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Dedicated, resourceful professional with the knowledge and personal ability to develop, initiate, supervise and evaluate programs for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities including autism, working in regular classrooms, specialized settings or one to one situations.
Key strengths include:
- Knowledge and training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles and other intervention programs such as Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), and Social Thinking which lead to a dynamic, structured and successful classroom using data-driven decision making and teaching methods based on individual needs.
- In depth knowledge and experience in using Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support Plans to support students with challenging behavior.
- Hands on experience in classroom design and curriculum implementation using TEACCH structured teaching principles.
- In depth knowledge and experience in incorporating a functional curriculum into the classroom including Gateway curriculum.
- Experience in using assessment tools such as the ABLLS-R and Brigance to design programs, write Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and measure student progress.
- Personally written IEPs in consultation with parents and school-based teams for over 60 students to include realistic, meaningful goals and objectives that are definable, measurable and achievable. Experience in preparing student portfolios which document IEP achievement.
- Ability to train and supervise program support staff including in-service presentations.
- Knowledge of the range of services available to individuals and families in both the public and private sectors.
- Attentive to details while maintaining an understanding of the larger picture including knowledge of legal and political issues currently impacting treatment and educational policy in British Columbia and beyond.
- Ability to work and collaborate with all stakeholders - students, parents, resource professionals, teaching assistants and other teachers.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of relevant computer technologies and integration into the classroom curriculum.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Special Education Teacher - Jarvis Traditional Elementary School, Delta School District #37, September 2009 ongoing
Autism & Behaviour Consultant - Lower Mainland, 2005 - present
- Consultation and delivery of educational, behavioural and social skills programs to 4 - 5 families
- Planning and delivery of home based academic, behaviour and social skills programs for children diagnosed with autism or Aspergers syndrome including collaboration with classroom teachers and district resource staff and IEP preparation.
Elementary Teaching Experience
Special Education Teacher - Jarvis Traditional Elementary School, Delta School District #37, September 2009 ongoing
Teacher on Call (Elementary and Secondary) - North Vancouver School District #44, December 2007 - June 2008 (while on educational leave)
Teacher on Call (Elementary and Secondary) - Vancouver School Board SD #39, May 2008 - June 2008
Volunteer Teacher, Elephant Thoughts, Canadian Aboriginal Youth Science Initiative (CAYSI),
- Enriched, hands-on, full-day science curriculum at six First Nations Bands in Central and Eastern Canada (Jul-Aug, 2005).
Case Manager Howe Sound School District #48 / Valleycliffe Elementary School
- Program planning, IEP preparation, SEA supervision (3 positions), teacher/specialist collaboration for 4 low incidence elementary students (2003-2004).
Primary/Elementary ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language) Moose Jaw Public School Division #1 / Ross Elementary School.
- K - 5 classroom for children who recently immigrated to Canada with no knowledge of the English language (Feb-Jun 2002).
Substitute teaching (TOC) for three school divisions in Moose Jaw.
- Grades 1-8 including IT and Special Education. Maintained excellent classroom structure and developed quick rapport with students. (Jan-Jun 2002).
Teacher Internship - Moose Jaw Public School Division #1 / Empire Community School
- Inner city Grade 6 class with several special needs students (Sep-Dec 2001).
Secondary Teaching Experience
Special Education Teacher - Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver School Board SD #39, September 2008 - June 2009
- Classroom Teacher in charge of the ARC Program (Autism Resource Centre). The program provides support for 12 students with autism in regular classes as well as direct instruction in social skills, handling emotions and organization.
Special Education Teacher - Carson Graham Secondary School, North Vancouver School District #44, September 2004 - June 2007
Classroom Teacher planning and delivering curriculum in a language-based ABA (Functional Skills) program for 19 low incidence students. Support includes direct supervision of 11 SEAs and a co-teacher. Classes include Functional Academics, Fitness, Living Skills, Humanities, Music and Computers. Classes and routines are structured using ABA following Verbal Behavior principles and incorporate most teaching strategies which support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities including visual schedules, work routines (using TEACCH principles), social stories, a token economy, errorless learning in classroom and individual learning situations. Curriculum includes Language for Learning, Stephenson Reading, Semple Math, the Circles social program. Students participate in integrated elective classes whenever possible to support Natural Environment Teaching and generalization of skills.
Classroom Teacher teaching Grade 8 Literacy with learning and behaviour challenges.
- Case Manager for 10 - 20 low incidence students in the Functional Skills program with autism and other developmental disabilities. Collaboration with other professionals and families to create individual education and behaviour support plans in which present levels of performance are established, obtainable goals determined and strategies and responsibility for reaching goals delegated. Data collection evaluation and adjustment of student and program progress on a planned basis. Participation in the School-based Resource Team and District Verbal Behavior initiative.
