Hello! I not quite sure where to start. I graduated from Texas A&M University in the fall of 2008 with a Bachelors of art in History. I love children and am a firm believer in the old cliche “Education is the key!” I enjoy watching minds as they absorb knowledge and cling to every little nugget of information fed. I am currently enrolled in graduate school leveling. I hope to be a Speech Pathologist within the next 3 years!
Upon my completion of my undergraduate coursework I obtained a job in College Station ISD as a paraprofessional in a classroom with young children with autism. While serving as a paraprofessional I gained many useful skills. I learned not only the art of multitasking, but my teamwork skills were greatly enhanced. In this position each adult present was allotted with the responsibility of working closely with two young children on the autism spectrum. In this classroom many ABA tactics were used to produce desired appropriate behaviors. Though I have never been formally trained in ABA therapy, because of my work experiences with autism, I find myself continually using ABA techniques. In my most recent position I served as in-class inclusion support for children with various learning disabilities in Dallas. During this time I worked one on one with children with learning delays, and equipped them with tools to accomplish basic elementary task such as simple arithmetic and reading.
I not only have hands on experience in special education, but general education training as well. I hold Educational Aide certification with the state of Texas and a Christian Educator certificate through a private agency. I am also currently enrolled in a Texas alternative teachers certification program.
I received the latter certification while serving on staff at a church in College Station as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. This position allowed me to broaden my minds horizons in many ways. I learned much need organizational skills, as well as patience and persistence. As Coordinator I was charged with the development of a church based curriculum plan, which allowed me to see education from a different point of view.
During the Summer of 2010 I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to teach in the the small Baltic country of Estonia, where I held the position of personal tutor for a relocated American family. In this position I created an entire summer school curriculum for the families two young children, one having been diagnosed with Autism. I created a custom plan based off of common childhood books, Green Eggs and Ham and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to name a few. Each week centered around a book and I created learning motor activities to coincide with each. During this time my main goals of school readiness and potty training of the families oldest child, were both obtained.
As you can see, I've been working with children for most my working life. Whatever your educational needs are I'm sure I could rise and meet them!
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