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OBJECTIVE To obtain a special education position that welcomes a wide spectrum of growth and development through innovative means.
EDUCATION University Of Louisville - Louisville, KY
Master of Education in Special Education
Major: Special Education, Autism
Cumulative GPA: 3.7
La Salle University – Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Dual Major: Elementary and Special Education Cumulative GPA: 3.3 Student Teaching GPA: 4.0
CERTIFICATION Pennsylvania Instructional II, Elementary Education K-6
Pennsylvania Instructional II, Physically and Mentally Handicapped K-12
Pennsylvania Instructional II, Middle School English 7-9
EXPERIENCE Warren G. Harding Middle School – Philadelphia, PA
Autistic Support Teacher (2004-2008, 2009-Present) – Grades 6th, 7th and 8th
-Formulated and implemented appropriate IEP goals, employed effective assessment which was monitored, graphed and used in predicting instruction, produced creative and effective accommodations, administered multiple standardized tests, developed supportive relationships with parents and staff, organized class trips to foster vocational skills, created a system to ensure 1 on 1 time, worked collectively with speech, occupational, and physical therapists.
Warren G. Harding Middle School – Philadelphia, PA
Learning Support Teacher (2008-2009) – Grade 6
-Implemented differentiated instruction, created and applied Positive Behavior Support Plans, developed relationships with parents and students, employed a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, and provided accommodations for students on varying academic levels.
John B. Kelly Elementary School– Philadelphia, PA
Extended School Year Autistic Support Teacher (Summer 2009) – Grades 1 thru 3
-Executed instruction from a Life Skills Curriculum, employed instruction from IEP goals, delegated responsibilities to classroom aides, collected and analyzed data for each students’ IEP goals, followed and created Positive Behavior Support Plans for each student, worked collectively with parents, Therapeutic Support Staff, Behavior Specialists and addition support personnel.
Easter Seals – Philadelphia, PA
Substitute Teacher (Summer 2007) – Early Intervention Teacher
-Implemented curriculum, maintained records, functioned as a leader of the multidisciplinary team, supervised teacher’s assistant, plan and work with Division Director and Program Coordinator in developing new program changes.
Ambler YMCA – Ambler, PA
On-Site Director of Camp Outlook (Summer2004 and 2005) – Grades 1st through 8th
-Developed a curriculum for autistic pilot program, supervised the implementation of camp activities, hired, monitored and trained support staff, individualized activities, planned trips, monitored and approved expenses, communicated with parents, and foresaw proper placement of each child.
General Nash Elementary School – Harleysville, PA
Student Teacher (Fall 2003) – Grade 3
-Employed a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, effectively implemented behavior change interventions with individuals and groups of students, developed and utilized media and technology, facilitated parent-teacher conferences, created and implemented an effective and constructive “curriculum writing project.”
Grover Washington Middle School – Philadelphia, PA
Student Teacher (Spring 2004) – Special Education, Grades 7th and 8th
-Implemented interventions from each of the four theory families, created unique behavior management plans, made accommodations for each special need student within my classroom, and produced assessment strategies.
RESEARCH Action Research Project
-Explored different types of cooperative grouping and put them into place within a third grade classroom.
Curriculum Writing Project
-Developed, taught, and reflected upon a three week Healthy Heart Unit.
Critical Reflection Action Research
-Put four interventions from each of the theory families into practice.
PRACTICUM Cardinal Dougherty High School – Philadelphia, PA – Fall 2000- Spring 2002
EXPERIENCE -Observed and taught lessons to twenty adults with Down syndrome.
Joseph Pennel Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA – Spring 2002
-Taught constructivist math lessons to twenty first grade students in La Salle’s after school program.
Joseph Pennel Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA – Fall 2002
-Educated fifteen kindergarten students on reading during La Salle’s after school program.
Joseph Pennel Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA – Spring 2002 – Fall 2003
-Worked with and taught lessons to thirty third graders.
RELATED Simmons Elementary School – Horsham, PA
EXPERIENCE Teacher’s Aide in a 2nd and 3rd grade mentally and physically handicapped classroom. (Summer 2003)
-Assisted in teaching lessons to students with moderate and severe disabilities.
New Beginnings Day Care – Rockledge, PA
Teacher’s Aide (Summer 2001, 2002, and 2003)
-Taught lessons and worked with students ages 1 month to 5 yrs.
Rita’s Water Ice – Rockledge, PA
Assistant Manager (Summer 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001)
-Managed employees and served attendants.
HONORS AND -Champion’s League Volunteer(2004-2006) -La Salle University Track/Cross Country team(2000-2002)
ACTIVITIES -National Education Association(2000-Present) -Autism Society of America National(2004-Present)
-Most Outstanding New Teacher(2004-2005) -First Team All-Catholic in Cross Country(1996- 2000) -Best Buddies Program(2000-2005) -Cross Country Captain at Cardinal Dougherty(1998-2000)
-Dean’s List Scholar(2001 and 2002) -Autism Society of America Greater Phila.(2004-Present)
-National Honors Society(2002-Present) -Pennsylvania Education Association(2000-Present)
-Special Olympics Volunteer (2006-2008) -St.Cecilia’s Track and Field Coach (2007-2008)
-Student Council (2008-2009) -Students Run Philly Style (2008-2010)