My name is Gladys, and I hold a Bachelor's degree and diploma in special needs education. I am a Special education teacher with interest in training, coaching, rehabilitation and care for learners with physical disabilities. I have teaching experience of more than 23 years and direct participation in community development. I started my work as a teacher in May 1987. Since then, I have taught in different schools and nurtured children from varied backgrounds (urban and rural). I have also handled pupils of diverse conditions that range from mild, moderate, severe to profound disabilities. This experience has helped me blossom into a well-rounded, caring and compassionate individual, who understands each child's unique goals, needs and feelings. While developing my lesson plans, I make them more effective and child–oriented, and as much as possible include activities to accommodate all respective learning needs for physical disabilities, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism conditions and learning challenges. My experience as a teacher has also enabled me to meet with different parents and advise them on how to work together to shape up society and create progressive communities that tackle issues of disease (malaria, polio, HIV/Aids etc.), poverty and illiteracy. I have also been able to support campaigns to promote girl-child education and women empowerment. In my current schools, through the Salvation Army programs, I have since May, 2005 introduced livelihood projects that are child-centered and aimed at reaching the community. I have a lot of experience in tutoring students at elementary level up to middle level. The graduates who have passed through my educational services bear me witness because they are spread globally.
I am a trained graduate teacher with a caring character that enables me to step out to meet the needs of my learners. I am also a good listener who attends to individual expectations and interests of my students. This enables me to work with my learners to find solutions that address their challenges. I communicate effectively and this makes it possible to impart knowledge to my learners with ease. In society I am a team player who derives pleasure in making things happen while respecting the opinion of my colleagues. For this reason, I am able to support the school management, parents and children to work together in resolving issues that demand a concerted effort. I am hard-working, result-oriented, and always make sure that every expectation is met in my work as a teacher and within my community. I therefore strive to accomplish tasks assigned to me in a timely manner. This contributes to completion of teaching targets and lessons that lead to improved academic performance in the subjects I am allocated. With better performance in school, I have been able to earn merit awards and respect from my colleagues and parents. I am good at following thoroughly on issues and collecting required facts to support any information I present. This has made me work well in my research and also enabled me to monitor the performance of my students.
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