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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
Certifications
Minnesota School of Bartending - St. Paul, MN - July 2017 
TIPS Certified - February 2018
Education
1996
Master of Education: Special Education University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
1989
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Professional Experience
04/2018
Special Events Bartender With A Twist Bartending St. Louis Park, MN
10/2017
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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Objective

Human Services Specialist skilled in working with children, teens, and young adults including special needs and at-risk populations. Dedicated to public service and providing experience that helps to support the growth and enrichment of services, team members, and the community.

Work History
12/2017 to 06/2018
Special Education Paraprofessional Ann Arbor Public Schools Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Provided student support through special accommodations, extra assistance and assessments.
  • Facilitated group sessions and provided one-on-one support.
  • Assist in the development of positive behavior management for students.
  • Have direct, ongoing communication with teacher.
  • Focus on individual student capabilities in all communications.
05/2005 to 12/2017
Clinical Medical Assistant Thorrez Medical Practice PLC Ypsilanti, MI
  • Maintain accurate records of patient care, condition, progress and concerns.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications to children, teens, and young adults.
  • Respond appropriately to the physical, developmental and emotional needs of patients.
  • Patient and family advocate.
  • Patient evaluation/intervention.
Volunteer Experience

Human Services Specialist Intern - May 2018 - July 2018

Peace House, Ypsilanti Gathering Space, Jimmy Hill House -Ypsilanti, MI


  • Referred families to shelters, and local resources, and educational programs.
  • Increased recreational program offerings for community members of all ages.
  • Served as liaison for professional, business, community organizations, and individuals.
  • Created promotional materials and provided insightful information to social media and print media to educate the public.
  • Organized educational forums and pitch events to promote networking and connectivity between service providers and funders.


Special Needs Child Care Volunteer - April 2014 - January - 2015

Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center - Ypsilanti, MI


  • Supervised children ages 3-12 during playtime.
  • Assisted with activities and lunchtime during summer camps.
  • Effectively communicated with therapists, parents, and professional staff regarding the activities and progress of the child.
Skills
  • Behavior management techniques
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Highly organized
  • Advanced interpersonal skills
  • Community outreach
Education
Graduated
Associate of Arts: Human Services
Washtenaw Community College - Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI
Graduated
Certificate of Completion: Medical Assistant: Medical
Ross Medical Education Center - Ann Arbor, MI
Certifications and Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid: National Council for Behavioral Health, September 2017


Registered Behavior Technician Training: Behavior University, August 2017

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Professional Summary
Enthusiastic Teacher with a desire to make learning exciting and meaningful. Motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. Skilled in Special education, behavior intervention, and differentiated instruction.
Skills
Work History
PPCD/ Pre-K teacher, 08/2014 to 07/2016
Westwood Elementary Friendswood, Tx
  • Westwood Elementary - 506 West Edgewood, Friendswood, Tx.
  • Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Met regularly with parents and guardians to discuss children's progress.
  • Observed and evaluated students' performance, behavior, social development and physical health.
Special Education Paraprofessional, 01/2014 to 05/2014
Bales Intermediate Friendswood, Texas
  • Instructed up to 11 students individually and in small groups.
  • Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Enforced the school's student discipline code to deal with problem situations.
  • Set up lesson materials, bulletin board displays and demonstrations.
Second Grade Teacher, 08/2007 to 05/2013
Lutheran South Academy Houston, Texas
  • Planned and implemented creative lessons in accordance with district, county, state and federal guidelines.
  • Worked with other teachers and administrators to evaluate and revise elementary school programs.
  • Pursued professional development continually by attending educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
  • Fostered team collaboration between students through group projects.
  • Created a classroom environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
First Grade Teacher, 07/2005 to 05/2007
The Galloway School - Friendswood, Tx
  • Created a classroom environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
  • Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Created an enjoyable and interesting learning environment for students each year.
  • Pursued professional development continually by attending educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
ABCD Behavior Coach/ Teacher, 08/2016 to Current
  • Lobit Middle School - 1251 Farm to Market 517 Rd.
  • W.
  • Dickinson, Tx Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Designed and implemented a point system to encourage positive behavior.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Physically and verbally interacted with students throughout the day.
  • Redirected poor behavior using the positive reinforcement method.
Education
Associate of Applied Science: Child Care and Development, 1996
Lamar University - Port Arthur Arthur, TX
Child Care and Development
Bachelor of Science: Education, Lamar University - Beaumont, TX
Education
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education, 2010
Walden University -
Early Childhood Education
Masters of Education: Teacher Leadership / Special Education, 2015
Lamar University -
Teacher Leadership / Special Education Teacher Leadership / Special Education Beaumont - On-line ACCOMPLISHMENTS Named "Teacher of the Year" at The Galloway School in
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Summary
Dedicated special education paraprofessional committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive for all students.
Skills
  • CPR/AED Certified
  •  Bilingual (Fluent in Spanish)
  • ABA Experience
  • Experience with students with behavioral, developmental, and learning disorders
  • Patient, kind, caring
  • Fun, friendly
  • Adaptable, Open to new methods and styles of learning

