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West Georgia University (Special Education)
West Georgia University (Graduate Coursework)
I am a recently retired special education teacher. I have taught elementary and high school, but my expertise is at the elementary level. Over my 30 years in the classroom, I have worked in self-contained classrooms for MID students (7 years) and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (16 years). For the last 7 years I worked as an interrelated teacher in the resource classroom and as a co-teacher in the general education classroom in grades 2-5, in all subject areas. I have a BS in mental retardation, masters level work in interrelated, as well as an endorsement in reading. I have taught several professional development classes in Gwinnett County in the areas of Behavior Management, Brain Based Instruction, Classroom strategies for students with ADHD/ADD, sensory integration challenges, learning disabilities,and students with emotional/behavioral issues. In addition, I also taught a professional development class for working with students with Bipolar Disorder. I also instructed students who were home-bound due to medical or emotional issues. I was selected as Teacher Of The Year in Gwinnett and Fulton Counties, and was nominated by my principal for Johns Creek Special Needs Teacher of the year. I have tutored students in all academic areas at the elementary level, including strategies for LD and ADHD/ADD students in the areas of study/ note taking, and time management. In addition I have worked with students who on the autism spectrum to improve receptive and expressive communication skills.
I am experienced in evaluating student skills in order to design strategies specifically designed to meet individualized needs. I am familiar with common core expectations and experienced in teaching common core math skills in grades 1-5. I use a variety of learning approaches based on learning styles. In addition to being certified in general and special education, I also hold a reading endorsement. I served on the Reading, Writing, Language Arts planning team for the past 7 years and was essential to the team in providing activities a strategies for students with learning differences, including ESOL students and students with different learning styles. I have co-taught science and social studies in grades 2-5 for the past 7 years. Before that taught these subjects to students in a self contained special education classroom. I am highly experienced in teaching my students important study skills in order to help them complete class assignments and homework, prep for assessments, master and maintain concepts/skills, and learning about how they learn best. I use a unique research based process to identify how your student needs to take in information and express information in order to teach them how to study in the way they learn best. I provide a copy of this Learning Profile to the student and the parent. I love to teach, but am no longer in the classroom as a result of my recent retirement. I would love the opportunity to work with students again! I love to make learning fun, unique, and interesting by using strategies based on learning styles, Brain Based Learning Profiles, and learning modalities. With 30 years of teaching, I have a large variety of strategies to help you achieve your best! I am a recently retired special education teacher. I have taught elementary and high school, but my expertise is at the elementary level. Over my 30 years in the classroom, I have worked in self-contained classrooms for MID students (7 years) and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (16 years). For the last 7 years I worked as an interrelated
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I am a former special education teacher with 30 years experience working with students who have chemical challenges such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder, as well as other behavioral/emotional needs. I have taught several professional development classes to other teachers regarding hands on learning and behavior management strategies to implement in the general education and special education classrooms. I also have studied with a neuroscientist to gain knowledge about, and implement brain based instruction geared toward students with ADHD and other behavioral/sensory issues. I later shared this information with my colleagues through professional development classes.
I have worked with children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and other Spectrum disorders in both the general education class and the special education class These students demonstrate a variety of challenges which may interfere with their learning and social progress in the school environment. My years of experience working with these students has given me unique strategies and insight for addressing such challenges as attention/focus, sensory integration, communication, and social skills.
Students with autism present a complex range of behaviors which interfere with their ability to communicate with others through verbally and nonverbal interactions. They have difficulty interpreting social interactions of others, as well as communicating their wants and needs to those around them. In addition, these students often present with poor executive function which can result in anxiety, poor attention span, repetitive behaviors/conversations, poor impulse control, and poor regulation of their emotions. I have served students with autism in grades K-4. I have done extensive research for strategies to address these challenges through books and colleagues. My knowledge and experience in working with autistic students and meeting their unique needs has significantly broadened my repertoire of skills and strategies in this area. For these reasons I believe I am well qualified to tutor in this subject.
I have collaborated with other teachers across elementary level and across all academic subjects to create, implement, and assess lesson plans to address Common Core standards. I worked at a Georgia School of Excellence (Dolvin Elementary) which required all teachers to attend extensive training over multiple years in order to enhance our understanding of the standards and our ability to unpack each standard in order to raise expectation and mastery levels. I was a participant in several academic planning teams involving all academic subjects.
Working as a special education teacher at the elementary level has given me great insight into cross grade level expectations. I have worked with students in a pull out model to help them fill in the learning gaps which were impeding their progress. I have also served as an inclusion teacher across several grade levels at once. This experience allows me to understand which skills are needed at each grade level in order to be successful at the next one. Finally, I have served as a home-bound teacher to several students who were unable to come to school. I am familiar with working with and motivation students in an at- home environment.
I currently hold a teaching certificate in general education and special education elementary level. I have successfully passed the GACE in all subject areas as well as the PRAXIS for highly qualified special education teachers. In taking the PRAXIS, I also earned a Reading endorsement for elementary level. I served on the reading /Language Arts planning team for four years at my last school.
I have successfully passed the PRAXIS for highly qualified special education teachers and hold a current teaching certificate for Interrelated from the state of Georgia. I completed all but one semester of graduate work towards my masters in the area of Learning Disabilities. I have 30 years experience teaching special education students with a variety of learning and behavioral disabilities such as, Specific Learning Disabled, dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Asperger's, Autism, Mildly Intellectually Disabled, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, behavioral/emotional disorders, ADD, ADHD, nonverbal, moderately intellectually impaired, etc. I also have a special needs son of my own who is now 20 and doing well.
Special Education teacher for 30 years, Tutored grades K-6 for 23 years, Taught Study Skills strategies for the classroom to other teachers at my school. Worked with general education students, slow learners, learning disabled students, autistic and Asperger students, students with ADHD/ADD, and students with emotional and/or behavioral issues.
I have taught and tutored students in grades K-6 in a variety of writing genres and skill areas. I am familiar with the new Common Core expectations, as I have served on the writing planning team at my school.