Download PDF

Certifications

Jul 2015Jun 2019

Ohio Teacher License

Ohio Department of Education
Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Intensive (K - 12) & Visual Art (PK - 12)

References

- Joseph Filipiak, cooperating teacher

“Knowledgeable, patient & understanding, reliable & mature, but most of all, he cares about each of his students.”

- Jacqueline A. Morell, coworker

“Willing to go above & beyond what is required of him . . . a wonderful addition to any school . . .”

- Anthony Zazzarino, Jr., coworker

“An intelligent, creative person who can handle most any task or objective that is directed toward him”

- Jane Frish, coworker

“It is my belief that everyone at Seminole Elementary School has benefited for having known Mr. Frimel.”

- Patricia Bishop, coworker

“Brian is a well-versed instructor . . . A dedicated, compassionate, & creative person, an asset to any school.”

- Tracy Downing, Assistant Principal

“Brian’s compassion for his students is evidenced by his genuine care for them.”

- John Scudder, Principal

“Brian has a clear focus on constant improvement . . .”

My Story

I am a Highly Qualified Teacher licensed to educate students with mild/moderate & severe/profound educational needs. As an educator, I am always striving to provide my students with a safe, caring, & developmentally appropriate learning environment coupled with targeted lessons & engaging materials – adapted & modified in attempts to render difficult concepts accessible for my students. I continue to learn & improve my craft – relentlessly seeking the most recent, useful, & applicable information to help my students master their lessons, grow, & succeed in all dimensions of their lives.

My deepest desire is to help my students reach their fullest potential intellectually, socially, & emotionally. My greatest source of pride in my teaching career comes from seeing my students grow & succeed, make new connections & master their lessons.

Currently I am seeking new career opportunities for the 2017-18 school year, preferably working with preschool through 8th grade students with moderate/intensive educational needs.

Educational Philosophy

My teaching career has been spent proving that, when provided with the appropriate support, guidance, patience, & understanding, all students are capable of tremendous growth & academic success. My method of educating students with moderate/intensive disabilities has resulted in my students achieving multiple years of growth in a single school year – as measured by district & state assessments and the Brigance Inventory of Early Development II.

Professional Profile

Specializations:

  • Educating Young Students with Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs – 9-years experience.
  • Favors student-centered literature & communication based teaching.
  • Provides a safe, caring, & developmentally appropriate classroom, combined with targeted lessons & engaging materials.
  • Adapting a fully academic curriculum to my students’ developmental & ability levels.
  • Recognized for my enthusiasm, creativity, compassion, & dedication to the students; Ability to consistently meet student needs & promote student development to its fullest potential.
  • Experience teaching in urban, suburban, & rural classroom settings.

Skills

Execution:

Planned, designed, & implemented the entire program for my students; Established ambitious goals & high expectations – which promoted students to surpass expected levels of academic & personal growth.

Knowledge of Subject Matter:

Relentlessly seeking the most recent research on subject matter, student needs, & approaches to providing instruction.

Motivation & Management:
Utilized a balanced blend of motivational & targeted instruction methods to enhance curricula, focus on the 3 R’s – rigor, relevancy, & relationships; Utilized Positive Guidance Model & sensory integration to manage student behavior; Take a genuine interest in students as unique & valuable individuals.
Expressive Clarity:
multiple State Audits – recognized for having written error-free IEPs with clear, measurable, & appropriate goals & objectives.
Technology:
Boardmaker, Discrete Trial Trainer, Microsoft Office Suite, e-IEPPRO, EdConnect, iPad/iPod, SmartBoard, MimioBoard, augmentative & alternative communication devices & switches, & various children’s educational software & websites, & various forms of assistive technology.
Teaching for Mastery:
Utilized research-based methods, coupled with engaging materials to produce effective learning experiences – used multi-sensory techniques & materials, novelty, & integrative learning; Adept in multiple instructional strategies, including augmentative/alternative communication, Balanced Literacy, Discrete Trial Training, FUNdations, & Multiple Intelligences.

Education

Jan 2010May 2011

ISMI Licensure

Ashland University

Licensure coursework in Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs, 3.88 GPA

Jun 2000May 2003

M.A.Ed.

Baldwin-Wallace College

Master of Arts in Mild/Moderate Educational Needs with a minor in Art Education, 3.86 GPA

Awarded: Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society Membership

Aug 1991Jun 1998

B.A.

Cleveland State University

Bachelor of Arts in Art with a dual focus in Printmaking & Drawing, 3.18 GPA

Awarded: Ohio House of Representatives Scholastic Achievement Award, Dean’s List

Work experience

Aug 2015May 2017

Intervention Specialist, Multiple Disabilities / Behavior Unit

Darke County Educational Service Center at Bradford Exempted Village School District, Bradford, OH.

