Dedicated Special Education Teacher focused on building each student's strength and confidence, as well as giving students firm guidelines, consistency and dependability to foster their social and academic growth while fostering their ability to become lifelong independent learners.
I currently teach reading comprehension, written expression, vocabulary, and memory skills through implementation of the SIM Learning Strategies, which are research validated through the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning. I also lead professional development strategy training sessions for the other teachers in my department, along with leading department and team meetings.
Developed individual educational plans (IEP) and individual transition plans(ITP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development. Established and communicated clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to both students and parents. Conducted small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs.
Developed individual educational plans (IEP) and individual transition plans (ITP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development. Attended multiple professional development sessions for SIM Learning Strategies. Implemented SIM Learning Strategies in my curriculum while working with students in small group settings as well as inclusive settings.
Developed individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development. Successfully delivered educational, emotional, and behavioral supports in all academic subject areas to students with moderate to severe Emotional Behavioral Disorders in grades 3 through 5. Conducted small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs. I designed and produced a musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that my students performed for parents, teachers, and School System Staff. I also taught my students to play and perform, using hand bells.
I provide professional development throughout Forsyth County School System and other school systems as requested. My repertoire includes, but is not limited to: Word Identification, LINCS Vocabulary, Sentence Writing, Inference, Paragraph Writing, Theme Writing, Test-Taking, FIRST Letter Mnemonics, Paraphrasing,Listening and Note-Taking, Self-Advocacy, Possible Selves, Word Mapping, Main Idea, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Comma Strategies, Essay Test-taking, and Assignment Completion
Lesley University; Ed.S, Technology in Education (2006)
Brenau University; M.Ed., Special Education- Interrelated (1998)
Brenau University; B.S., Special Education-MR (1995) cum laude
Gainesville College; A.S., Early Childhood Education (1993)
State of Georgia Teaching Certificates:
P-12, Special Education Adapted Curriculum Consultative (2015)
P-12, Special Education General Curriculum Consultative (2015)
P-5, Special Education Social Science (2015)
4-8, Special Education Social Science (2015)
P-12, Special Education- Mental Retardation (2015)
P-12, Special Education- Interrelated (2015)
6-12, English (2015)
Certified SIM(TM) Learning Strategies Professional Developer
Georgia Association of Educators
National Educators Association
Forsyth County Educators Association
SIM Professional Developers Network
Experienced Professional Developer
Highly Skilled Planner
Leader in my Field
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