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Career Highlights

  • Fifteen years as an educator combined with seventeen years in coaching.
  • Designed curriculum and lesson plans driven by data derived from formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilized web based programs for management of student records and creating student driven education plans.
  • Researched and established best practices for student instruction and transition planning to meet compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and No Child Left Behind.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the areas of program development, implementation of new curriculum and instructional strategies that produced higher outcomes in student learning and athletic performance.
  • Maintained program budgets in a cost effective manner by increasing fundraising activities or monetary donations, and  evaluating program needs and utilizing available resources.
  • Advised students from diverse backgrounds and disabilities as case manager to develop and implement an Individual Education and Transition Plans that would meet their needs for current and post-secondary education and career activities.
  • Implemented Department of Public of Instruction benchmarks as a tool to determine student mastery of taught skills.
  • Facilitated meetings with students, parents, school staff, and other key stakeholders to communicate progress and development or revisions to the Individual Education Plan to effectively meet planned outcomes.
  • Led a collaborative effort to implement a new transition and job skills program in the School District of Janesville for students with disabilities in grades 6-12.
  • Actively recruited and led students students to participate in the Live United Club and track and field team and was effective in persuading members to achieve desired individual and group outcomes.
  • Tripled door prize donations and fundraising revenues in 2011 from the previous year for the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association.
  • Organized a variety of fundraising events within the school setting to benefit local non-profits and disaster relief such as the Echo Food Pantry, Heavenly Hats, electronics recycling as part of Earth Week activities, and tornado disaster relief.

Core Competencies

                Case Management
                Event Planning
                                Program Development
                                Problem Solver
                                Conflict Resolution
                       Customer Service
                       Research and Analysis
                       Data Collection
                       Microsoft Office
                       Google Docs

Work experience

Jan 2013Aug 2015

Special Education Teacher, Asst. Track Coach

Janesville Craig High School 
  • Scheduled quarterly and/or annual meetings with parents and guardians of students to discuss student progress and plan development for academics and behaviors.
  • Established best practices for student instruction and transition planning to meet compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and No Child Left Behind.
  • Analyzed quarterly student test data to determine areas of deficit, create student goals for improvement, and provide adjustments in instruction that led to positive gains on the next assessment.
  • Developed lesson plans driven by data derived from formative and summative assessments that led to higher scores on future tests.
  • Advised parents and students on procedures and accommodations for the ACT test under the guidelines established by the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Monitored student health plans and medications in relation to students’ education plan while evaluating impact on academic progress.
  • Created Individual Education and Behavior Plans that integrated student health plans to ensure success within the school setting.
  • Consulted with school nurse and student’s medical providers or therapists to create or adjust individual education, behavior, or health plan.
  • Utilized a variety of methods to communicate student progress to team members (parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, probation agents, and medical providers) and adjusted students’ plans based on input as required.
  • Reviewed test scores and grades with students to develop goals for improvement.
  • Led a collaborative effort to implement a new curriculum for career exploration activities for students with disabilities.
  • Implemented a research-based training plan for athletes resulting in the development of state track and field qualifiers.
Aug 2012Jan 2013

Academic Instructor

Community Action, Inc. 
  • Assisted the Program Coordinator during interview and intake process to create academic and behavioral goals for students selected for the program.
  • Submitted weekly and quarterly progress reports to program manager and school district officials.
  • Met with students on a weekly basis to discuss progress in the program and establish goals for the following week.
  • Coordinated educational and transition activities for credit deficient students that worked to earn a high school diploma.
  • Measured student progress through charting of student attendance, punctuality, behaviors, and academic progress.
Oct 2007Dec 2011

Special Education Teacher/Substitute Teacher; Head Track and Cross Country Coach

Green Bay Area Public Schools 
  • Case Managed academic and transition activities for students identified as having a learning or behavior disorder.
  • Collected quarterly data to measure student progress during the initial implementation of a collaborative learning model that was for student instruction.
  • Facilitated meetings with students, parents, school staff, and other key stakeholders connected to the students on my caseload to develop and monitor individual education plans.
  • Consulted with school counselors to assist students in creating academic schedules in relation to the student’s individual education and transition activities.
  • Created opportunities for students to increase their participation in transition activities through instruction, field trips, guest speakers, completing job applications, college visits, and placement in the work experience program.
  • Performed administrative duties as Head Track and Cross Country Coach involving hiring of staff, budget and equipment management, fundraising, communication with local media, website management, and working with school administration to schedule practices, meets, and busing.
Aug 2006Jun 2007

High School EBD/ Alternative Ed Teacher

Kaukauna High School 
  • Facilitated parent-teacher meetings to create Individual Education Plans for students that I case managed.
  • Researched classes within the school setting to determine scheduling needs for students on my caseload as it related to their post-secondary plans.
  • Decreased bullying in the school setting by serving on the Anti-Bullying Committee and utilizing the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program.
  • Monitored student academic progress and behaviors as part of case management responsibilities for Special Education and Alternative Education students.
Aug 2005Jun 2006

High School EBD Teacher

De Pere High School 
  • Led a collaborative effort to develop an alternative educational model for students with behavior disorders that focused on improving behaviors, social skills, and academic performance through daily instruction and goal setting.
  • Created a daily behavior tracking program for students in the Alternative Emotional/Behavior Disorder program that would be used to determine readiness for reintegration back into mainstream classes.
  • Improved social skills for selected male students through the implementation of a lunch group that met on a weekly basis.
  • Reduced time for staff to complete Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans through the creation of a template for staff to use on a shared network drive.
Aug 2004Aug 2005

Education Coordinator

Green Bay Day Treatment
  • Collaborated with the behavioral health team to integrate health, treatment, and individual education plans of students in the day treatment program.
  • Consulted with program psychiatrist, social worker, and counselors to review student progress and make adjustments to treatment plan and goals as necessary to ensure positive progress is being made by students.
  • Charted data on student academic performance and behaviors for the creation of weekly progress reports.
  • Improved student behaviors through direct instruction for conflict resolution, anger management, and social skills.
  • Taught and reinforced positive behaviors to students in order to achieve the desired outcomes of student’s comprehensive treatment plan.


Sep 1999Aug 2003

Master of Science Degree in Education

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Sep 1990May 1994

Bachelor of  Science in History

University of  Wisconsin-Stevens Point 

Volunteer Activities

  • Wisconsin Track Coaches Association: Member, Door Prize Chairperson
  • Member of the National Eagle Scout Association
  • Salvation Army of Janesville


  • 2015- Received recognition by the Salvation Army of Janesville for leading the Craig High School Live United Club (Advisor) in raising the tenth highest total collected during the 2014 Christmas Red Kettle campaign
  • 2014- Earned individual recognition from the School District of Janesville for leading efforts in raising over $3100 in a two week period for the district’s Bags of Hope campaign.
  • July 1998- Employee of the Month, Nike Outlet Store at Johnson Creek Outlets.
  • July 1988- Rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America.