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Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

1. What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical cl...
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Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

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How can you illustrate to me your dependability?

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I make sure to communicate at least on a weekly basis with teachers, record observations to ensure correct understanding of student progress, and I follow through.
 
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I am always 10-15 minutes early for work. I have a personal motto of under promising and over delivering. I take immense pride in my personal work and turn in nothing less than my best and I never make a promise I can not keep. If there is any doubt, I explain that up front.
 
3.
Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed through
 
4.
I am always early to work instead of on time. Being early is on time and being on time is late.
 
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I arrive to work every day 30-45 minutes early and work late to help students receive the extra help they need to be successful.
 
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I am punctual and flexible. I try to work with all parties as much as possible.
 
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I am punctual, have a great attendance record, I make my deadlines, and reliable in my offering of assistance to another colleague.
 
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I am always there when you need me. I arrive early so I know where I am supposed to be.
 
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The best way to illustrate it is to talk about this past school year. Despite living with a crazy family of five people I was always on time to school.
 
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I am always early to work, I complete all tasks that are asked of me and I go over and beyond my job requirements by taking on extra responsibilities such as covering for teachers while being a teaching assistant.
 

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#3 of 26

What was your most difficult course in college?

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I would say Kinesiology because I needed to develop a system for remebering names of bones/muscles.
 
2.
A very fast paced research class in which my computer broke down.
 
3.
My most challenging class was math but it also taught me to develop strategies to learn mathimatical concepts and when to ask for tutoring.There are no stupid questions so ask if need help.
 
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Geometry. But I asked for help and learned to use tools to get the answers you needed.
 
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Geometry until I learn the tools needed to understand the problems.
 
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Geometry until I learned the tools needed to understand the problems.
 
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My most difficult course in college was mathematics as I stuggled with it.
 
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Physics. It was more an astonomy class and the labs were late at night. The labs were from 11pm to 1 am. My notes were not the best. I found recording my notes helped alot.
 
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My most difficult course in college was Chemistry for nonscience learners. I struggled with the Chemistry concepts--spent many long nights writing detailed notes in order to grasp some concepts.
 
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My most difficult course in college was math because of all the formulas and fractions.
 

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#4 of 26

If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?

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If I could do anything different in my education I would continue to go to workshops improve on and learning new teaching skills.
 
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If I could do something different in my education, it would be to have gone to college younger in life and pursue a higher education.
 
3.
I would continue my studies in the field of behavior supports and autism. I would also make sure that I continue to build structure and routine into my classroom so the students have clear and precise boundaries and know what is expected of them.
 
4.
Have more communication to developmy interestsand areasof strenths.
 
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I would take classes toward earning a masters in academic leadership.
 
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I would mark progress based on previous years as opposed to comparing school to school. Not every school faces the same academic challenges making AYP an impossible measuring stick.
 
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I would have gone to college after high school rather than 20 years later.
 
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I always am reading about new techniques for special ed and regular ed students.I see the value of persuing a regular ed degre.
 
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I would have gotten my teaching credential earlier.
 
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I would have gotten my teaching credentials sooner.
 

Education Requirements

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelorís degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelorís degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified.

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#5 of 26

How do you handle yourself under stress?

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Being able to stay calm and find ways of handling a hard situation is key.
 
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It depends on the stituation, but I always try to remain calm and get a grip on the situation and solve the problem.
 
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When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I will give my students work to do quietly so that I can gather my thoughts and reflect on a positive way to handle the stress I feel.
 
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I take a moment, remove myself from the situation, reflect on what is occurring and formulate a plan to deal with the issue calmly and rationally.
 
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It depends upon the situation in which I am feeling stressed. If I felt stressed in a classroom, to the point of which I concerned myself, I would either syep out of the room for a moment, leaving the students with an aide or - if I were alone - would tell the students that I needed a moment and ask them to read quietly for 5-10 minutes.
 
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I take a second to take stock of the facts and ground my actions based on what is actually occurring and I review the plan I have made.
 
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I am very good at handleing stress because I am able to use a variety of positive strategies that deesculates stress.
 
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I handle it quite well, I really try to be calm and think things through.
 
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I handle stress verily well. I remained unflustered. I will assess the situation, develop a plan to handle the situation and seek help if I need it to work with a difficult situation.
 