Accomplishments
Autism NJ Ambassador
Experience
05/2016 to Current
Special Education Paraprofessional Perth Amboy Board of Education Perth Amboy, NJ
Tutored children individually and in small groups to help them with difficult subjects.
Assisted in ensuring a safe, fun, and functional classroom environment for Kindergarten and third grade students.

09/2015 to 05/2016
Teacher's Assistant Hawkswood School Eatontown, NJ
Applied unique learning techniques to teach middle-school aged children with various disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy.
Learned new methods of communicating with nonverbal students and applied these methods for teaching.
Changed diapers for children who could not use the bathroom independently.
Fed children who could not eat independently.
06/2015 to 08/2015
Teacher's Assistant The Learning Experience Woodbridge, NJ
Assisted lead teacher in implementing lesson plans and ensuring a safe, fun environment for children of ages 2 through 6.
Changed diapers and assisted with feeding.
Developed strong relationships with parents to ensure effective communication and consistency between the home and daycare center. ​
02/2015 to 06/2015
1 to 1 Aide Spectrum 360 Verona, NJ
Worked on a 1 to 1 basis with sixth grade children with Autism and other disorders.
Developed and enforced fun and exciting ways to engage children in different learning styles, in order to accommodate special needs.
Enforced behavior plans created by behaviorists and collected data on progress.
Used Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to run different learning programs and collect data on mastery of skills. ​
Education and Training
Psychology Kean University Union, NJ, USA
2015
Associate of Arts: Psychology Middlesex County College Edison, NJ, USA
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Professional Summary
  • NYS Certified Elementary Teacher
  • TESOL Certification
  • INA (International Nanny Association) -Certified
  • Early Child Education & Training Childhood Obesity Epidemic
  • Child Abuse and Maltreatment Identification and Prevention
  • Statues & Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Suffolk AEYC Annual Conference Building Communities & Early Childhood
  • In depth knowledge of assisting lead teacher in monitoring student progress by keeping essential records and giving feedback.
  • Highly skilled in working with students on developmental tasks and independent skills
  • Plan and instruct each subject area using wide variety of teaching aids, motivational and implementation strategies to engage students in active learning.
  • Incorporate learning modality principles into classroom and individual instruction. Researches educational resources on the Internet and assist with information retrieval.
  • Developed innovative approaches that were held as the model standard for meeting district goals in areas including technology integration across the curriculum, experiential learning, literacy and diversity.
  • Served on school committees focused on curriculum development and anti- bullying efforts.
  • Highly experienced Elementary School Teaching Professional with a strong dedication to the total development of children.
  • Skills
    • NYS Teaching Certification- Early childhood-Elementary
    • TESOL Certification
    • Experience with special-needs students
    • Student-centered learning
    • Varied lesson plans
    • Kind and empathetic educator
    • Strong written and verbal communicator
    • Positive and encouraging
    • Creative lesson planning
    Affiliations
    • Experienced with the essential skills necessary to teach, plan lessons, conduct classroom exercises, to design questions that elicit student response and to use a variety of educational materials.
    • Skilled Elementary Teacher with a background in improving student performance. Focused on working with students, parents, colleagues and administrators alike to teach and motivate students.
    Work History
    Eastport School District Teachers Assistant | Eastport, NY | May 2017 - Current
    • Supported classroom teaches in implementing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for a group of students.
    • Relieved the classroom teacher when needed.
    All Phase Transport Inc. Administrative Assistant | January 2013 - Current
    • Duties such as answering phones, sales order data entry, shipment tracking, billing, accounts receivable collection calls, vendor invoice data entry and telemarketing.
