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Work experience

Brewablity Lab, LLC.

Jan 2016Present

Founder

I developed a training program for adults with developmental disabilities to learn to work in a brewery.

Douglas County School District

January 2015May 2017

Mild/Moderate Learning Specialist

  • Rebuilt an effective and collaborative moderate needs program
  • Evaluated balanced assessment data to implement and refine purposeful differentiated instruction
  • Integrated whole child learning to create safe, engaged, supported and challenging learning
  • Provided personalized and authentic learning opportunities to meet student needs
  • Integrated scaffolds and faded supports for executive functioning skills within the classroom
  • Initiated blended learning opportunities to enhance student learning with technology
Jan 2011Present

Founder

I created My Video Schedule, the world's first iOS app to combine Video Modeling with a schedule while providing reinforcement. 

HighPointe Day Program

Jul 2014Jul 2015

Enrichment Program Director

  • Coordinated schedules for approximately 120 adults with developmental disabilities
  • Managed, supervised, coached and evaluated staff
  • Attended and contributed at Service Plan meetings, SIS level meetings
  • Developed ISSPs according to the Service Plan
  • Obtained required training including QMAP (EBD and SLS waivers), Defensive Driving, CPR and First Aid, HIPAA, etc.
  • Structured volunteer and pre-employment supported community connection outings
  • Structured activities and educational lessons for a variety of clients during day program
  • Created and implemented age-appropriate behavior supports and tracking systems
  • Encouraged independent skills
  • Held meetings with clients, parents, host-homes, Enrichment staff, all staff, management, teachers, supported employment teams, etc.
  • Maintained and supported personal care needs such as menstrual care, toileting, transfers
  • Administered and recorded medication according to QMAP regulations
    •  Reference:  Patti Lyons, Vocational Expert     720-495-7692
May 2013Jun 2014

Autism Teacher

  • Developed and Held IEP and 3 year evaluation meetings in parent friendly language while adhering to timelines
  • Maintained a structured and consistent daily schedule using visuals, technology and routine
  • Set up a structured classroom with clearly defined and organized areas including large group, small group, one-on-one instructional areas as well as individual work stations and activity centers.
  • Motivated students with positive reinforcement
  • Analyzed data and planned engaging, targeted instructional activities accordingly
  • Managed a team of 5 Para Educators
  • Held Para Educator weekly meetings
    • Reference:  Jennifer Haile, Speech Pathologist    816-305-0984
Aug 2008May 2013

Special Educator: K-2 Autism

I currently teach K-1 students with autism at Banneker Elementary of the Kansas City Missouri School District.  Banneker has children of diverse backgrounds and are of primarily low socioeconomic status.  I have performed many duties within my teaching career which have included but are not limited to:

  • Utilized research based methods from the National Standards Project and the Watson Institute's autism classroom checklist consistently
  • Incorporated innovative technology including iPads for communication,scheduling and reinforcement of targeted skills
  • Held IEP meetings in parent friendly language while adhering to timelines
  • Maintained a structured and consistent daily schedule using visuals, technology and routine
  • Set up a structured classroom with clearly defined and organized areas including large group, small group, one-on-one instructional areas as well as individual work stations and activity centers.
  • Ordered top of the line sensory equipment and created a sensory room with an interactive choice board 
  • Motivated students with positive reinforcement
  • Analyzed data and planned engaging, targeted instructional activities accordingly
  • Collaborated with staff and para educators
  • Developed positive communication between guardians in multiple forms (email, phone, home visits
  • Actively involved in the Assistive Technology board
  • Led and attended in-district staff professional development
    • Reference:  Debbie McClain, Para-professional    816-213-3340
Aug 2006Jun 2008

Intern and Special Educator: 3rd and 4th grade LD and MR

I obtained the Kansas City Missouri Internship before I graduated from Northwest Missouri State.  The program only accepted 12 out of hundreds of applicants. My first teaching experience was quite challenging and I dove in head-first!

  • Created a teacher work sample and earned credit for student teaching
  • Co-taught a standards based reading curriculum in an inclusive environment
  • Attended Internship training and weekly meetings with my mentor
  • Planned engaging lessons with accommodations and modifications for diverse learners
  • Exercised classroom management techniques as I taught  multiple classes with as many as 40 children at one time
  • Remained flexible and professional during difficult situations
    • Reference: Deb Gates, program director   785-864-0701

    Education

    May 2009May 2011

    Masters of the Arts

    Special Education with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Colorado Professional Teaching License

    Expires 2/16/2021

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