The Evergreen State College (Liberal Arts)
Above all, I love working with kids and adults with special needs, and I have great respect for the processes of collaboration and building rapport that go along with supporting some of our most vulnerable citizens.
I have been employed in the developmental disabilities field since the mid-1990s, initially as a Special Education Assistant and later as a direct care provider for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, I am a Behavior Health Professional, or BHP, through the non-profit agency Connections for Kids, which is based in South Portland. As a BHP, I work individually with five boys ranging in age from 4 to 12. My responsibilities are to provide behavior supports, social skills training, and supervision in both home and community settings, and to communicate effectively with parents and other professionals who may be involved with the family. Above all, I love working with kids and adults with special needs, and I have great respect for the processes of collaboration and building rapport that go along with supporting some of our most vulnerable citizens.
I have been employed in the developmental disabilities field since the mid-1990s, initially as a Special Education
The $35/hr. is negotiable.
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.
I myself was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. In addition, I worked with young adults with ADHD when I was employed as a Special Education Paraprofessional by Eugene 4J School District between 1996 and 1999.
I've been employed in the developmental disabilities field for twenty-two years. The positions I've held include Case Manager, Special Education Paraprofessional, and direct care worker supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Currently, I am employed by an agency in the Portland area as a school-based Behavior Health Professional. My client is a high school Junior with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
When I was in junior high school, a bunch of friends and I would play tackle football together on weekends. It was a lot of fun and I actually miss it sometimes when I think back to that time in my life. I grew up loving the New York Jets, and although I now live in the Pacific Northwest, I still follow how they're doing when each NFL season comes around.
I began using Macs in college in 1986, and I've owned only Mac computers and products since graduating from college in 1993. I love the look of Mac products and the intuitive way in which the operating systems are designed. I owned a Windows laptop for a short time several years back and I don't plan on going back!
I am familiar with Windows platforms not so much from personal use, but because being a skilled Windows user has been a requirement for nearly all the jobs I've had since I graduated from college. While I definitely prefer Mac OSs, and hardware, I have become very accustomed to switching between Mac and Windows computers. The one time I used only Mac computers was when I was a Special Ed. Assistant in Eugene between 1996 and 1999.
I've been a photography enthusiast since I was an elementary school student. That was when my mother gave me my first camera, a point and shoot that took 110 cartridge film. I am mostly self-trained but I did take general photography courses that involved training in darkroom work at Pasadena City College in 1990 and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1993. At Evergreen, I also earned college credit as a paid photography intern at the House of Representatives at the state capital. My 3-month internship there was definitely one of the highlights of my college career.
I have supported kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the past 21 years. I have worked in a variety of community and educational settings, both as a Special Education Paraprofessional and as a case manager. Currently, I am a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) with Connections for Kids, a non-profit agency based in Portland. As a BHP, I work one-on-one with a high school student with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Although I am a full time employee, there are quite a few unpaid days off during the school year, so I am looking to supplement my income doing something that I love.