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Sep 2003Present

Special Education Teacher-Cross Categorical

School District of the City of Highland Park

Barber Elementary / Middle School: Highland Park, MI (Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2010)

Position:Dec. 2003-June 2005 Permanent Sub. self-contained classroom

Aug. 2006 – Jan. 29, 2010 Certified Sp. Ed Teacher

Population: Grades 2 to 8 (Cross Categorical)

Duties:create and implement lesson plans (Lorraine Monroe’s BBC) that accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities, and includes emphasis on multi-sensory strategies in Language Arts (reading, reading comprehension, written expression) and curricular integration; elected as a building representative to Hope Foundation’s “…Failure is Not an Option” 4-day seminar in Orlando, Fl; disaggregate, collect, and report data for “Ed Yes” and “Comprehensive Needs Assessments’ (CNA) for mandatory state reports; facilitate inclusion (brain-based teaching and learning strategies) workshops, seminars, and in-services that model, practice, and monitor progress of best-practices to support achievement of all students; committee member Focus Monitoring Inclusion Mandate that placed district in compliance with Federal IDEA; co-teach core subjects with general education teachers; schedule, organize, and facilitate committees to discuss updates in best practices and procedures that provide support, while implementing new instructional methods for inclusion; benchmark with district educators and network with community leaders to brainstorm innovative ways to improve relationships and achievement within school community; conduct parent workshops to extend support for family and personal needs; represent district at Detroit Parent Network; mentor new teachers; develop behavioral and instructional strategies that proved effective in reduction of negative behavior; prepare, organize and participate in IEP and MET meetings; created student IEPs; administer district (Brigance Pre and Post-Placement) and state-wide assessments (MEAP, MI-ACCESS, IOWA); create and maintain records on Zangle, an application allowing access to various aspects of student information; chaired Teaching and Learning component of the School Improvement Plan (SIP); assist with district’s curriculum mapping, and alignment of IEP Goals and Objectives with Michigan’s GLCE’s’; conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences; facilitate Conflict Resolution sessions between students in the school community.

Aug 1999Jul 2003

Homeroom Teacher

Cornerstone Schools

Cornerstone Schools: Detroit, MI (June 1999-July 2003)

Grade 3 Position:Homeroom Teacherin a self-contained classroom

Advanced Kindergarten(1999-2000)

Grade 3(2000-2003) 

Duties:create and implement lesson plans for core subjects, utilizing cross-curricularand integration

 and multiple intelligences format; develop and organize curriculum mappingand philosophies

mandated by ISAC’s pre-accreditation process; administer andevaluate informal reading

inventory tests; officiate as lead teacher andcreated and presented instructions for

computer technology,behaviormanagement, as well as curriculum integration; conducted

Social Studies and Science Fairs; implement concepts from the A Beka Curriculum, which

is specific for but not limited to phonics and reading instructions;

organize readinggroups based on skill levels; create poetry and speeches forvarious occasions,

specially commencementexercises; utilize professional expertise in medical technology

to expound on students’ knowledge of variousscientificconcepts;shadow Lutheran service’s

Special Education instructor to implement IEP objectives, accommodations, and modifications;

create a classroom homepageon the internetwhere parents and guardians had access to classroom

 assignments and announcements;students conducted research at theme-related links,

playedinteractive activities, and took concept-related quizzes. 


Jun 2005Aug 2006

Master of Education

Cambridge College

G.P.A. 3.9

Summa Cum Laude

Jan 1998May 2004

Bachelor of Science in Education

University of Detroit Mercy

Endorsement:  Learning Disabilities (SM) Cross-Categorical

G.P.A. 3.4

Magna Cum Laude

Dean's List

National Honor Society

Documents /Transcripts


Mrs. Carolyn White

 20 E. Bartlett St.

 Highland Park, MI48203

Mrs. Debra Bennett

30 E. Bartlett St.

 Highland Park, MI48203

SaTonya LaShore

45 E.Buena   Vista St.

Highland Park, MI,48203


inclusion / co -teaching
Teaching: Mentoring & Development
Working Knowledge of Michigan GLCEs
Workshop & Seminar Presentations
Education Reform / Restructuring
Technology Integration
Multidisciplinary / Individual Education Plans



Do you have enough effective educators?  I am seeking full-time employment in the field of special education as a coach to assist education reform or reconstruction, a compliance consultant, or teacher leader.  With over 12 years of teaching experience, I am a professional who is dedicated to the enhancment of the quality of humanity via the education of all learners.  Skilled in meeting the needs of a wide-range of skills and ability levels in the least restrictive environment, where accommodation is evident in the design and implementation of motivating and engaging hands-on best practices. This is demonstrated by implementing multi-sensory brain-based instructions, which enhance behavioral and academic outcomes.


§Provide clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene products for students in need (Oct. 1999- present)

§Conduct workshops that provided instructions for incorporating technology

§into standards-based thematic units for instruction, improving reading skills,

§Motivational Speaker, Songstress, Lyricist

§Volunteer Advocate, Women’s Justice Center (My Sister’s Place)

Jan. 1999-present

  • Tutor (Volunteer) ONGOING - ProLiteracy Detroit, Palms Bldg.** teach reading / reading comprehension / written expression to Adults

Related Skills

Computer experience with Windows Applications including Microsoft Vista Home and

Student, Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Power Point presentations,binding and

 collating documents, creating certificates, calendars, graphic

Mr organizers, business cards, fliers, banners, and spreadsheets; operate projectors and

d u document readers; basic web design (created / maintain web page on Teacher Web:


Jun 2005Jun 2011

Provisional Certificate #IF000000015102

Elementary: K-5 All Subj. (K-8 Self CC);LD (SM)