Self-Contained, K – 5

  • Taught 7 students with varying abilities & disabilities, kindergarten through 5th-grade, in a self-contained classroom. 
  • All students, 3rd-grade – 5th-grade, took the state’s Alternative Assessment and score proficient or higher.
  • Developed & implemented IEPs for all 7 of my students, managed 4 classroom aides. 
  • Supported 1 ASD student to be fully mainstreamed, & 2 non-verbal ASD students to become verbal & independent.
Aug 2012June 2015

Substitute Teacher

North Coast Share Services Alliance

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2006 – 2015, Berea City School District, Berea, OH
  • 2009 – 2015, Garfield Heights City School District, Garfield Heights, OH
  • 2010 – 2015, Orange City School District, Pepper Pike, OH
  • 2012 – 2015, Lorain County Educational Service Center, Lorain, OH
  • 2012 – 2015, Parma City School District, Parma, OH
  • 2012 – 2015, Fairview Park City School District, Fairview Park, OH
  • 2012 – 2015, South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District, Lyndhurst, OH
  • 2014 – 2015, Brooklyn City Schools, Brooklyn, OH

Duties:

  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Taught students with Autism & Multiple-disabilities (K-12) & Preschool.
Aug 2012June 2015

Substitute Teacher

Rachel Wixey & Associates

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2009 – 2015, Geauga County Educational Service Center, Chardon, OH
  • 2009 – 2015, Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District, University Heights, OH

Duties:

  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Taught students with Autism & Multiple-disabilities (K-12) & Preschool.
Aug 2009June 2015

Substitute Teacher

Renhill Group

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2009 – 2015, Bedford City School District, Bedford, OH
  • 2009 – 2015, Olmsted Falls City School District, Olmsted Falls, OH
  • 2012 – 2015, Nordonia Hills City School District, Northfield, OH

Duties:

  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Taught students with Autism & Multiple-disabilities (K-12) & Preschool.
Aug 2001Jun 2015

Substitute Teacher

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Worked, almost exclusively, in classrooms for students with Multiple Disabilities (K-8) & Preschool.
  • Taught Multiple Disabilities classroom (4th – 8th grade), Long-term substitute position at Joseph M. Gallagher, CMSD – taught all coursework (Oct. 2011 - Feb. 2011).
Aug 2013Jun 2014

Exceptional Student Educator, Severe/Profound

Foster Elementary School, School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL.
  • Taught 6 of District Area 7’s students with severe/profound needs, 2nd through 5th Grade - self-contained classroom. 
  • Wrote & implemented IEPs for all 6 of my students. 
  • Adapted a fully academic curriculum to the developmental & ability levels of my students. 
  • Wrote & implemented IEPs for all 6 of my students. 
  • Participated in weekly PLN meetings, monthly & quarterly professional development meetings. 
  • Communicated daily with parents regarding child's progress & classroom activities utilizing custom created logs. 
  • 5 of 6 students made considerable progress (increase of 20 points or more), as demonstrated on the district's Significant Cognitive Disability Assessment &/or the Florida Alternative Assessment.
  • Left position due to personal health issues. 
Feb 2013Jun 2013

Intervention Specialist at Therapeutic Residential Facility for Abused Boys

Safely Home, Inc., Bedford, OH.
  • Conducted post-secondary transition interviews & planning. 
  • Wrote IEPs & conducted IEP meetings. 
  • Completed report cards, progress reports, & special education paperwork.
Aug 2003Jun 2013

Substitute Teacher

Solon City School District
  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Worked, almost exclusively, in classrooms for students with Multiple Disabilities (K-8) & Preschool.
Aug 2011May 2012

Socio-Academic Educator, Educator of the Severe & Multiply Disabled

Sheely Farms Elementary School, Tolleson Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ
  • Taught the district’s students with the most severe/profound needs, in a self-contained classroom, Preschool through 8th Grade.
  • Designed & created all lesson materials.
  • Adapted a fully academic curriculum to my students’ developmental and ability levels. 
  • Left position due to cost of living in Phoenix (losing $350 a month from savings).
Aug 2007Jun 2009

Exceptional Student Educator, Severe/Profound

Seminole Elementary School, Okeechobee County School District, Okeechobee, FL
  • Taught the most severely/profoundly disabled elementary students in the county school district.
  • Planned, designed, & implemented the entire program for my former students; the program/position did not exist prior to my employment.
  • Established ambitious goals & high expectations – which promoted students to surpass expected levels of personal and educational growth.
  • Provided a safe, caring, & developmentally appropriate classroom, combined with targeted lessons & engaging materials.
  • Laid off due to economic down-turn.
Jun 2006Jul 2006

Student Teaching

Baldwin-Wallace College

Summer Practicum student teaching experience, Mild/Moderate Educational Needs, Grades 2 - 3.