    • Created detailed expense reports and requests for capital expenditures.
    • Ordered and distributed office supplies while adhering to a fixed office budget.
    Half Hollow Hills School District Special Education Paraprofessional | Dix Hills, NY | August 2012 - May 2017
    • One on one Paraprofessional
    • Assisted in preparing reports and paperwork for parent-teacher conferences.
    • Reported on student progress, behavior and social skills to parents.
    • Instructed students with autism.
    • Physically and verbally interacted with students throughout the day.
    Tutor Time Teaching Assistant | Ronkonkoma, NY | January 2009 - January 2010
    • Maintained head count and attendance sheets.
    • Reported on student progress, behavior and social skills to parents.
    • Kept classrooms clean by sterilizing and disinfecting toys and surfaces.
    • Relieved the classroom teacher during breaks.
    • Supported classroom teacher in implementing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for a group of students.
    Computer Associates Assistant Teacher | Islandia, NY | January 2007 - January 2009
    • Supported classroom teachers in implementing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for a group of students.
    • Planned and led activities to develop students\' physical, emotional and social growth.
    • Relieved the classroom teacher during breaks.
    • Maintained head count and attendance sheets.
    Candy Wraps By Lisa Owner/Manager | Deer Park, NY | January 1994 - January 2005
    St. Cyril & Methodius School Teacher | Deer Park, NY | August 1990 - January 1994
    • Planned, implemented, monitored, and assessed a classroom instructional program which was consistent with Deer Park School District regulations and Board of Education goals.
    • Successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative role-playing exercises.
    • Implemented reading and writing workshops to increase student literacy and support school reading programs.
    Things Remembered Manager | Huntington, NY | January 1988 - January 1990
    • Interviewed job candidates and made staffing decisions.
    • Counted cash drawers and made bank deposits.
    • Assigned employees to specific duties to best meet the needs of the store.
    Education
    Master of Arts Education Stonybrook Unversity Stony Brook, NY | 1993
    Bachelor of Science Education Long Island University Brookville, NY | 1989


    High School Diploma Half Hollow Hills HS East Dix Hills, | 1984
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    Experience
    10/2016 to Current
    Sales and Marketing Assistant Valuetronics International, Elgin
    • Responsible for supporting sales and marketing by providing CRM, administrative and reporting support to the VP of Sales and Marketing.
    • Enter, maintain, and update all sales orders in database.
    • Follow up on purchase orders submitted with order confirmations sent to customers.
    • Answer incoming sales calls from customers and route to appropriate party.
    • Provide and update weekly, monthly quarterly and yearly sales reports.
    09/2012 to 12/2013
    Special Education Paraprofessional Lacey Family Education Center, Carpentersville
    • Teach and support children in educational classroom activities and assessments.
    • Supervise students and responsible for their well being and safety at all times.
    • Develop age appropriate crafts and activities to engage students.
    • Maintain communication with parents, guardians and staff regarding student's progress.
    01/2012 to Current
    Consultant Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue Crystal Lake, Illinois
    • Social media marketing, website development.
    • Co-teach and staff various preschools, park districts and special events.
    03/2011 to 06/2011
    Co-Coordinator Vacation Bible School Light of Christ Lutheran Church Algonquin, Illinois
    • Ran successful camp for 260 campers ages preschool-5th grade.
    • Key leader in the church's largest outreach program for children.
    • Execute art/decorating plan, recruit and train volunteers, and manage promotion of VB.
    • Coordinate crafts, games and preschool activities during VBS week.
    • Wrote daily lesson plans for five preschool sessions.
    08/2008 to 10/2016
    Long Term Substitute Teacher Community School District 300 Algonquin, IL

