Maria Larragán

Learning Specialist and Psychologist

Summary

Skillful and dedicated learning specialist and mental health professional successful in providing individualized services and implementing learning plans for children and adolescents with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other general learning disabilities; specialized in multi-cultural populations. Respectable knowledge of learning difficulties, mental health disorders, and additional language learning. Caring professional with expertise in creating and implementing individualized learning plans, teaching English as an additional language, and directing small teams in both afore-mentioned fields. Validated success working with students from diverse populations in one-on-one and group settings. Efficient communicator and coordinator with intrinsic ability to manage several types of personalities, maintain good professional relationships, work under pressure in self-supervised tasks, proactively resolve issues and achieve challenging goals. Exemplary organizational skills as proven by a successful coordination of two departments. Bilingual in English and Spanish with working knowledge of French and basic Mandarin.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2014 - Present

Learning Support Specialist

International School of Paris
  • Prepare and teach individualized pull-out lessons for children with mild learning difficulties
  • Provide in-class support for children with mild learning difficulties
  • Collaborate in the creation of Individualized Learning Plans with class teachers, outside specialists, parents and the school’s Well-Being Vice-Principal
Aug 2013 - Present

Primary School Student Services Coordinator

International School of Paris
  • Coordinate the English Additional Language and Learning Support departments in Primary School
  • Help create and implement policies, protocols, and documents
  • Collaboration with teachers, learning support specialists and administrators to oversee the adequate development of EAL and Learning Support cases, which are tracked in ILP’s and/or EAL language continuums.
Nov 2012 - Jun 2014

English Additional Language Teacher

International School of Paris

I prepared and taught customized EAL classes for students in Primary School, which allowed them to access the school’s PYP curriculum at their language proficiency level.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2009

Elementary Learning Specialist

BLue Valley School of Costa Rica
  • Coordinated activities for the Student Services Department
  • Worked closely with teachers, parents, students, and administration on helping children succeed in their academic curriculum
  • Taught the Peers Together course for children from Preparatory to 2nd grade
  • Coordinated the Elementary community service projects
Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

Reading and ESL Teacher

Franz Liszt School
  • Taught children in Second, Third, and Fourth grade the Scott Foresman Reading Program and the Backpack ESL program.
Jan 2008 - Apr 2008

Interim College Professor for an Educational Psychology Course

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)
  • Taught a course for the bachelor’s degree level, in which I gave four-hour conference lessons once a week
  • Prepared my students in fieldwork, had them write APA (American Psychological Association) guided research papers, and prepared tests for them based on the material seen in class.
Aug 2005 - Dec 2007

Learning Support Teacher

American International School of Costa Rica
  • Part of the Learning Support Program department
  • Created individualized educational plans (IEP’s) for students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Developmental Syndromes, and emotional issues in Elementary and High School.
  • Supervised that the curricular accommodations recommended for each child were implemented in the classroom and during assessments.
  • Worked with students in the areas of academic support, dyslexia remediation, and study/organizational skills development
  • Guided teachers and parents in areas mentioned above
  • Compiled information to request curricular accommodations for the Costa Rican formal national assessments (e.g. Costa Rican Baccalaureate).
Feb 2005 - May 2005

English Teacher

Centro de Educación Integral Itzkazu
  • Taught English as a second language to Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students
  • Constructed the program based upon the curriculum provided by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education (“Ministerio de Educación Pública para Tercer Ciclo”), adding my own teaching techniques.
  • Adapted the methodology to the school’s philosophy and monthly themes
Aug 2003 - Jun 2004

Assistant to School Counselors

Country Day School
  • Taught a weekly class of the General Psychology course and Sociology
  • Assisted the Middle School counselor teaching the 6th grade Life Skills course
  • Assisted the High School counselor with the admissions process and testing for High School
  • Taught a 9th grade Life Skills course once a week
  • Organized a Costa Rican university fair on-campus
  • Assisted in counseling opportunities as well as in duties for the Ministry of Education
  • Directed the Teens Together social service project for interested High School students
Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Teaching Assistant for an Adolescent Psychology course

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)
  • Assisted the tenured professor of this course by complementing some of the lectures with the acquired knowledge from former and present psychology material used in the media
  • Helped organize the reading material for the course
  • Constructed and graded tests and quizzes
  • Gave a student perspective on issues addressed in the course
  • Aided students in brainstorming for projects
  • Maintained an up-dated source of information on adolescent psychology issues

Education

Education
2004 - 2005

License in Psychology, Cum Laude

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)

San José, Costa Rica

2005 - 2005

Candidate to M.Psc. in Educational Psychology

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)

San José, Costa Rica

2001 - 2004

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Suma Cum Laude

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)

San José, Costa Rica

Aug 2000 - Dec 2000

Freshman Psychology Major

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, California, USA

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016

Certificate of Attendance: Move to Learn Training Seminar

Move to Learn

Paris, France

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015

Certificate of Completion: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Children: Perspectives from Neuropsychology, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language

Sharing Professional Resources, Ideas and New Techniques (S.P.R.I.N.T.) / C:IMPACT

Paris, France

Feb 2014 - Feb 2014

Certificate of Attendance: Bilingual and Multilingual Teaching and Learning

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Brussels, Belgium

Sep 2013 - Sep 2013

Certificate of Attendance: Embracing Challenges in Learning

ECIL

Saint Germain-en-Laye, France

May 2007 - May 2007

Certificate of Participation: World Conference for Education, Stimulation and Child Development

AAMEE-OMEDI)/ Ministerio de Educación Pública de Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

May 2006 - Jun 2006

Certified in Teaching English as a Second Oral Language

TEFL Paris

Paris, France

Nov 2005 - Nov 2005

Certificate of Participation: Professional Ethics Seminar

Colegio Profesional de Psicólogos de Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

Nov 2004 - Nov 2004

Certificate of Participation: Educational Psychology

Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)

San José, Costa Rica