10.
I read books and surf the internet. I also take deep breathes.
 

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#6 of 26

What makes you stand out among other applicants?

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My positive attitude and genuine care about students will stand out the most compared to others. I hold high expectations of my students as well as myself.
 
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I am an individual who is committed to making education a lasting experience rather than a lecture to be endured. I believe in a 'go to where the student is and walk with them' philosophy, as opposed to someone who expects students to come to where the educator is.I have a strong background in technology, differentiated instruction, and a communication-based environment.
 
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My desire to create the best educational environment for my students, expecting the best from each one and helping them to achieve their goals is one of my outstanding qualities. I am always working to learn better ways to reach my students because education is a life long process.
 
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If you decided to choose me would see that I am a very passionate, organized, and dedicated teacher who has a very diverse and strong background in helping all students achieve in a variety of settings.
 
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I have worked in the education and charity sectors working with children with diverse sets of children with wide range of needs. Therefore I am able to work with children of all abilities as I am flexable and adaptable to different settings.I am able to use my own intiative, organised and think on my feet in unexpected situations. I am able to build good relationships with all children, adults and parents.
 
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I am a hard worker, have the urge to help people, i am a leader
 
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Even though I have been in this field for over 5 years, I am still very passionate about learing new strategies/reserches on working with students with autism. My experience working at the small NPS gave me great deal of opportunites to attend workshops and trainings. I have a great deal of experience with AAC, students with behaviors, analyzing/writing behavior support plans, etc. Worked for a small school, I got to have chances to work with different age levels of students. I worked with K through 8 with various challenges.
 
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Being a special needs teacher for more than 4 years, my experiences in this field contributed to the skill I possess by knowing how to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students to maximize learning and make learning as meaningful to them as possible.
 
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Because teaching is a second career, I feel most schools would find me more mature and more experienced than most new teachers, bringing more life experiences and general skills to the table. I am an incredibly hard worker, highly organized, and skilled at building successful working relationships with all kinds of people. I also bring with me leadership qualities, all of which will bring success in the classroom.
 
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I have a set of stilts at home.
 

Work Environment

Most special education teachers work in public schools. Some teach in magnet, charter, and private schools. Some also work with young children in childcare centers.

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#7 of 26

Why should we hire you?

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1. I am very intuitive and observant. 2. Based on my observation, I can make changes and be flexible.
 
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I have worked in Learning support for 13 years as an aide before going back to school to get my teaching degree. I come with years of educational experience that means I will be able to step right in with little training.
 
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I am best candidate because of my communication skills and ability to get students to buy into ed by walking them through side by side.
 
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I work extremely hard and I am very organized. I like to be prepared for every lesson and differentiate my lessons that I am able to accommodate all students educational needs.
 
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I am ambitious and a self starter. I have 4 years experience in the Special Education classroom and two additional years working one on one with students with significant behavior problems. I am team oriented, collaborate well and I am willing to learn, as well as to teach my colleagues.
 
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I am passionate, patient creative, and dedicated in helping all students be successful.
 
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I am a self starter and I work hard to meet the needs of my students. I am not afraid to ask questions. I ask for help, input, or suggestions from others.
 
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Because I'm Awesome. The question should why should not.
 
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Because of my excellent leadership skills and versatility. I am confident in my ability to represent the school/district in a professional and dignified manner. I pride myself in my ability to collaborate with others for the success of the students. My experience educating students with such a broad range of disabilities, across different environments makes me confident that I will be a great edition to your team.
 
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Your job description is suited for for my qualifications and my experience as an inclusive educator, i work hard as team playe.
 

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#8 of 26

When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?

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My son has Special needs and he has some traits on the Autism Spectrum and then I was also able to work as an aide in the public school for several years and I enjoyed working with children who have Autism.
 
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I thought it would be challenging working with autistic children ever since I watched a program on TV and they found success with giving the autistic child a dog.
 
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Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
 
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I realized that students on the autism spectrum are very unique and need a positive, dependable, creative, and organized person in there life to teach critical life skills.
 
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When I started working with a child with ASD as my first job.
 
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Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
 
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I saw a desire to learn in their eyes as well as fear. I wanted to make learning a fun activity not scary or difficult.
 
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I am believer in everyone being treated with dignity. Individuals with Autism all differ and deserve a right to reach their full potential and dreams.
 