    •   
    • Follow school procedures and teacher lesson plans.
    • Instruct core subjects and follow teacher's behavior management plans.
    • Experience with Michael Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, Daily Five, Words their Way, Becoming a Writer, Jolly Phonics, Excel Math, Common Core Math, Rocket Math and Center based classrooms.
    • Aptitude to remain flexible to ensure students will find a level of success in the classroom Pre Primary , D300 Extended School Year, Carpentersville Summer 2014-2015 5 week sessions Accountable for developing and implementing educational activities and lesson plans for self contained preschool class.
    • Observe students and update IEP/ESY educational goals.
    • Supervise three paraprofessionals and direct their activities with students.
    • Maintain a well disciplined and highly productive classroom.
    • Enjoy team teaching approach and collaboration Teacher Training and Curriculum Support, Young Rembrandts Corporate, Elgin December 1, 2013-June 6, 2014 Train new franchise owners how to use the Young Rembrandts teaching method/curriculum and provide support as needed.
    • Wrote training and curriculum stories as well as respond to pertinent issues on social media and forums in a timely fashion.
    • Record curriculum webinars for Franchisee staff meetings pertaining to current lesson schedules.
    • Collaborate with the Young Rembrandts curriculum development team in the production of the fall 2014 lesson sched- ule.
    • Maintain and update lesson schedules and directories.
    09/2006 to 05/2012
    Young Rembrandts Art Instructor McHenry
    • Taught after school art program at Liberty Elementary for six years.
    • Largest loyal following and class sizes for Young Rembrandts service area two years in a row.
    • Recruit additional students and encourage school to add additional sessions.
    • Qualified as a Young Rembrandts master teacher and part of training team for new teachers.
    09/2005 to 06/2006
    Library Instructional Media Coordinator Lincoln Prairie Elementary
    • Developed grade level appropriate technology lessons using both software and the internet.
    • Worked closely with teachers to coordinate lessons/internet research for classroom projects.
    • Stressed internet safety, rules and appropriate use of school computers and equipment.
    • Wrote k-5th grade technology lesson plans that were age and developmentally appropriate.
    09/1991 to 12/2002
    Outreach Coordinator/Administrative Assistant Illinois Secretary Of State Driver Services Facility Chicago, IL