  • Provided extended school year instruction to students with diverse needs & abilities.
  • Utilized various instructional strategies, including balanced literacy, Orton-Gillingham Method, Integrative Learning Model, & Multiple Intelligences Theory to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, science, & social skills.
  • Utilized various children’s books, original & secondary source materials, photographs, games, & worksheets purchased & self-made to promote interest, clarity, & understanding.
Aug 2001Jun 2004

Substitute Teacher

Maple Heights City School District
  • Oversaw the functioning of the classroom in absence of the regular teacher.
  • Worked in all grade levels (K-12) & subjects. 
Jan 2003May 2003

Student Teaching Experience

Baldwin-Wallace College

Midview High School, Midview Local Schools, Grafton, OH, Grades 10 – 12.

North Ridgeville Middle & High School, North Ridgeville City Schools, North Ridgeville, OH, Grades 6 – 12.

  • Taught painting, sculpture, colored pencil & pastel drawing, perspective, stained glass, ceramics, & printmaking.
Jan 2003May 2003

Student Teaching Experience

Baldwin-Wallace College

Midview High School, Midview Local Schools, Grafton, OH, Grades 10 – 12.

North Ridgeville Middle & High School, North Ridgeville City Schools, North Ridgeville, OH, Grades 6 – 12.

  • Taught painting, sculpture, colored pencil & pastel drawing, perspective, stained glass, ceramics, & printmaking.

Professional Development

  • February 2013: Basic Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Cleveland, OH.
  • Fall 2012: Language and Literacy (ECED 1301), Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, Warrensville, OH.
  • June 2012: 10th Annual Milestones Organization Autism Conference, Milestones Organization, Cleveland, OH.
  • October 2010: National Autism Committee Conference, AUTCOM, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Summer 2009: Child Growth and Development (PSY 2010), Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus, Parma, OH.
  • January 2009: 16th Annual CARD Conference, Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • January 2008: Childhood Developmental Disorders, Summit Professional Education, Orlando, FL.
  • December 2007: Augmentative/Alternative Communication & Autism, ATEN 3 & St. Lucie County Schools, Fort Pierce, FL.
  • June 2007: 5th Annual Milestones Organization Autism Conference, Milestones Organization, Cleveland, OH.
  • June 2007: Young Children with Intensive Needs (EDUC 598), Muskingum College, New Concord, OH.
  • Spring 2006: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECED 1010), Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus, Parma, OH.

Professional Organizations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Council for Exceptional Children

Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps)

Lions Club of Bradford, Ohio

Kiwanis Club of Berea, Ohio

Interest

Extracurricular Activities

Hobbies:

  • Cooking -- trying new recipes, & developing my own. 
  • Creating my own art -- drawing, painting, printmaking, & mixed-media. 

  • Gardening.
  • Reading -- a good book, a good drink, and a quiet place outside. 
  • Traveling -- especially visiting museums & art galleries

Gallery Showings

  • February 2005, Green Hill Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, Annual Guilford County Teachers’ Exhibit, Group Show.

  • September 2005, The Pop Shop, Lakewood, Ohio, the Catch All Show, Group Show.

  • October 2005, The Pop Shop, Lakewood, Ohio, Sugar Coated Show (first annual Halloween show), Group Show.

Travel:

  • Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, & Tempe, Arizona

  • Washington, DC

  • Newark & Wilmington, Delaware

  • Anna Maria Island, Cocoa Beach, Everglades National Park, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Hollywood, Key West, Madeira Beach, Miami, Okeechobee, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Stuart, & Tampa, Florida

  • Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Metairie, New Orleans, & Westwego, Louisiana

  • Cherokee, Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh, Wilmington, & Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Danville & St. Johnsbury, Vermont

  • Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Toronto & Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Additional Interests:

  • Cultural Studies, Philosophy, & Psychology (researching & studying creativity and genius).

 

Reading List

Recent Books:

  • "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56", by Rafe Esquith

  • "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," by Karen Armstrong

  • "What Does it Mean to Be Human?: Reverence for Life Reaffirmed by Responses from Around the World," by Frederick Franck

  • "The Growth of the Mind: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence," by Stanley I. Greenspan & Beryl Lieff Benderly

Magazine Subscriptions:

  • ASCD’s Educational Leadership
  • EatingWell
  • Scientific American 

Online Newsletters:

  • ADDitude Magazine
  • ASCD SmartBrief
  • Asperger Experts
  • CEC SmartBrief
  • Disability Scoop
  • Ed Weekly Update
  • Edudemic
  • Edutopia
  • Ohio Ed Updates
  • Tools For Teachers (Ohio Department of Education)
  • Wrights Law: Special Ed Advocate

Goals

Professional Development:

  • To complete the steps necessary to be considered HQT in all general curriculum areas.

Teaching Objectives:

  • I wish to provide the students of upcoming generations with a positive, personable, & caring role model that will always have time to help, listen, & guide them, enabling them to grow & succeed to their fullest potential.

 Long Range:

  • To dedicate the next 10 to 20 years of my life to educating all young students with special educational needs, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, & socioeconomic level. When my students are my age I want them to be able to look back & remember at least one teacher that truly cared.

  • Continue to create my own art.