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Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy

Special Education Teacher (Fall 2014 - Present)

North Middle School

Special Education Teacher (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
  • Utilize whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction of 7th grade students with learning disabilities to accommodate various learning styles and academic levels as primary teacher and co-teacher: Literacy intervention and core content areas. 
  • Independently and collaboratively design and implement curriculum and differentiated lesson plans for Reading, Social Studies, Science, Math, and English; monitor student progress; participate in State assessments.
  •  Instruct students with disabilities in the use of accessibility technology in order to independently access core content curriculum in the regular education classroom. 
  • Oversee all aspects of the IEP review and evaluation process, including determining eligibility through the RtI process, collaborating with parents and teachers, and developing and monitoring individual annual goals for students. 

180 Youth Art Corp

Collaborative Consultant/Board of Directors (Summer 2013 - Present)
  • Direct mission and vision of local non-profit working with youth to provide authentic art based Service Learning experiences.
  • Partner with local artists to arrange mentorships for youth in the program.
  • Provide information technology, promotion, and marketing services to the organization.

Wasson High School, Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

AVID/Achieve Teacher (Fall 2011 – Summer 2013)

  • Implement AVID Elective and Career Choices curricula with fidelity to freshmen and sophomore students using best practices and differentiated instruction daily within the TAP model.
  • Collaborate with team members to align curriculum and Wasson business plan with School of Innovation vision.
  • Personalized Learning Lead Educator acting as liaison with district to bring technology resources to the school, collaborating with teachers to embed technology in lesson plans in meaningful and educationally relevant ways, and working with Library Technology Educator to build model “personalized” classroom for teachers to visit on in-school field trips.
  • TAP Mentor Teacher conducting ongoing observations, coaching, and professional development for 6 teachers within embedded PLC group with the cooperation of my Master Teacher.

Special Education Teacher (Fall 2009 – Springs 2011) 

  • Utilize whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction of students with learning disabilities to accommodate various learning styles and academic levels as primary teacher and co-teacher: Math intervention, Literacy intervention, and core content areas. 
  • Independently and collaboratively design and implement curriculum and differentiated lesson plans for Self-Determination, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and English; monitor student progress; participate in State assessments.
  •  Instruct students with disabilities in the use of accessibility technology in order to independently access core content curriculum in the regular education classroom. 
  • Oversee all aspects of the IEP review and evaluation process, including determining eligibility through the RtI process, collaborating with parents and teachers, and developing and monitoring individual annual goals for students. 
  • Member of Wasson RtI and PBS Problem Solving Teams, acting as RtI Coordinator for 2010-2011 school year. 
  • Member of AVID Site Team. 

Turman Elementary School, Harrison School District 2, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Student Teacher (Summer 2009) 

  • Designed and delivered math, literacy, and social skills instruction to 6 students in pre-school through second grade with multiple significant support needs in cooperation with classroom teacher. 
  • Designed and delivered Orton-Gillingham based literacy instruction to a small group of fourth and fifth grade students with multiple disabilities, including initial, formative, and summative assessments to monitor progress. 
  • Created and implemented class-wide and individual picture schedules to ease in-school transitions. 
  • Monitored and reported on individual Extended School Year goals.

      

    Honors and Activities

    • Cohort Recipient of Morgridge Family Foundation Grant (2010)
    • Member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and CEC Technology and Media Division
    • Senior Thesis published in UCCS Undergraduate Research Journal (June 2009)
    • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs President’s List (Fall 2007-Spring 2009)
    • Bruce and Anne Shepard Reach Your Peak Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)
    • Faculty nominated for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program (Spring 2008)
    • Schnell Family Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2007-Spring 2008)
    • Pikes Peak Community College President’s Honor Roll (Fall 2004-Spring 2005)

     

     





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