Motivated teacher with two years of experience in elementary and seven years preschool education. Demonstrated skill in individualizing instruction based on students' needs and interests. Dedicated Educator committed to creating stimulating, encouraging and supportive classroom atmosphere for all students. Caring teacher with strong communication skills and drive to get students excited about learning. Specializing in creating stimulating environments which help students achieve full potential and enjoy learning.
As a former fourth grade teacher, and presently a fifth grade teacher, I was able to contribute to improving the school in different ways. In the classroom I provided lesson plans that were in accordance with the state standards and deliver the lesson plans to the students, as well as modifying or accommodating lessons as needed. I was in charge of tracking individual progress and sharing progress through quarterly conferences. I showed classroom management through positive reinforcement and goal setting. Although there are several duties I performed on a daily basis, I remained in compliance with school and state regulations and consistently provided a welcoming atmosphere for the students learn and grow safely.
Outside of the classroom I was asked to mentor teachers due to the progress my students were making and the high standards inside the classroom. I had also been asked to conduct observations through a state program to focus on the positives found in various classrooms. I was responsible for preparing and attending Individualized Education Program meetings as well. Additionally, I was placed on the Exhibition Fair committee, in which I planned quarterly open house events after school and communicated the expectations of each event with teachers.
Although it was the students hard-work, I was proud that the two fifth grade students that I sent for the Class Spelling Bee had come in first and second place for the entire school that serves students up to eighth grade.
As a paraprofessional I was able to work on the direct needs of the students, usually conducted in a small group. My schedule allowed me to work in the classrooms of different students as well as in the resource room. I had the duty to inform the teachers the progress of each student. I was able to effectively work in a team, consisting of the general education teacher and the special education teacher. I was responsible for supporting the teacher in instruction and at times had to reteach students who needed additional practice. I had the duty of providing the weekly tests to allow for additional time and support. I worked with students from the range of kindergarten to eight grade on a variety of subjects.
I began working through the Army installation as a day care provider but expanded to establish my own day care. I was a small operation with two employees. I had responsibilities as a child care provider as well as operation. As a child care provider I had created a learning environment for children between the ages of one to five years. Each child had an individualized instruction plan that detailed their developmental progress and create activities to assist each student progress in each area (fine/gross motor, language, social/emotional, and cognitive). I provided parents with reports on their child's progress and also communicated for additional needs, such as incident reports or updates needed for immunizations. I was in charge of the health and safety of each child in care. I had two parents pleased with the progress of their children, as I had practiced writing and reading skills beginning at the age of four, that they opted to leave their children enrolled through kindergarten.
The operation of the day care had different requirements and I was able to utilize my organizational skills. I maintained records for the employees, such as trainings, CPR and 1st aid certification, state required trainings, and overseeing care of the children. I also maintained the records needed by the state for the children.
During my time as a child care provider I earned my Child Development Associate. While being stationed at Fort Huachuca I had been awarded Civilian of the Month for all civilian employees and received recognition for being the first child care provider to receive that honor at Fort Huachuca. After moving to Fort Hood and continuing to provide child care on post I was presented a military coin for the Garrison Commander of Fort Hood for bringing innovative ideas to their child care facility and providing expectational care to the children and mentorship to other providers.
I attended Capella University until December, 2018 but did not graduate from this University. I earned 16 credits in Education.
My projected graduation date is February, 2020.
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