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Skill Highlights
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication and the ability to relate to persons from diverse backgrounds
  • Professional appearance
  • 29+ years in educational leadership
  • ​Quick thinker with excellent decision making skills; ability to remain calm during times of high stress 
  • Reliable and dependable with exceptional time management, organizational skills and attention to detail
Minnesota School of Bartending - St. Paul, MN - July 2017 
TIPS Certified - February 2018
Master of Education: Special Education University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Professional Experience
Special Events Bartender With A Twist Bartending St. Louis Park, MN
Middle School Interventionist/Tutor Groves Academy St. Louis Park, MN
11/2017 to 05/2018
Special Events Bartender Nicollet Island Inn Minneapolis, MN
08/2017 to 11/2017
Bartender OTG MSP Airport, MN
07/2017 to 11/2017
Special Events Bartender PS Results St. Paul, MN
08/2016 to 06/2017
Special Education Coordinator Hiawatha Leadership Academies - Morris Park Minneapolis, MN
10/2014 to 06/2016
Education Services Manager LDA Minnesota (National Learning Disabilities Assoc.-MN Affiliate) Golden Valley, MN
06/2012 to 06/2014
Principal Nova Classical Academy St. Paul, MN
08/2003 to 06/2011
District Program Facilitator Minneapolis Pubic Schools Minneapolis, MN
02/2001 to 08/2003
Director of Education Minnesota Department of Corrections St. Paul, MN

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Special educator committed to quality instruction, family participation, and team collaboration.

Special Education & Title/LAP Teacher 08/2015 to 06/2019 Mount Baker School District Acme, WA
  • Split teaching role 2015-17: Title/LAP and Special Education teacher for K-2nd grade
  • Collaborated with general education teachers to place students into leveled groups
  • Matched student needs to appropriate reading and math curricula/lessons
  • Monitored progress with weekly and benchmark Dibels testing
  • Maintained a Title/LAP data tracking system for strategic and intensive readers, and used data to change instructional groupings
  • Participated in multi-disciplinary Kid Concern Team to match struggling students with interventions ( 2015-17)
  • 2017-19: Special Education teacher (Resource Room) for K-6th grade. I provided specialized small group instruction and in-class support time for a caseload of 23 to 31 students with IEPs
  • Included specially designed lessons that honored family values (e.g. Since Time Immemorial curriculum, legends by Native authors) since a majority of my intermediate students were Native American
  • Engaging direct instruction in phonological awareness, letter and sound recognition, decoding, fluency, and spelling (Curriculum: Corrective Reading, Edmark, and Early Interventions in Reading)
  • Incorporated manipulatives, technology, choral response, timed fact fluency, visual supports to increase student engagement during math
  • Created specially designed lessons and social stories (i.e. problem solving, self-control, peer interaction, requesting, positive self-talk)
  • Taught Skillstreaming, Zones of Regulation, and implemented a 'check-in, check-out' daily behavior routine for students on BIPs
  • Worked to generalize students' positive behavior into classrooms (weekly in-class support, constructive feedback, peer-modeling, consistent rewards/consequences)
  • Gathered input from classroom teachers, families when creating IEPs
  • Proactive approach to behavior (conducting FBAs, gathering progress data, and adjusting reinforcement to fit changing student needs)
  • Collaborated with teachers and paras to successfully reduce problem behavior and increase access to learning for approx. 10 students
  • Training in Right Response and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Experience deescalating students by teaching a calm-down routine while maintaining safety and student dignity
  • Initiated family communication about student progress, behavior, referral to counseling, connecting with Family Resource Coordinator
  • Maintained confidentiality and professionalism
Special Education Teacher - Developmental Kindergarten 09/2014 to 06/2015 Oak Harbor Elementary Oak Harbor, WA
  • Taught general education curriculum and specially designed instruction for 12 kindergarten students with IEPs
  • Created and implemented BIPs for 3 students
  • Created modifications and delivered academic and social/behavioral instruction to students with a range of different special needs including Autism, Developmental Delays, and EBD
  • Communicated consistently and professionally with families to keep them updated on student progress
Student Teacher In Developmental Preschool/ Practicum Intern In Extended Day 09/2013 to 06/2014 Greenwood Elementary School Seattle, WA
  • Created data collection system to measure student progress
  • Collaborated to create, implement, and measure effects of 1 successful behavior intervention plan
  • Delivered engaging group instruction with modifications to 12 students on IEPs
  • Adapted and implemented effective instructional programs for 2 students in Extended Day (ABA program for students with Autism) between September-March
ABA Home Therapist For 2 Clients 06/2013 to 08/2013 Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Seattle, WA
  • Collected and shared data on client goals with BCBA and families
  • Implemented successful social/behavior, communication, and motor teaching programs
  • Collaborated with childcare and families to ensure ABA program relevance and promote generalization
Preschool Assistant Teacher 09/2012 to 06/2013 Experimental Education Unit (EEU) Seattle, WA
  • Created original modifications to support 8 students on IEPs to access curriculum
  • Supported skill acquisition and increased communication on individual alternative communication devices to promote social skill development (Vantage -1 student, PECs on iPad-1 student, PECS-3 students)
  • Assessed students using AEPS, Teaching Strategies Gold, and IEP goal activity matrices to monitor progress

