Special Education Teacher, Honolulu District, July 2007- current date • 2007 - 2008: Plan and provide academic and life skills instruction to 6th – 8th grade students with moderate to severe disabilities in a fully self contained classroom. • 2008 - 2010: Plan and provide standards based science instruction to 6th – 8th grade students with mild to moderate disabilities in a resource room classroom. • 2009 – 2011: School Curriculum Coordinator providing instructional support to faculty and staff, and assisting principal in implementing in-service and school-wide programs that support classroom instruction. Graduate Instructor, University of Hawaii Manoa, Fall 2012 • Provided in person and online instruction through blackboard to graduate students enrolled in EDCS 601: Advanced Topics in Reading. Students explored current theories and teaching strategies of reading through out the life span within various social contexts. Internship In College Teaching, University of Hawaii Manoa, Spring 2011 • Assisted in the planning, implementation and instruction of the graduate course Children’s Literature In The Elementary Curriculum.
As a special education teacher and educator of diverse student populations, my teaching style and philosophy reflects my experiences in that role. I believe that each student is unique and have a wide range of learning styles and needs. When constructing a lesson I try to make use of a wide range of instructional strategies to provide increased opportunities for student success. I believe that teachers do not simply pass knowledge to their students but rather encourage and support students as they make meaning from rich and engaging classroom experiences. I love learning and I hope that the learning experiences I create foster that in students.
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• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Connecticut, Magna Cum Laude, May 2006 • Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Connecticut, Honors Scholar, May 2006 • Program focus in Special Education and subject area major in Science: GPA 3.7 • Masters of Arts in Special Education, University of Connecticut May 2007: GPA 4.0 • PhD Student in Curriculum Studies, University of Hawaii: GPA 3.9
As a curriculum coordinator, my primary role was to support school improvement efforts and provide instructional support for teachers. I have extensive experience creating curriculum for my own classroom as well as others. I am currently on maternity leave and therefore have the opportunity to pursue opportunities like curriculum development through teachers pay teachers.