Lifeskills Teacher Howe Sound School District #48 / Howe Sound Secondary School
- Program, curriculum and lesson planning and implementation, IEP preparation, SEA supervision (4 positions), teacher/specialist collaboration for 10 low incidence secondary students enrolled jointly in a Lifeskills program and regular classes (Sep 2003-Jun 2004).
Lifeskills teacher Moose Jaw Public School Division #1 / Riverview Community Collegiate (Saskatchewan)
- Program, curriculum and lesson planning and implementation, IEP preparation, supervision of SEAs (6 positions) and .5 teacher, teacher/specialist collaboration for 21 low incidence secondary students enrolled in a Lifeskills program/work experience and integration program (Sep-Dec 2002).
Youth Counsellor Princess Cruises for children aged 3 - 7.
- Educational programming for children onboard ship in a cooperative team environment for nine hours each sea day. (Apr, Aug 2003).
ESL Teacher GEOS Language Academy - Vancouver.
- Communicative English language skills for 20 Korean students aged 8 - 17. Developed course work and encouraged every day use (Jul-Aug 2002).
Special Education assistant - Moose Jaw Public School Division
- Academic and behavioural support for middle years and high school students in an alternate school (2001).
Educational assistant - Sask Valley School Division
- Academic and behavioural support for middle years students in a rural school (1997-2000).
Certified Childbirth Education Instructor - Saskatoon Childbirth Education Association
- Small group instruction on pregnancy. birth and active decision making for pregnant women and their partners. Also acted as a birthing coach (1985-92).
Program Co-ordinator - Interlake Human Resources Society
- Developed and supervised activity and work placement programs for teenagers and adults with intellectual handicaps. Imperial/Davidson, SK (1977)
Adoptions Worker - Department of Social Services - Weyburn, SK (1977-78).
Camp Counsellor - Camp Easter Seal - Watrous, SK (1974-75).
Teacher Assistant - School for Children with Emotional Problems, program for preschool and elementary aged children with autism, Saskatoon, SK (1974).
Member of British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA)
- Master of Education in Special Education (2008)
University of British Columbia
Concentration in Autism/Developmental Disabilities
Overall average 90.1%
EPSE 633 - Community-Based Systems (Winter, 2008)
EPSE 549 - Seminar in Autism (Winter, 2008)
EPSE 590 - Graduating Seminar (Winter, 2008)
EPSE 504 – Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (Fall, 2007)
EPSE 512 - Critical Issues in Special Education (Summer, 2007)
EPSE 410 - Assistive Technologies in Special Education (Summer, 2007)
EPSE 483 - Reading and Interpreting Research in Education (Spring, 2007)
EPSE 514 - Seminar in Behavioural Assessment and Intervention (Winter, 2007)
EPSE 593 - Design and Analysis of Research with Small Samples and Single Subjects (Fall, 2006)
EPSE 449 - Education of Students with Autism (Summer, 2006)
EPSE 513 - Seminar in Developmental Disabilities (Summer, 2006)
EPSE 502 - Cognition, Language and Literacy Processes in Education (Spring, 2006)
EPSE 532 - Assessment and Positive Behavioural Support in School and Community Settings (Fall, 2005)
- Diploma in Special Education (2004)
University of British Columbia
Department of Educational and Counselling, Psychology, and Special Education
Overall Average 90.1%
LLED 479 - The Education of Immigrant Students (Spring, 2004)
LIBE 477 - Helping Students Learn Using the Internet (Spring, 2004)
EPSE 403 - Supporting Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Classrooms (Winter, 2004)
EPSE 423 - Functional Behaviour Assessment and Plans (Fall, 2003)
EPSE 437 - Interventions for Behaviour Disorders (Summer, 2003)
EPSE 436 - Survey of Behaviour Disorders (Summer, 2003)
EPSE 421 - Assessment of Learning Difficulties (Testing to Level B) (Summer, 2003)
EPSE 316 - Learning Disabilities (Summer, 2003)
EPSE 348 - Family-Centered Practice for Children with Special Needs (Winter, 2003)
EPSE 317 - Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom (Winter, 2003)
- Bachelor of Education After Degree (Elementary) (2001)
University of Regina
Middle Years Specialization
Overall WPA of 79.92%
University of Saskatchewan
Major in Psychology
Teaching Students to Self Regulate (Leslie Burgess), BC CEC Workshop, (Apr, 2011)
Delta District PD Day, (Feb, 2011) as Presenter - The Stop & Think Program - Social Skills for the Classroom and Beyond
BC-ABA 2010 Conference, 2nd Annual, (Jun, 2010)
Positive Behaviour Support Planning (Dr. Kent McIntosh), BC CEC Workshop, (May, 2010)
CEC 2010 Annual Convention & Expo, Nashville, TN, CEC (Apr, 2010)
Social Emotional Learning Within A School Setting Realistic Approaches to a Realistic Issue, ABA Support Network (Feb, 2010)
