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Jun 2014Present

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

State of Arizona
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor State of Arizona, Department of Economic Security Phoenix, Arizona Evaluated work skills and capacities; assisted clients in identifying vocational problems and formulating vocational plans. Administered and arranged for administration of vocational aptitude and interest tests; interpreted tests to clients. Solicited jobs from local employers; researched data on labor market and local demand conditions. Counseled and assisted clients with personal adjustments during the rehabilitation process; measured progress and adjusted program as needed.
Sep 2011Present

Coach and Advocate

Deaf Coaching and Advocacy Services

Provide coaching and advocacy services such as Career Planning and Development •Academic Planning, Skills, Tutoring •Relationships and Intimacy •Stress Management and Balance •Spirituality and Personal Growth •Motivation and Time Management •Finances and Budgeting •Health, Aging, Lifestyle, Self-Care •Family and Parenting •And much more

Associate Faculty

University of Phoenix

Educated students about issues of race and ethnicity by presenting historical and modern perspectives on diversity in the United States

Provided tools necessary to promote a respectful and inclusive society

Coordinated several activities to examine their own values in relation to the values of various other racial and ethnic communities

English Teacher (Long Term Substitute)

Sequoia Choice Education

Created lesson plans, structured assignments, individualized study materials; administered, and graded completed tests. Identified students' strengths/weaknesses and accommodated to their learning abilities utilizing various teaching methods Maintained classroom order through classroom management techniques and positive reinforcement Conducted parent-teacher conferences and counseled students with academic and adjustment issues

Social Director

East Valley Association for the Deaf

Promoted and organized events for fundraising and public relations

Participated in board meetings and presented ideas to expand services

Responsible for meeting minutes and community relations

Jun 2009Present

Associate Faculty

University of Phoenix
Associate Faculty ETH 125: Cultural Diversity, Phoenix, Arizona Educated students about issues of race and ethnicity by presenting historical and modern perspectives on diversity in the United States Provided tools necessary to promote a respectful and inclusive society Coordinated several activities to examine their own values in relation to the values of various other racial and ethnic communities Facilitate online discussions with students
Aug 2003Present

Associate Faculty and Academic Counselor

CDV
Associate Faculty and Academic Counselor M.A. Intern PSY 106 Practical Psychology, PSY 107 Humanistic Psychology, CDV 110 Career Development William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois Prepared course objectives and outlined course of study following curriculum guidelines Incorporated various teaching techniques to adapt to students' needs Lectured, demonstrated and utilized multimedia teaching aids subject matter Counseled students when adjustment and academic problems arose Resolved problems and made referrals with students in academic and non-academic deficiencies Counseled students to use prevention methods to promote healthy living
20092011

Volunteer Advocate

US Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights

Advocated for Deaf students' civil rights by collaborating with US Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights- to ensure quality and safety within the school bus/transportation. Issues include quality bus supervision, air conditioning system, and sexual harassment prevention.

Jan 2008Dec 2010

Social Director

University of Phoenix
Social Director East Valley Association for the Deaf, Gilbert, Arizona Promoted and organized events for fundraising and public relations Participated in board meetings and presented ideas to expand services Responsible for meeting minutes and community relations
Nov 2007May 2008

English Instructor

Sequoia Charter Schools
English Instructor, Mesa, Arizona Created lesson plans, structured assignments, individualized study materials; administered, and graded completed tests. Identified students' strengths/weaknesses and accommodated to their learning abilities utilizing various teaching methods Conducted parent-teacher conferences and counseled students with academic and adjustment issues
Aug 2006Sep 2007

Domestic Violence Counselor

Sarah's Inn
Domestic Violence Counselor Freedom from Domestic Violence, Chicago, Illinois
Aug 2003May 2007

