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 2014-15 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

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.

Certifications

Certifications
Jul 2013 - Jun 2015

Ohio Teacher License

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

Education

Education
Jan 2010 - May 2011

ISMI Licensure

Ashland University

Licensure coursework in Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs, 3.88 GPA

Jun 2000 - May 2003

MAed

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 1991 - Jun 1998

BA

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 History

Work History
Aug 2012 - Present

Substitute Teacher

North Coast Share Services Alliance

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2006 – present, Berea City School District, Berea, OH
  • 2009 – present, Garfield Heights City School District, Garfield Heights, OH
  • 2010 – present, Orange City School District, Pepper Pike, OH
  • 2012 – present, Lorain County Educational Service Center, Lorain, OH
  • 2012 – present, Parma City School District, Parma, OH
  • 2012 – present, Rocky River City School District, Rocky River, OH
  • 2012 – present, Fairview Park City School District, Fairview Park, OH
  • 2012 – present, South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District, Lyndhurst, OH
  • 2012 – present, Shaker Heights City Schools, Shaker Heights, OH
  • 2014 – present, Bay Village City School District, Bay Village, OH
  • 2014 – present, 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 2012 - Present

Substitute Teacher

Rachel Wixey & Associates

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2009 – present, Geauga County Educational Service Center, Chardon, OH
  • 2009 – present, 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 2009 - Present

Substitute Teacher

Renhill Group

Manages substitute teachers for:

  • 2009 – present, Bedford City School District, Bedford, OH
  • 2009 – present, Olmsted Falls City School District, Olmsted Falls, OH
  • 2012 – present Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District, Brecksville, OH
  • 2012 – present, 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 1913 - Jun 1914

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 2013 - Jun 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 2003 - Jun 1913

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 2011 - May 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 2001 - Jun 2011

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 2007 - Jun 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 2006 - Jul 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.
Sep 2004 - May 2005

Art Educator, Elementary

Jamestown Elementary, Guilford County School District, Greensboro, NC
  • Provided art instruction to all K-5 students – taught various art media & skills, art history & appreciation; & applicable aspects of math, social studies, reading, & science.
  • Left position due to low pay, $24,00 a year salary. 
Aug 2001 - Jun 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 2003 - May 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.