Early Childhood Teacher 02/2007 to 08/2012 Northwest Center Northwest Center Child Development Program Seattle, WA
  • Promoted inclusion of preschoolers and toddlers with special needs
  • Coordinated with Special Educators, Related Service, Social Workers, and parents to facilitate positive child outcomes
  • Developed weekly lesson plans according to Creative Curriculum
Masters Degree: Early Childhood Special Education 2014 University of Washington Seattle , WA

Courses include: Functional Behavior Assessment, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Instruction for Students with Autism, and Early Childhood Curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts Seattle Pacific University Seattle , WA

Team Leadership
  • 2014: Collaborated with two other students in my university cohort to present at the Infant and Early Childhood Conference. Presentation titled, "Can I Play Too? Simple Strategies for Effectively Including Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings"
  • 2016: Led a school-wide training on how to administer the Dibels Oral Reading Fluency test for progress monitoring in collaboration with one colleague
  • 2017: Led a staff meeting in collaboration with an SLP titled "IEP 101" to increase general education teachers' knowledge of special education teachers and related service providers roles and student needs within our school community
  • 2018-2019: Led weekly team meetings for 2-3 Paraeducators that included training on a variety of topics including implementing behavior plans, teaching reading curriculum, student deescalation strategies, using social stories, and collecting data on IEP goals
  • 2019: Led two district-wide PLC meetings for an interdisciplinary group of 12-14 certificated staff on supporting students with IEPs in our school communities. Topics discussed included providing accommodations and behavior management

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Core Strengths
  • Positive and safe classroom environment a priority
  • Effective positive relationships among staff and parents
  • Growth Mindset
  • Process driven; Problem Solver, Meticulous Organization Skills
  • Familiar with ABA, ABBLS, and Scottish Rite Take Flight Program, SEAS
  • Student Centered Experiential Learning implementation
Professional Experience
08/2017 to Current
Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Specialist Marcus High School Lewisville ISD

Special Education Inclusion Teacher. Co-teach Aquatic Science, English II/III, Government/Economics, US History. Track goals of inclusion students and provided accommodations or modifications as needed. Prepare ARD documents using SEAS and Success Ed computer program.  Attendance Committee. Girls Basketball Score Keeper. Before and after school tutoring. Facilitator of Student Advisory Group.  Wednesday Night School. 