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder): Enhancing Understanding for Parents, Educators, and Others - BC CEC Workshop
, (Jan, 2010)
Start UP Workshop Series, PITA
- Provicial Intermediate Teachers Association (Aug, Sep 2009)
Woodcock-Johnson III® Cognitive & Achievement Training Workshop, Levels I, II & III - (Helmsing Consulting
, Regina) (Jul, 2009)
Building Community: Creating a sensoe of belonging in our schools, neighbourhoods, oranizations, and communities - BCTF Regional Social Justice Conference, Comox (May, 2009)
CEC Annual Convention & Expo, Seattle, WA (Apr, 2009)
1st Annual BC-ABA Conference, BC-ABA
Leadership Workshop, Arlington, VA (Jul, 2008)
The Future of Behavior Consultancy in Autism Treatment - An International Perspective from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (Gerald Shook
, Ph.D., BCBA) ACT Autism Community Training (Jun, 2008)
Beyond Sight Words: Access to the Literate Community for ALL (Paula Kluth
, Ph.D.), ACT Autism Community Training (Mar, 2008)
Facilitative Leadership Workshop (Dwight Moore, Ph.D.), UBC Graduate Studies (Mar, 2008)
Designing, Implementing and Troubleshooting Verbal Behavior–ABA Programs (James Partington
, Ph.D., BCBA) ACT Autism Community Training (Mar, 2008)
Line Therapist Training Class: Teaching Principles for Early Autism Intervention (Lovaas-based ABA), Harmony House BC
Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment Symposium, UBC Centre for Culture, Identity & Education (Nov, 2007)
Building Social Relationships: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum (Dr. Scott Bellini), ACT Autism Community Training (Nov, 2007)
Early Intervention Approaches for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children with Autism - Grounding Practice on Research (Dr. G. Dawson, Dr. S. Rogers), ACT Autism Community Training (Oct, 2007)
Developing Effective Language-based ABA Classrooms within Public School Systems (James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA) ACT Autism Community Training (Jul, 2007)
- Going to the Heart of Autism, Asperger's Syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorder (Dr. Steven E. Gutstein), Connections Center (Jun, 2007)
- High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Adulthood (Janine Montgomery), Autism Services, SK (May, 2007)
- How to Use the ABLLS-R as an Assessment & IEP Development Tool (Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen), ACT Autism Community Training (Feb, 2007)
- Composition & Native Indian Literature, Thompson Rivers University (Winter, 2007)
- Moving Forward with Meaningful Dialogue (Dr. Barrie Bennett), Instructional Intelligence Institute (Oct, 2006)
- Hands-on Training in Verbal Behavior (Dr. S. Jacobsen), ACT Autism Community Training (Aug, 2006)
- Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities (Paul Wehman, Ph.D.), CBI Consultants (May, 2006)
- Teaching Advanced Learners: Conversation, Play, & Social Skills, ABA Learning Centre (Mar, 2006)
- Advanced Social Thinking, ACT Autism Community Training (Mar, 2006)
- Managing Problem Behaviours: Functions of Problem Behaviour & Behaviour Reduction Strategies, (Mar, 2006)
- How to use the ABLLS as an Assessment & IEP Development Tool (Dr. S. Jacobsen), ACT Autism Community Training (Feb, 2006)
- Developing Language in the Natural Environment, ABA Learning Centre (Feb, 2006)
- Intensive Teaching: Effective Teaching Techniques, ABA Learning Centre (Feb, 2006)
- Teaching Manding: Capturing and Contriving Motivation, ABA Learning Centre (Feb, 2006)
- Verbal Behavior Training for Educators, ACT Autism Community Training (Aug, 2005)
- NCCP Level 1 Coaching Certification - Special Olympics (May, 2005)
- Introduction to Verbal Behavior - ABA for students with autism (Dr. Vincent Carbone), ACT Autism Community Training (Apr, 2005)
- Autism Treatment: What's science got to do with it?, F.E.A.T. of B.C. (Mar, 2005)
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program, NVSD#44 (Jan, 2005)
- Certificate of Autism Training, (POPARD) Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (Aug, 2004)
- Special Needs in Education , Collaboration and Change. Credit classes towards Special Education Certification, Saskatchewan (Summer, 2001)
- Social Skills Training, Saskatchewan Mental Health (Oct, 2001)
- Signed English Level 1 - Sask Valley Community College (Winter, 1999)
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
- Interests: Horseback riding lessons and therapeutic riding (Pony Pals Stables), Track and Cross-country running
- Volunteer Coach - Special Olympics Canada, North Vancouver Chapter - Track and Field (2003-2007)
- Test and Volunteer Director - Skate Moose Jaw (2000-2002)
- Co-ordinator - Saskatchewan Regional Pony Club Camp (1995-2001)
- President - Warman/Osler Figure Skating Club (1999-2000)
- President - Northfork Pony Club (1998-2000)
- Grade 6 Royal Conservatory Piano- Grade 2 Theory