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Keegan H.

Colorado Springs, CO

$45/hour

Special Education tutor

In-person lessons

$45/Hour


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Texas Tech University
Psychology
Texas Tech University
MEd
Texas Tech University
Other

Education

Texas Tech University (Psychology)

Texas Tech University (MEd)

Texas Tech University (Other)

About Keegan

It wasn’t until May 13, 2012, that I discovered I wanted to go into the special education field. This is the date that my son, Emerson, was diagnosed with autism. I never thought once, that I wasn’t going to be the single best advocate for him. It is here that my journey began…
When I entered college in 2001, my passion was in psychology. I can recall for one of my classes, writing 9 pages front and back for a test in psychotherapy. I loved it! When graduation came around, I didn’t know what to do with that degree. I could continue to pursue a higher degree in psychology, but it was about this time I began substitute teaching in Lubbock Independent School District. Engaging with the elementary kids and seeing the excitement when they learned, made my next decision easy.

I entered the post-baccalaureate teaching program at Texas Tech and graduated with my teaching certification and my master’s in Elementary Education. I taught at Ramirez Charter School for the next 7 years as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, an ESL teacher, and then Student Support Team leader, which allowed myself to conducted meetings with parents to discuss the Response to Intervention process and how their child would benefit from the tiered system. During the last few years while teaching at RCS, I had my son and learned of his diagnosis. This was the beginning of Early Childhood Intervention, Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, Hippotherapy, and my autism certification at TTU. I was determined to provide Emerson with the best opportunities so that he could grow to his greatest potential.

I began my position as the Special Education teacher mid-school year in January 2015, and in March, I was picked to attend the Autism Training Lab for the district. I was trained in the ABBLS-R Protocol and how to create centers for individual students to support goal mastery. When I returned back to my school, I created a continuum room that incorporated the assessment piece, multiple centers for each student, different themes to keep students engaged and excited about learning, and started data collection on the important skills that needed immediate attention such as mands and aggressive behavior. I worked closely with the behavior specialist for our quadrant and became more confident in my decision making in relation to curriculum and program development. Within the last few months, providing programming with fidelity, my team has taken a student with over 60 aggressive behaviors a day to zero behaviors a day, and from 10 mands a day to over 250 mands a day. I am very excited to say that watching the students’ progress in the environment I created, makes me want to open more doors for others out there with special needs.


All subjects, Thinking Maps, Orton-Gillingham, IEP, RTI, SpEd, Crisis Prevention Intervention, ESL

Autism, Cognitive delays, Crisis Prevention Intervention, RTI, IEP

Therefore, with the integration of my psychology degree, teaching degree, autism certification, master’s in elementary education, and my love for my kiddo on the spectrum, I became a driven behaviorist and special education teacher.
It wasn’t until May 13, 2012, that I discovered I wanted to go into the special education field. This is the date that my son, Emerson, was diagnosed with autism. I never thought once, that I wasn’t going to be the single best advocate for him. It is here that my journey began…
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80903
In-person lessons
Special Needs:
Autism,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th)

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Autism

I graduated in 2014 with my autism certificate from Texas Tech University, after I received the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for my 19 month old son at the time. With my psychology degree, teaching cert, and now autism cert, I am able to use all of my credentials and passion with the student population that I hold dearly. I have created a continuum room that integrated ABLLS-R (The assessment of basic language and learning skills) that progresses our severe needs students towards their goals. I have successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative role-playing exercises. In addition, I have instructed students with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome. I am able to redirect students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS). I created strategies to meet the needs of mentally and physically disabled students, and communicated nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Elementary (K-6th)

I successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative role-playing exercises. I implemented reading and writing workshops to increase student literacy and support school reading programs. I also developed program to work with students and increase interest in higher learning. I improved student's analytical skills by introducing state-of-the-art Thinking Maps.
In addition, I developed and taught lessons on relevant children's books, poems, movies and themes to promote student interest.

Special Needs

I have created a continuum room that integrated ABLLS-R (The assessment of basic language and learning skills) that progresses our severe needs students towards their goals. I have successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative role-playing
exercises. In addition, I have instructed students with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome. I am able to redirect students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS). I created strategies to meet the needs of mentally and physically disabled students, and communicated nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Texas Tech University
Psychology
Texas Tech University
MEd
Texas Tech University
Other

Education

Texas Tech University (Psychology)

Texas Tech University (MEd)

Texas Tech University (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Keegan will travel within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80903.