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When I worked in a preschool that had a child with Autism. I also worked in a special needs summer camp and I saw the joy that an Autistic Child had. It was great seeing her enjoy her time at camp and having fun with me at all times.
 
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I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
 

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#9 of 26

What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?

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Confidence,patience,understanding.
 
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Confidence,creativity,passion.patience.
 
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Patience, understanding, organization and a sense of humor.
 
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Most important qualities in being a good Teacher are being able to differentiate instruction to cater towards all students learning abilities and being prepared for all lessons.
 
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Commiting time, collaboration, materials, planning,researching best practices to tailor instruction to specific student needs. Also, being willing to work as a time to ensure maximum benefit for the student.
 
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A good teacher is well prepared. She is patient, understanding and resilient. She knows how to differentiate instruction for the unique needs of her students.
 
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Patience, organization, versatility, and leadership.
 
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Patience, organization, and resilience
 
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Patience, humor, classroom management and communication skills.
 
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Being totally invested in their education. You have to love kids to want to be a teacher.
 

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#10 of 26

Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?

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My mother passed away 12 years ago and that was very difficult. I felt a lot of comfort in the support of my family, friends and church.
 
2.
What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next five years?
 
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I had one customer she iwas yelling i tried every thig with her then i call my manager.
 
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I prayed
 
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
 
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When my mother and father died, I prayed and cried a lot I even took a year off because they died with in 8 months of each other.
 
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Moving was stressful. I handled the stress by spending time doing work that I enjoy and becoming involved in community programs such as the Artist Studio Association and the VIsual Arts Center.
 
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When I had a student who was not identified with special needs, but who left the classroom at the slightest annoyance, I decided to llok into the triggers for that behavior. I came up with a plan that worked for her, by researching strategies that work with children with FAE. And by working together with the school team she became successful in the classroom.
 
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My father was very sick and was bed ridden with cancer. I was very stessed out and I decided I needed to be strong and help my mother get through a very difficult time in her grieving. I took charge of the planning.
 
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When my mom died. I learned to manage my stress through exercise and getting support from family and friends.
 

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#11 of 26

Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?

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When trying to calm someone down, I have told them to take a time out. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed to discuss and reevaluate the situation calmly I will do so. Unless it is an extreme situation, I try to give everyone time to calm, if not things could get worse and yelling will not help.
 
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Yes, talk person through what is happening, and give support to him/her.
 
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Use a quite voice and try to remove them from the situation or a time out for them to calm down.
 
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A student became agitated. The student had math work in front of him. He started writing down random numbers. I asked him if I could show him a trick I had learned, a number line, to figure out positive and negative numbers. When he could successfully locate the correct numbers on a few questions I let him try to solve a few problems on his own. I came back and urged him to again use the timeline. It was very rewarding to see the student become more confident with the use of math tools!
 
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Yes, the child I worked with was very upset and ran from the classroom. I taught her to use Dots and Squeezies to calm herself down and helped her to learn deep breathing and asked her if it was okay for me to apply pressure to her shoulders. She was one that responded well to a quiet voice, a calm tone, and deep pressure. She settled right down.
 
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Yes, many times in teaching mild/moderate students. A student was yelling and cursing at me and other students and I calmly walked up to the student and asked him to take five outside the class to calm down. I talked to him outside with a aid in the room watching my students.
 
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I had a student start swearing at me during class. I did not get upset. I very calmly said "I can see that you are upset. Please step into the hall and take a few minutes and we can talk when you are ready. I did not send the student to the dean, and felt by not doing so I was not further aggravating the situation. I was also able to then get the student to calmy speak to me, which I felt helped me to earn trust with the student.
 
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Approaching calmly, and speaking softly aids in calming a person down. I have been in numerous incidents working in a high school setting and the one thing not to do is to come across yelling and judgmental. Take the student away from the issue and walk them done to the office.
 
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I've been in this situation many times. I tell them they are not allowed to hit me, the desk, others or throw things. They can go away from everyone to calm down and I will check on them. I have emotion charts where they can fill in how angry they are on a scale and write about what is bothering them. Many times I am able to help once I know why they needed to be calmed down.
 
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Yes I had to calm persons down before. the individual needed help in learning how to express their emotions by talking calmly instead of yelling.
 

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#12 of 26

How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?

