Shanna J.

Leander, TX


HQ Teacher in all EC-6, EC-12 SpEd, and EC-12 Tech Apps

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University of Phoenix


University of Phoenix (Psychology)

About Shanna

As a highly qualified (by State of Texas TEA Exams) individual for Elementary Education up to 6th grade, Special Education from Elementary to High School levels (with a focus on cognitive behaviors and abnormal psychological functioning with a discipline towards Autism), and Elementary to High School Composite Technical Applications to include basic software, graphic design, and virtual technology; I have the ability to work with students who are challenged by the current curriculum, develop an individualized plan to meet their specific needs, and help them achieve their goals of successfully learning the specific subject areas of concern.

I have direct experience working with underprivileged students as well as students who experience challenges due to cultural diversity in the home, community, and the classroom. The success of the student depends on the commitment of the teacher, and I am personally committed to helping each individual overcome challenges and circumstances that may be interfering with their desired educational goals.

I have passed the TeXes EC-6 Generalist and am working with an alternative certification. I have direct experience teaching core academics in elementary school through substitute positions in each grade level except Kindergarten.

"Everything in life is attainable, nothing is impossible"
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Leander, TX 78641
In-person lessons
Elementary Math
Biology, Nutrition, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Adobe Photoshop
English, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development, Common Core, GED, TAKS
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
American History, Criminal Justice,
Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Career Development, Economics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Tax Preparation
Fitness, Softball, Volleyball

Approved subjects are in bold.

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I have direct experience working with people with ADHD, as ADD is less commonly diagnosed anymore. My experience includes children who have been placed on medication, and children who wanted to try an alternative to medication. I have also worked directly with adults in the same manner, but more on end user training for software and hardware systems rather than specifically core academics. There are multiple approaches to address learning styles that meet the needs of this disorder, even if it is attached with other diagnosis, such as oppositional defiant disorder, or an obsessive compulsive disorder. However, the attempts may generally be unsuccessful unless the teacher is able to recognize the specific learning techniques needed to address the totality of the circumstances, and develop a solid plan for strategic, attainable goals. This generally requires a Psychology or "Mental Health" degree, as it is not a basic component of a 4 year teaching certificate. I also have a degree in Psychology B.S. with a focus in abnormal psychology.


Cooking is a class that actually utilizes many of the common core academics students are taught in other classrooms such as math, reading, comprehension, science, history, economics, and so many others that are not even basic. The idea to teaching this class is to implement what the students are currently learning in common core into recipes, hands on creations they can physically participate in, to help them succeed.

Measurements, ingredients, following directions, chemical reactions (why do eggs actually need to go in batter for cake) and what happens if they are left out (cause and effect) for beginner classes. Intermediate classes should expand to students developing their own recipes, and learning to identify what worked and what did not, and why it did not work (comprehension). Most people can cook anything with directions once they learn how to follow them, but eventually you can combine cooking with a student who has trouble understanding scientific hypothesis steps to provide a hands on learning experience that will not only teach the how to cook but also how to hypothesize scientifically what the potential outcome would be if you added or removed variables from your recipes.

Cooking is actually an excellent method of incorporating core academics while teaching children things they will need to learn to do on their own as they individualize and grow into adulthood. I cook a lot!

Criminal Justice

I currently hold an A.A. Criminal Justice Degree. I have been employed as a dispatcher with the Austin Police Department in the past. I have been employed in Aviation Security post 911, as an Airport Operations Security Specialist in Emergency Management; working directly with joint jurisdictions such as the FAA and JTTF for terrorism. I have been given awards for my work as well. I am certified with over 300 hours of verifiable training, SIDA, and currently am employed with Child Protective Services which directly involves me writing, filing, and presenting documents to the court as well as investigating each case I am responsible for over a period of 12 months to determine whether or not mediation and trial are necessary. I am directly involved with every aspect of law enforcement as well as the judicial system in this position. I also have direct experience with clients who are incarcerated on criminal charges and pending civil trials. I know the following Texas Codes: Administrative, Traffic, Criminal, Civil Procedures, Family Code, etc.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have passed the TeXes EC-6 Generalist and am working with an alternative certification to obtain a full time teaching position. I can provide a letter and proof of test scores if necessary. I have direct experience teaching core academics in elementary school through substitute positions in each grade level except Kindergarten.

Hard Of Hearing

I am fluent in ASL. I can sign in ESL, but as much of the deaf community communicates in ASL, I am more comfortable signing in ASL when teaching because the students understand this format better, and it is faster than adding "ing" or "ed" to the end of each work when the ASL symbol has the exact same meaning depending on the structure of the sentence blended in the conversation, along with facial expressions. However, I have had students who prefer not to sign at all and want to speak verbally and lip read to communicate. Anyone tutoring in this situation should comply with what the student is comfortable with.

If tutoring sign language, it is better to start teaching ASL first, then proceeding to ESL. This is because body language is half of the communication, and if the focus of the sign for beginners is on proper language, they tend to look at their hands when communicating rather than making eye contact because they are not familiar with the language in the beginning stages.

University of Phoenix


University of Phoenix (Psychology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shanna will travel within 30 miles of Leander, TX 78641.