Associate Faculty and Counselor Intern

Harper College

PSY 106- Practical Psychology Presented a practical application of the psychological principles that lead to efficiency of learning, adjustment, motivation, communication and attitudes in everyday life and classroom situations. Helped students develop and maintain effective study skills such as note taking, test taking, and time management. PSY 107- Humanistic Psychology Focused on various aspects of human behavior and personality. Presented and discussed several theories of psychosocial adjustment. Helped students examine their values, attitudes, experiences, strengths, weaknesses and interpersonal skills and how these affect themselves and others. Topics include self-esteem, relationships, substance abuse, and mental and sexual health. CDV 110- Career Development Provided students the opportunity to explore career interests, experiences, skills, abilities, and work related values. Helped students to examine information about the world of work including the nature of various careers, labor market trends, job search strategies, education and training requirements, and diversity in the workplace. Integrated information with students to develop their educational and career goals. Prepared course objectives and outlined course of study following curriculum guidelines Incorporated various teaching techniques to adapt to students' needs Lectured, demonstrated and utilized multimedia teaching aids to present subject matter Counseled students when adjustment and academic problems arose Resolved problems and made referrals with students in academic and non-academic deficiencies Counseled students to use prevention methods to promote healthy living

20062007

Deaf Services Professional

Sarah’s Inn-Freedom from Domestic Violence

Provided support, counseling and education to deaf survivors of domestic violence Assisted victims in obtaining referrals and accessing legal rights/options under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act Created awareness within Sarah's Inn of unique barriers of deaf victims and educated colleagues of deaf culture Developed and distributed brochures in community outreach projects within the deaf culture

Mar 2002Feb 2003

Substance Abuse Counselor

Anixter Center
Substance Abuse Counselor, Chicago, Illinois Evaluated and counseled clients with psychosocial issues and advocated on their behalf Conducted group sessions on several topics relating to lifestyle choices and healthy relationships Formulated treatment plans and modify them to comply with changes in clients' status and monitored clients' progress Intervened as advocate for client to resolve issues in crisis situations
20012003

Substance Abuse Counselor

Anixter Center- Addiction Recovery of the Deaf

Evaluated and counseled clients with psychosocial issues and advocated on their behalf Conducted group sessions on several topics relating to lifestyle choices and healthy relationships Formulated treatment plans and modify them to comply with changes in clients' status and monitored clients' progress Intervened as advocate for client to resolve issues in crisis situations

Jan 2001Dec 2001

Administrative Assistant

Midwest Center Law for the Deaf
Administrative Assistant B.A. Intern, Chicago, Illinois Assisted clients with accessing community and legal resources Educated clients of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 legislation and their legal rights Worked with various community organizations to help provide legal services to low income clients Gained valuable working knowledge of the court procedures.
Sep 2000May 2001

Program Assistant/Intern

Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf

Assisted deaf and hard of hearing clients with accessing community and legal resources Educated clients of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 legislation and their legal rights Worked with various community organizations to help provide legal services to low income clients

Education

2004

M.A

School of Professional Psychology Argosy University
2001

B.A

Benedictine University

Summary

  • Several years of experience providing academic, educational, counseling and support within the deaf and hard of hearing community
  • Ability to work effectively under minimal supervision
  • Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional
  • Skilled at organizing, simplifying and presenting complex materials
  • Knowledgeable of ADA legislation and legal rights for individuals

Interest

CoachingAdvocacyCareer CounselingCounselingAcademicDisability ServicesLegal IssuesTeaching EnglishUniversity TeachingFaculty DevelopmentStudent ServicesComputer LiterateWebsite BuildingPsychological AssessmentSubstance Abuse CounselingAddiction RecoveryDomestic ViolenceCareer ExplorationPersonal DevelopmentGroup DynamicsWorkshop DevelopmentTraining DeliveryCultural DiversityCultural AwarenessCultural DifferencesClassroom ManagementHigher EducationAdult EducationSecondary Education

American Sign LanguageResume WritingSocial NetworkingSociologyAssessmentVideo ConferencingPhoto EditingNegotiationDispute ResolutionChildren's RightsChild AbuseAmericans with Disabilities ActJob Search StrategiesStress ManagementSpeed ReadingLibrary ResearchInternet ResearchSmartphonesTroubleshootingEmail