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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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To engage my passion for education and advance my leadership skills by working collaboratively with all team members to provide the highest quality programming for all students.
Master of Science: Special Education 2016 Minnesota State University Moorhead - Moorhead, MN
Bachelor of Science: Special Education 2008 St. Cloud State University - St. Cloud, MN



Special Education Teacher (K-5) 08/2010 to Current
Otsego Elementary School Otsego, MN
Private Tutoring w/ Orton-Gillingham based Methods Nowthen, MN
Special Education Teacher (6-8) 08/2009 to 06/2010
Salk Middle School Elk River, MN
Special Education Teacher (K) 08/2009 to 06/2010
Parkview Early Childhood Center Champlin, MN
Direct Support Professional & Developmental Trainee (Pre-K) 08/2008 to 08/2010
Fraser Minneapolis, MN
Travel Coordinator 11/2005 to 05/2009
Champion Airlines Bloomington, MN
Flight Attendant 09/2000 to 11/2005
United Airlines Chicago, IL

  • Testing, setting student goals, implementing research-based reading methods, data analysis, and monitoring student improvement
  • Worked with colleagues on a multi-tiered response to intervention
  • Conducted professional workshops for other educators throughout the district    
  • Address parent concerns and screen students for dyslexia if wanted. Translate findings to parents and educate the family about how they can best help their child succeed in school and what evidence-based interventions are needed.
  • Dedicated child advocate with a focus on the individual needs of each student.
  • One-on-One Reading therapy using researched-based Orton-Gillingham methods.
  • Experience with Barton, Wilson, and the pure-unchanged Orton-Gillingham method 
  • Proven leadership skills by conducting school and district wide trainings on Dyslexia and the Orton-Gillingham method
  • Experience conducting formal evaluations in order to understand students' educational needs.
  • Leader on school data team, worked closely with ADSIS and others to evaluate data and provide guidance to facilitate continuous improvement and implementation of interventions throughout our school and district.

Dyslexia Specific Professional Development
  • Orton-Gillingham Training –Reading Center                 July 2015
  • Dyslexia Training/Barton Certification                            June 2014
  • How to Screen for Dyslexia –Susan Barton                    June 2013
  • Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE)                    June 2007

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Talented early education professional with diverse experience in planning and implementing various activities for promoting physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of children.  Specializing in early childhood development for students with special needs.
  • Certified in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Provides/creates calm and inviting room environment where students feel safe
  • Professional learning team leader with staff
  • Proficient in Synergy
  • Proficient in Teaching Strategies Gold
  • Proficient in Boardmaker
  • PBIS and SIT trained
Professional Experience
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, 08/2005 Current Tucson Unified School District: Tucson, AZ
  • Created and implemented developmentally-appropriate curriculum that addressed all learning styles
  • Encouraged children to be understanding of others
  • Distributed quarterly educational assessments
  • Developed professional relationships with parents, teachers, directors and therapists
  • Wrote and presented documents for Individual Education Plan conferences
  • Provided a partnership with families through home visits, newsletters, phone calls, notes home, and family events
  • Supervised and trained two teaching assistants. Developed Trainings for teaching assistants
Teacher, 08/2002 05/2005 St. Mark's Preschool Tucson, AZ
  • Developed multilingual and multicultural curriculum to serve families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Incorporated music and art activities to encourage creativity and expression.
  • Offered stimulating curriculum that accommodated all learning styles.
  • Using the AZ Early Learning Standards as a foundation. Provided played based and interested based centers.
Education and Training
2006 Northern Arizona University Tucson, AZ, Pima Early childhood Special Education
 4.0 GPA
Emphasis in Early childhood special eduction 
2002 Prescott College Tucson, AZ, Pima Bachelor of Arts Elementary Eductaion 4.0 GPA
1998 Central Arizona College Tucson, AZ, Pima CDA Early Childhood Continuing education in Early Childhood Education
Site Council Member - Secretary /​Assessment Team for incoming per models

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Compassionate and caring Special Education Teacher focused on meeting academic, social and emotional needs of students. Committed to creating a positive classroom atmosphere that is student-centered, nurturing and supportive and encourages each child to reach full potential.

  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Interactive/multi-sensory instruction
  • Reading and math intervention 
  • Technology integration
  • Adaptive and flexible
Special Education Teacher (5-8) Aug 2019 to Current
Westerly Middle School Westerly, Rhode Island
  • Provided specialized classroom instruction to  students with developmental disorders, including autism.
  • Address unique learning styles, adapt instruction to meet the needs of all students, and engage students in rigorous learning experiences
  • Collaborate with general education teachers to support and promote inclusion of students in the general education setting.
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development.
  • Plan and supervise purposeful assignments for instructional assistants.
  • Attend and complete all required training and professional development.
Special Education Teacher (K-5) Aug 2004 to Jun 2019
Wilderness Elementary School Spotsylvania, VA
  • Differentiated and multi-sensory instruction for students, primarily in reading and math, in both self-contained and inclusion settings.
  • Teach collaboratively in general education classroom
  • Maintain current assessment data, implement response to intervention(RTI) and progress monitoring
  • Communicate with parents, teachers, administrators, school psychologists and other team members to develop and update student IEPs.
Special Education Teacher (9-12) Jul 2003 to May 2004
Massaponax High School Spotsylvania, VA
  • Individualized instruction within the Behavior Support Classroom
  • Teach collaboratively in the general education setting
  • Provide social skills instruction
  • Develop and update student IEPs.
Program Director Feb 1997 to Jul 2003
Nonotuck Resource Associates Northampton, MA
  • Provide residential and community support for adults with disabilities in a shared living model.
  • Act as a liaison and advocate within communities, to facilitate opportunities and access to community programs and events for people with disabilities, as well as promote awareness and acceptance.

Education and Training
Teaching Licensure University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Master of Education, Educational Psychology Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bachelor of Science, Biology Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rhode Island Teaching Licensure:

  • Expert Residency Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle School Science (5-8)
  • Middle School Special Education (5-8)

Virginia Teaching Licensure:

  • Middle School Science (6-8)
  • Special Education-General Curriculum (K-12)

CPR/AED certification

Crisis Prevention and Intervention Certification (CPI)

Additional Information
  •  Department Chair (2005-2010)
  •  Mentor Teacher of the Year (2013)(2018)
  •  Volunteer Coach Challenger Baseball League (2010-2018)