07/2018 to 08/2018
Physics Teacher STARS Physics Program UT Soutwestern Medical Center

Curriculum includes: Vectors and Graphing; Motion; Forces; Simple Harmonic Oscillation; Resonance; Optics; Electricity. Team Building; Escape Room; Straw Rocket Competition, Lab Facilitation. Field Trip to iFly Dallas, a vertical wind tunnel facility; students calculate their own theoretical terminal velocity for a sky dive, and then test these calculations in the simulated sky-diving tunnel.

06/2018 to Current
International Chaperone German American Partnership Program (GAPP) Lewisville ISD

June 12, 2018 - July 3, 2018
9 students, from Marcus High School, another teacher, and I traveled to Germany where we spent 22 days living with host families in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. I lived with teachers in the area and checked in with American Exchange students regularly. 

October 2018

16 students from Wolfenbüttel, Germany traveled to USA to attend Marcus High School for a month.  We organized and facilitated tours and excursions, as well as managed housing arrangements.  I am still associated with this program. 

05/2017 to 05/2017
Summer Camp Ropes Instructor North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center Carrollton, TX
08/2016 to 05/2017
7th & 8th Grade Science/ Coach Texas Leadership Charter Academy Arlington, Texas

Created and implemented 7th and 8th Grade Science Curriculum. Initiated the use of Google Classroom to be implemented and coordinated to have technology policies updated so that it was able to be streamlined across the district. Initiated and coached boys and girls soccer and a book club. Administered the 8th Grade Science STAAR standardized test. Coached Volleyball, Girls and Boys Track, and Girls and Boys Soccer. Administered minor first aid to injured students. 

09/2015 to 05/2016
Special Education Paraprofessional Coppell ISD Coppell, Texas

Structured Learning:  Observed and assessed student performance, documented progress on learning goals, implemented accommodations and modifications according to IEP and BIPs. Supervised field trips.

07/2015 to 11/2015
Volunteer: Side Walker New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy Argyle, TX
08/2014 to 08/2015
Group Fitness Instructor Orangetheory Fitness Dallas, Texas
07/2014 to 11/2014
Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapist (Intern) Denton Regional Medical Center Denton, Texas
05/2013 to 08/2014
Low Ropes Facilitator Texas Woman's University Denton, Texas

Please check out my Linked In for an extended version of my experiences, including clinical, coaching, and education fields.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicakreais

Alternative Certification Program Texas Teachers of Tomorrow
Bachelor of Science: Exercise Physiology Texas Woman's University

Minor: Biology; Emphasis: women's studies, disability studies and sport

Afilliations / Certifications

German American Partnership Program (GAPP); New Hope Equine Therapy; AHA BLS; Texas Chapter of American Society of Hand Therapists; National Society of Leadership and Success; Class A Special Olympics Volunteer; NASM CEU Running technique.  