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I feel it is important to think out a plan for assisting students going through crisis and ensuring that a meeting with other staff takes place to collaborate on strategies to support that student as well as follow through.
 
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These are the students that intrigue me the most. I want to find out what underlies their behavior and help in whatever ways I can, to remedy the problems. Sometimes the problems are so deep and so personal, that I know I wont be able to undo the hurts that they have experienced but I can offer them a safe place, a nurturing place to learn.
 
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All students can have moments when there behavior is challanging. The key is to find out why the behavior is occuring and when.
 
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Every student can be difficult at some time. The key is to look beyond the actions and find the reason.
 
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I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
 
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Be patient.
 
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Listen. Be Compassionate, sometimes they just need someone to understand them.
 
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I feel all children need a chance to be heard. They need to be in a safe and caring environment, in my classroom.
 
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It can be unnerving sometimes but we're all humans. We can't be perfect all the time. I'm sure children with disabilities get so frustrated when they try so hard
 
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I find it to be challenging but rewarding.
 

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#13 of 26

Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?

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Individual education program is put in place to meet the needs of the individual student and prepared by the educational team that includes the parents. CSE is the referral for services.
 
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An IEP is an Idividualized Education Plan, which is created to meet the needs of a child with a disability. It explains how the child learns and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. A CSE is the comittee who decides if the child is eligible for services based on an evaluation of the student's abilities and needs. If a student is eligible, the CSE will implement an IEP based on the evalaution to best meet the needs of the child
 
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Iep is an individualized educational plan.
 
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Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
 
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An IEP is an Individual Education Plan which is designed to meet the unique educational needs of a child with a disability. It describes how the child learns, demonstrates learning and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. the difference between IEP and CSE is that CSE is when parents have chance to input in the education of the child .
 
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An IEP is provided for student with disability under the IDEA guideline. Student who after careful evaluation cannot function adequately in regular a classroom. IEP allows for modification and accommodation.
 
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Iep is a plan of strategies and goals while a cse is a committee of person who make up the plan.
 
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An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would. All special education services are described in a document called the Continuum of Special Education Services.
 
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An IEP is an individualized education plan that addresses the students needs and goals. The CSE is the team of teachers and professionals that collaborates to assess the student and write the IEP.
 
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Indidualized Education Plan. CSE determines how that student qualifies for special education services.
 

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#14 of 26

What are your 2 weakest points?

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Sometimes I am too ambitious... I keep trying. Others may want me to quit, but I feel that I have to find a solution. Sometimes I carry the students home in my heart, especially after a difficult day.
 
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My inability to speak spanish fluently and working too long of hours at times.
 
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Not being fluent in spanish and
 
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Big heart and.
 
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Perfectionist to the point of exhaustion at times and sometimes I let my heart lead.
 
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Not being fluent is spanish and have a big heart for students.
 
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I do not had my own classroom as a permanent teacher.
 
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Explain differentence instractions
 
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My little toe and being ticked
 
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Two areas that I would like to develop more within my instruction would be preparing students to participate in assessments, and retrieving/translating and generating data from assessments.
 

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#15 of 26

Who is your greatest role model?

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My 6th grade teacher. She taught me a lot about being more than a teacher but also a role model. She allowed me to create a lesson and teach it in front of my peers and I was very excited to complete all teaching aspects of a lesson in 6th grade.
 
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Ms. Sage modeled investment in providing quality instruction through persistence and finding resources through research.
 
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The first principal I worked for as a teacher. She was patient, but firm.We knew what she expected and rose to meet her expectations. She supported us 100% and when we needed correction she was firm and forgiving at the same time. She was an authentic leader, a master teacher.
 
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My greatest role model was my teacher who taught me to be patient, organized and versitile.
 
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I have had several great role models in education over the last few years...some teachers and some administrators and I have learned many things from all of them. But, my greatest role models typically come from the students I work with. They teach me the greatest patience, courage, and resilience that I could ever hope to have.
 
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My cousin darren. He was diagnosed with autism in a young age. Darren has overcome a lot of struggle with communication and language in school. In late highschool he was nominated for homecoming court and took the star lead in his school production. He received a tremendous amount or support and interventions and continued to believe in himself to become the amazing young man he is today.
 
