To me being an educator means being responsible for the academic growth and development of all students regardless of the student's gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. My role as a special education teacher is to ensure students are receiving an equal education which includes assisting with their educational accommodations and modifications. To be an effective teacher, I will adapt my lesson plans to better serve the needs of the students. In addition, I plan to work closely with other colleagues to collaborate on effective teaching strategies and professional development. When students are given the correct tools, they are able to achieve great things.
As an educator, I am a role model for the community and our students, therefore, this means we need to conduct ourselves in a professional manner in both our words and deeds. This can be displayed in several ways. It is our responsibility as educators to be timely, well-prepared, and to treat the students with equality. In addition, my appearance will be professional and school appropriate, and my classroom environment will give off a sense of warmth and safety. Lastly, classroom expectations are reinforced to establish a sense of understanding and consistency within the classroom.
Reflecting back on the self-assessment, it made reconnect with my purpose as an educator and made me think of what qualities does an effective teacher have within them. Looking back to when I started my journey, a lot has changed yet my love for teaching as steadily increased. I also feel that students regardless of their exceptionalities can learn. When we unlock the tools that make them successful, it is when we can see them shine and achieve greatness. While working in my practicum, I feel it has given me the confidence to find my voice as a teacher. Working with a wide range of students, I have been able to develop tools and strategies to work with diverse students. This includes students with Asperger's, cognitive impairments, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities and deaf and hard of hearing students. I feel as though I have been able to differentiate lesson plans for students with exceptionalities and help to provide appropriate accommodations for these students and general education teachers.
Moving on to the next part of my teaching journey, I hope to build and maintain healthy, insightful, and positive relationships. I want to make a difference in student’s lives and be the teacher that made an impact in their lives. I feel with my passion for teaching and working with students this is something I can achieve with great success.
Outgoing and hardworking employee seeking to bring my experience to an organization. I have eleven years of experience working directly with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students within the educational setting. I’ve worked with a diverse population of students, parents, faculty and support team members. With my experience and ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships, I feel this makes me a strong candidate for your position.
Student Teaching Experience
CLARKSTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, CLARKSTON, MI
SASHABAW MIDDLE SCHOOL, 08/2018 to 11/2018
Student teacher at Clarkston Community Schools in a Secondary LRC classroom. Students in the program were presented primarily with learning disabilities and other health impairments. Worked with mentor teacher in four resource rooms: Two Study Support, Literacy Support and Math Support. In addition, worked with mentor teacher and general education seventh grade math teacher in co-taught classroom with LD and OHI students.
Co-taught in seventh grade math class
Prepared accommodated math assignments and assessments
Differentiated instructions to students based upon individuals needs and learning abilities
Delivered whole class instruction
Develop and implemented math support lessons which included integers, rational numbers, combining like term, one step equations and two step equations
Develop and implemented literacy support utilizing two different programs:
Words Their Way
Led instruction and was responsible for behavior management in resource rooms
Completed IEP work including assisting to develop IEP Goals, Objectives, and Progress Monitoring
Administered, scored, and monitored Curriculum-Based Measurement for writing
Administered, scored, and monitored Delta Math Screeners
Assisting with IEP meeting with parent and support team
Integrated and used assistive technology in the classroom for students with a variety of needs
LAKEVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER, 03/2007 to 06/2018
Sign language interpreter at Lakeview Public Schools in a Secondary Program. Worked directly with students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, caseload teachers, special education teacher, and general education teachers. These responsibilities included supporting IEP goals for the students, participating as a member in the IEP process, modifying language, and utilizing scaffolding techniques to ensure comprehension. In addition, I have experience in the elementary and middle school setting working in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program as a sign language interpreter at Dort Elementary School and Roseville Middle School.
My responsibilities included:
Responsible for helping support students’ IEP goals
Work closely with school support team to assist the student in a variety of classrooms
Implement scaffolding techniques by providing the appropriate vocabulary, definitions, and background information
To expand on previously learned concepts and clarify new concepts and terminology
Help to reinforce classroom objectives and foster independent cognitive development
Facilitate and support participation and social communication
Monitor student comprehension and check for understanding
Work effectively in a team environment in a variety of settings: one-on-one, small group, and whole class. These classes and extracurricular activities include the following areas:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
World History, U.S. History, and Government/Economics
Language Arts (9th-12th grade)
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B
Life Skills, Human Relations, Independent Living, Child Development, Health, Personal Fitness, Three-Dimensional Art, Basic and Advanced Painting
Graduation Commencements, IEP meetings, Faculty meetings, ACT/SAT Testing, NWEA Testing, and Staffings
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, CLARKSTON, MI
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER, 03/2007 to 06/2018
Eleven years of experience in a variety of settings within the interpreting field. These settings include: post secondary education, medical and mental health settings , legal interpreting, and Video Relay (VRS). All of which include providing effective and accurate interpreting of American Sign Language and English. This requires a high level of communication skills in both English and a American sign language as well as the use of some specialized vocabulary.
Madonna University - 05/2010
Bachelor of Arts (Sign Language Studies - Concentration: Interpreting)
Grand Canyon University
Anticipated Masters of Arts in Special Education (Dec. 2018)
Anticipated Certified Area: Learning Disabilities
Current GPA 3.5
Interpreting Certifications and Endorsements
National Interpreting Certification (NIC)
Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI II)
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment - Elementary Endorsement - 4.6/5.0
Interpreting Medical Endorsement
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)