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Enthusiastic Classroom Assistant highly skilled in working with students by perceiving needs and supporting various functions and the educational, behavioral and emotional needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Personnel development
  • Customer relations
  • Adheres to procedures
  • Goal-oriented
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strategic thinker
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Organized
  • Persuasive speaker
  • Classroom management
  • Teacher support
  • IEP compliance
  • Educational assistance
  • Social development and integration
  • Tutoring
  • Managing classroom for diverse populations
  • Special education
  • Outstanding social skills
  • Positive learning environment
  • Student motivation
  • Personable and outgoing
  • Classroom discipline
  • Identifying problems
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Experience with special-needs students
Work History
Special Education Assistant 04/2018 to Current
Shelby County Schools Cordova, TN
  • Worked with individual students to provide personalized educational, behavioral and emotional support
  • Aided elementary school special education teachers in reinforcing efforts for children with various learning and behavioral needs
  • Implemented curriculum with life-based approach
  • Provided diverse assistance to teachers, including clerical support, classroom management and document coordination
  • Maintained student safety in classroom and outside environments
  • Facilitated curriculum lessons in a positive, engaging environment to maximize student learning and on-task behavior
  • Developed professional relationships with school staff to contribute to a strong learning community
  • Kept learning environments focused, inclusive and supportive at all times
  • In the absence of the regular teacher, took over to lead all classroom instruction and management
  • Documented behaviors, interventions and results
  • Built trust and rapport with students through positive reinforcement and strong communication skills
  • Spoke with parents about student needs to garner additional support
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Developed professional relationships with school staff to contribute to strong learning community
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration
Wireless Sales Consultant 09/2017 to 04/2018
Sam's Club Memphis, TN
  • Arranged technology merchandise in attractive displays to drive sales
  • Maintained up-to-date knowledge of store sales, payment policies and security standards
  • Used product knowledge, sales abilities and customer relations skills to drive substantial sales increases in cellular phones and electronic products
  • Opened, shelved and merchandised new products in visually appealing and organized displays for optimal sales promotions
  • Stocked merchandise each day, clearly labeling items, arranging according to size or color, and preparing attractive displays
  • Communicated accurate information about promotions, customer programs and products, providing exceptional customer service and driving retention
  • Engaged customers warmly and provided immediate and dedicated assistance
  • Managed efficient cash register operations, including scanning items, processing payments and issuing receipts
  • Worked with diligence to regularly meet or exceed special targets, including credit card applications, special donations and specific product promotions
  • Conducted product demonstrations to highlight features and redirect objections to positive aspects
Stay-At-Home Mom 09/2015 to 09/2017
Unemployed Cordova, TN

Unemployed and stay-at-home mom.

Independent Consultant 02/2016 to 02/2017
LiveOps Duties include answering customer service and sales calls for a number of clients and assisting customers with orders, purchases, and information about products or services.
  • Also transferring calls to the correct party when needed.
  • Assistant Store Manager 10/2012 to 09/2015
    Justice Memphis, Tennessee, United States

    Justice Duties include opening and closing store, training employees, handling funds, depositing monies from daily sales, processing shipment, answering phone, servicing customers on daily basis, ensuring control of payroll, supervising associates, and helping store manager with all aspects of running and maintaining a retail business.

    • Stocked and replenished merchandise according to store merchandising layouts
    • Priced merchandise, stocked shelves and took inventory of supplies
    • Cleaned and organized the store, including the checkout desk and displays
    • Operated a cash register for cash, check and credit card transactions with 99% accuracy
    • Alerted customers to upcoming sales events and promotions
    • Identified potential shoplifters and alerted management
    • Trained 10 new sales associates each quarter
    • Completed all point of sale opening and closing procedures, including counting the contents of the cash register
    • Handled all customer relations issues in a gracious manner and in accordance with company policies
    • Welcomed customers into the store and helped them locate items
    • Shared best practices for sales and customer service with other team members to help improve the store\'s efficiency
    Stay-At-Home Mom 05/2010 to 10/2012
    Unemployed Cordova, Tennessee, United States
    • Unemployed, Stay-at-home mom.
    Educational Assistant 08/2009 to 05/2010
    Memphis City Schools Double Tree Elementary Memphis, TN
    • Duties include teaching students who need extra help in reading and math, assisting teachers with anything needed, cafeteria duty, substituting in after care, and being a positive role model and mentor to all children.
    • Planned and led activities to develop students\' physical, emotional and social growth.
    • Instructed small groups of students in basic concepts such as the alphabet, shapes and color recognition.
    • Tailored lesson plans for students with emotional and cognitive disabilities.
    • Assisted the classroom teacher in supervising snack time and indoor and outdoor play.
    • Led reading and arts and crafts lessons.
    • Supported 3 classroom teachers in implementing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for a group of 30 students.
    • Prepared instruction materials, including making copies, constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
    • Graded tests and papers and recorded grades for teaching staff.
    Associate of Arts: Early Childhood Education Southwest TN CC - Memphis, TN Education
    Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education University of Memphis - Memphis, TN Psychology
    High School Diploma 1995 Horn Lake High School - Horn Lake, MS
    • Emphasis in Diversified Occupations