special instructor resume example with 16+ years of experience

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Executive Profile

Experienced educational leader with over 17 years of special education expertise across all grade levels. Driven to provide a rigorous and nurturing educational environment that prioritizes student learning and success. Specializing in the delivery of quality specialized services to children and families of children with special needs.

Skill Highlights
  • Self-motivated
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Hard-working
  • Good communicator
  • Strong character and integrity
  • Instructional leadership
  • Process improvements
Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA Expected in 01/2020 Master of Science : Educational Leadership - GPA :

  • GPA: 3.9, Summa Cum Laude

West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA Expected in 05/2006 Bachelor of Science : Special Education - GPA :
  • Dean's List 2006
  • GPA: 3.5, Cum Laude
Core Accomplishments

School Leadership

  • Reorganized the Special Education Department to create more efficiency for serving and supporting schools throughout the district
  • Changed the culture of Special Education from a focus on compliance to one of achievement and improved outcomes for students
  • Implemented a Special Education mentoring program to support and retain top-quality teachers
  • Enhanced the curriculum and academic supports for students with disabilities via research-based curricula and technology
  • Introduced a culture of collaboration with school-based administrators throughout the school
  • Assisted school leader in recruiting and hiring special education teachers and support staff
  • Served as a member of the school leadership team responsible for reporting special education updates on compliance, needs, and achievements
  • Served as the special education liaison to communication information between the school, family, community, and district.
  • Increased academic supports and resources for all special education classrooms throughout the school
  • Provided state-of-the-art training and professional development for special education teachers
  • Instituted research-based practices in special education classrooms
  • Reduced the percentage of students being served in special education from 18% to 11%
  • Increased the inclusive educational opportunities for students with disabilities

Early Intervention

  • Worked on developmental milestones and areas of need of children birth through five with disabilities
  • Worked with caretakers to address any areas of developmental concern and to create lessons that can continue in the teacher's absence
  • Applied the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to determine triggers and consequences for inappropriate behaviors
  • Worked directly with the student and the parents to eliminate these behaviors and offer replacement behaviors that can support appropriate social interaction
  • Conducted age-appropriate assessments and determine what (if any) behaviors, communication issues or developmental milestones should be addressed in an IEP
  • Completed administrative tasks including providing information for IEPs, reporting information from assessments, progress monitoring students' goals, reporting information to parents, and meeting with other specialists to collaborate on student progress and performance
Professional Experience
Creighton University - Special Instructor
Omaha, NE, 06/2018 - Current
  • Provide early intervention services to children ages birth through 5 with special needs as designated in the Individualized Family Service Plan
  • Engage parents and families in therapy process to support student progress
  • Provide parents and caretakers information and resources to improve daily living in the household
  • Assessed and documented student progress with established goals.
  • Contribute to team meetings and collaborate with related service providers to report progress
  • Utilize data collection to monitor student progress according to individualized goals
  • Collaborated with other providers to assess needs, set objectives and discuss strategies
  • Established safe play environment for students
  • Share information on the developmental milestones of children and actively coach families on how to implement strategies to improve daily functional routines
  • Travel to assigned locations to delivery services in the child's natural setting
  • Implement assessments in all required developmental areas and areas of concern
  • Conducted child assessments during intervention visits.
  • Offered guidance and support to families of children with disabilities or developmental challenges.
  • Enhanced knowledge by attending training and adopting new technologies.
  • Implemented tracking tools to evaluate successes and areas in need of improvement.

School District Of Philadelphia - Special Education Compliance Monitor
City, STATE, 04/2017 - Current

  • Monitor paperwork for compliance and due process with IDEA
  • Assist school-based teams with functional behavior assessment and behavior plans
  • Plan and conducted staff development for teachers and para-professionals
  • Collaborate with staff for providing services to students with special needs
  • Assist with selection and assignment of special education personnel
  • Increase proficiencies by attending professional developmental workshops on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Supported general education teachers and administrators in implementing strategies to meet needs of students with IEPs.
  • Collaborated with families to provide resources for children outside of school district.
  • Coordinate with outside state agencies to acquire services for special needs children
  • Interpret and analyzed academic data to maintain student development and retention
  • Facilitate IEP meetings by using family-centered, strength-based approach
  • Provide informative feedback to special education staff through classroom observation and recommendations
  • Maintain contact with parents to address concerns and needs of children
  • Coach and observe teachers to improve teaching techniques.
  • Assist struggling students to maintain progress levels by designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for improvement.
  • Help students with special needs integrate into general classroom environments by advocating for individual requirements and helping teachers solve problems.
  • Maintain accurate records of student progress and attendance.
  • Mentor new teachers on student progress monitoring and legal document preparation.
  • Coordinate regular meetings to share and analyze student performance data and success plans with colleagues and parents.
  • Provide professional development training to educate faculty and staff on laws and regulations governing special education.
  • Develop and implemented behavior management plans to improve student behavior.
  • Monitor student performance to evaluate effectiveness of instructional strategies.
  • Develop Individual Education Plans for students with special needs.
  • Implement behavior modification techniques to improve student social and academic performance.
  • Facilitate small group instruction to address individual learning needs.
  • Conducted assessments of students to determine individual needs.
School District Of Philadelphia - Special Education Teacher /Autistic Support Teacher
City, STATE, 09/2006 - 06/2019
  • Provided special education services to students with Autism grades K-8
  • Taught multiple subjects to students with Autism
  • Created and managed IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to students
  • Partnered with general education teachers to facilitate inclusion
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional, and social growth
  • Assisted struggling students to maintain progress levels by designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for improvement
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs
  • Provided life skills programming for students with moderate to severe autism
  • Encouraged students to take ownership of learning by providing choices
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule
  • Implemented behavior modification techniques to improve student social and academic performance
  • Planned daily activities to keep students engaged and on track with learning goals
  • Helped students with special needs integrate into general classroom environments by advocating for individual requirements and helping teachers solve problems
  • Facilitated small group instruction to address individual learning needs
  • Worked closely with parents and guardians to address students' issues on multiple fronts
  • Maintained accurate records of student progress and attendance

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School Attended

  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Job Titles Held:

  • Special Instructor
  • Special Education Compliance Monitor
  • Special Education Teacher /Autistic Support Teacher


  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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