    • Drafted meeting agendas, supplied advance materials and executed follow-up for meetings and team conferences.
      Drafted meeting agendas, supplied advance materials and executed follow-up for meetings and team conferences. for the Illinois Organ Tissue Donor program:.
    • Wrote brochures, newsletters and correspondence on behalf of the Illinois Secretary of State's Life Goes On Organ/Tis- sue Donor Program.
    • Public speaking to various organizations such as medical professionals, civic organizations, high schools, corporations and interested groups on behalf of the program.
    • Represent the office on various panels and committees pertaining to organ donation.
    • Coordinate special events working with various organizations at health fairs, organ donor sign up events and awareness activities.
    • Representative for the Illinois Donation and Transplant Education committee.
    • Spoke at statewide Driver Education and Health and Science Conferences.
    • Set up workshops with Regional offices of Education.
    • Taught organ/tissue donor curriculum as a guest speaker/teacher in HS Health and Drivers Education classes.
    Skills
    Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, data entry, internet skills, SMART board Technology, proprietary software for Country Financial, Young Rembrandts, Avalon Risk Management and Valuetronics International
    Education and Training
    Master of Arts: Teaching AURORA UNIVERSITY Aurora, Illinois Illinois State Board of Education PEL-Professional Educator License PARA-Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement Teaching 4.0
    Bachelor of Arts: Journalism EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Charleston, Illinois Journalism
    Bachelor of Arts: Speech Communication Speech Communication
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    Professional Summary
    Experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent Education, Developmental Disabilities, and Crisis Intervention. Strong community and social services with a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science.
    Skills
    • Experience using MS Office Suite, specifically Powerpoint, Word and Excel
    • Well organized and detail-oriented
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Dependable; committed to meeting deadlines
    • Calm under pressure
    • The ability to handle multiple projects at once; strong prioritization skills
    • Strong relationship building skills
    • Adept at working with special needs children and families
    • First aid certificate.Infant and child CPR certification
    • Customer-service oriented mentality
    • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately 
    • Knowledge of employment law
    Work History
    Computer Operator & Atm Coordinator, 06/1991
    CommonWealth Central Credit Union San Jose, CA
    • Senior Teller
    • Asst. Computer Operator (main system) - performed system back ups, ran dept. reports
    • Substituted for Branch Managers
    • Handled Mortgage loan applications
    • Opened new accounts
    • Balanced Atm deposits. Stocked and maintained Atm.
    Licensed Family Childcare Provider, 02/1992 to 06/1997
    Home Away From Home Daycare San Jose, CA
    • Maintained a safe, child-friendly environment with access to learning activities.
    Special Education Paraprofessional, 10/1999 to 06/2003
    Hollister School District Hollister, CA
    • Created strategies to meet the needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
    • Taught reading, language arts and social sciences in a self-contained ED and LD classroom.
    • Instructed students with disabilities, including Autism, Cognitive Delays and Downs Syndrome.
    • Organized instruction material, including constructing bulletin boards and setting up work areas.
    • Worked with district administrators to implement a new curriculum and presented this information to the district board members.
    • Attended school district union meetings to promote new positions and pay for paraprofessionals working with the severally disabled.
    Program Coordinator/Registered Behavior Technician, 01/2003 to Current
    Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc. Marina, CA
    • In charge of all contracts with Tucci Learning Solutions, for special needs students in Salinas City Elementary School District.
    • Manages 1.7 million worth of contracts, negotiates services, meets with district administrators to review contracts and services.
    • Coordination of 22 staff for 3-person teams for each client contract. Put together teams for each contract including interviewing and supervising staff. 
    • Mentoring staff in transition to coordination positions.
    • Designing and monitoring behavior programming and data collection under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
    • Supervise Crisis Interventions with extreme, injurious behaviors of students. Certified in PCM (Professional Crisis Management)
    • Implement and modify curriculum using the Compentent Learner Model (CLM).
    • Certfied CLM Coach and Coordinator, training other staff in positive behavior interventions, the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and data collection and graphing.
    • Manage my own case-load in both home and school settings.
    • Parent training in home programs in ABA. 
    • Maintains accurate and detailed records, including staff and child files on enrollments, attendance, health and safety, emergency contact information and incident reports.
    • Incorprorates other validated strategies in developmentally appropriate activities.
    • Assures adherance to state and federal laws pertaining to special needs rights and education.
    Education
    Associate of Arts: Social Science, 2005
    Gavilan College - Hollister, CA
    Psychology, National University - San Jose, CA
    Applied Behavior Analysis & Leadership, ABA - 2007 Leadership - 2016
    West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV
    • Coursework in Organizational Psychology
    • Program Implementation
    • Certified as a Coordinator in the Competent Learner Model (CLM)
    Bachelor of Arts: Behavioral Science, 2011
    Ashwood University - Sarasota, Florida
    Psychology, Yale University - New Haven, CT
    2014 Certificate in Moral Psychology