.
  • Documented student behaviors, interventions and outcomes to enable lead teacher to address pertinent issues.
  • Helped special education teachers determine specific needs for individuals with exceptional needs.
  • Aided special education teachers in delivering important services for individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Maintained student-centered, supportive environment in delivering learning experiences.
  • Collaborated with teacher to create customized classroom environment that was integral to students' needs.
  • Communicated with students, teachers, staff and parents to main effective relationships for student and program growth.
  • Delivered individual services and instruction support to students and coworkers.
  • Increased proficiencies by attending professional developmental workshops on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Worked with autism student in his or her home using tailored behavioral plan.
  • Built and maintained effective communication and relationships with students, teachers, support staff and parents.
  • Maintained inclusive learning environment to enable students to gain maximum benefit from lessons.
  • Assisted in instructional processes by communicating perceptions of student progress and needs to teacher.
Expected in 12/2004 to to Associate of Arts | General Education Black River Technical College, Pocahontas, AR GPA:
Expected in 05/2008 to to Bachelor of Arts | Mid-level Math/Science/English/Social Studies Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR GPA:
Expected in 12/2016 to to Master of Arts | 4-12 Special Education Arkansas State University, State University, AR GPA:

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School Attended

  • Black River Technical College
  • Williams Baptist College
  • Arkansas State University

Job Titles Held:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary Classroom Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Library Aide/Special Education Para Educator


  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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