University Wisconsin Eau Claire (Social Work)
I moved to Florida five years ago from Minnesota (brrrr). I was an ESE paraprofessional for thirteen years, working with middle school students who had an assortment of diagnoses. These included ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, organizational issues, etc. My time was spent in main stream classrooms and in our resource center where the student could get much more individualized instruction. I assisted classroom teachers in making accommodations and modifications, and was an integral part of a team including caseworkers and administrators. I LOVED my job! But not the twenty below temperatures in Minnesota.
Since moving to Florida, I have been a substitute teacher in grades K-12. While I enjoy substitute teaching, I find that the inconsistency and class sizes really impede making a strong connection with individuals. There is not enough time in the day to give each student the attention and help he or she requires to master the material. I am hoping to get back to what I was doing in Minnesota, giving each individual the knowledge and skills required for them to succeed.
Language Arts has always been a passion of mine including reading and writing papers. A year ago I took a permanent substitute position for three months in a high school English class and truly enjoyed working with the students in my classes.
Having substituted frequently in elementary education, I have a wide knowledge of subject areas and a realization that students require differing styles of learning.
There is nothing more fulfilling to me than seeing a young person's face when they finally grasp a concept that they have been struggling with. Education is so important, but can feel so defeating when a student is not understanding something. I will always be forthright and honest if I feel that I am not the person to be teaching a particular subject. I don't want to waste anyone's time or potential! I have three "kids" of my own, and I always keep in mind what I would want for each of them. I moved to Florida five years ago from Minnesota (brrrr). I was an ESE paraprofessional for thirteen years, working with middle school students who had an assortment of diagnoses. These included ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, organizational issues, etc. My time was spent in main stream classrooms and in our resource center where the student
I spent thirteen years in Minnesota as an ESE paraprofessional working with students with ADD and ADHD. The great majority of these students were boys who just could not concentrate or sit still. I found that breaking up the instruction time with short breaks, and providing hands-on activities, were both very effective strategies. We need to make it fun!
I have spent thirteen years teaching special needs students, as well as another five years often substitute teaching children with special needs. I have worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Aspergers, emotional-behavioral issues, etc. ALL students have special needs; some are just more extreme than others!