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My father is my greatest role model. He is an amazing Dad, friend, and teacher. He recently retired from his career of education at the university level and was able to have a very successful career as a Doctor in Theology while also emphasizing the importance of spending time with family and friends along with pursuing his interests both inside of and outside of his career.
 
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My greatest role model is Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She stood up for her sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability during a time in our history that individuals such as Rosemary were institutionalized. She started a movement that recognized the strengths and the offerings that individuals with disabilities had.
 
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My greatest role model is my mom because she gives out great tips and helped me know that special education was the career for me. I helped out in her preschool class and got to see the children with special needs thrive in their development.
 
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My daugher, she has overcome so many obstacles and keeps plugging away,
 

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#16 of 26

What do you know about our educational program?

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Your program is an inclusion based program in which students need specific supports unique to their education level changes.
 
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I know that you have a great full inclusion program that needs a special education support specialist to assist students with learning challenges and difficulties.
 
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I know that in this district we are working toward full inclusion with a co-teaching collaboration of team-teaching.
 
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I am aware that Kennewick School District achieves to increase student achievement through authentic partnerships through family and community partnerships. The district values specially designed instruction for students.
 
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I know that you do activities with the children and make crafts. You deal with special needs children and give services that help them like speech therapy and occupational therapy. You collaborate with therapists, general education teachers and parents to talk about their progress.
 
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I know your education program encompasses 2400 students roughly with 18% in the special education department.
 
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I am very familiar with the 8:1 program and the green, red and yellow behavioral and emotional program that is used. I am also familiar with the RTI classes and the routine that is asked as well as, the CT program and the study skills classes that students have.
 
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I read you handbook and I appreciate your goals. 1. Each student should be seen as an individual, 2. Not every student has the same learning style. 3. Its ok to take risks .4. Each student should love to learn and have a desire to reach their potential.
 
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The district strives for constant change and learning never stops.
 
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I know you have students who have IEP,
 

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#17 of 26

Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?

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I did progress monitoring on my students in reading and math. I also was on the Dibels monitoring team that did screening on students in reading three times a year.
 
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Progress monitoring and six minute solution programs.
 
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As a teacher you should keep all records of students academic achievements and areas of concern. I even keep documentation of parent/teacher emails and phone conversations.
 
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I do have experience observing and recording data about the classroom environment, student assessments, and social interactions.
 
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During my student teaching I kept records and documentation on all my students with IEPs in their file. I wanted to have access to their progress, especially in regards to their IEP and behavioral goals.
 
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Yes. I have used computer based programs, charting, checklists and goals. I have reported to my parents in writing notes, report cards and by documentation according to their IEPs.
 
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I am very experianced with maintaining daily documentation of all my students and parent collaboration. I use a informal behavior/academic checkilst to rate students.
 
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Yes, I progress monitor on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis depending on the needs of the students. I have parent communication logs and I send a Report of Progress on a quarterly basis to the families of my students.
 
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Yes, I have experience writing IEPs, Positive Behavior Support Plans as well as Functional Behavior Assesments. In addition, I document training plans based of task analysis for an particular skill that the student is working on.
 
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I have some experience maintaining documentation on children. I wrote down when children took naps, ate food and needed diaper changes.
 

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#18 of 26

How would you describe your passion for teaching children?

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My favorite course in college was cooperating traching.
 
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My favorite course in college were Instructional Strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Inclusionary Practices.
 
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My favorite class was multicultural education class. It helped to think out of the box in creating lessons that addressed everyones background.
 
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My favorite course in college was Observation and Planning assessment because I got to spend time in a preschool observing children.
 
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My favorite course in College would be Observation and Planning because I got to observe children in a program.
 
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My favorite course in college was Ethics 101 with Dr. Mackenzie. Not only was my professor energetic and brilliant, he allowed for us, the students to be in charge of our own learning and when we held debates on current topics, we had the opportunity to run the class. Besides the independence that he taught, I really began to understand the importance of valuing others opinions and respecting differences. That is why I feel special education is a perfect fit for me because within one classroom there is going to be a wide range of differences and there are going to be a wide range of opinions.
 
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My emotional disturbance class. I learned a lot in that class.
 
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History of religion due to the great discussions and debates.
 
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I am 53 I got my degree/certification.
 
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Since Kindergarten I have had my passion for teaching. I have always wanted to help children reach their full potential. Seeing a child get that lightbulb moment gives me goosebumps. I want to be the one who helps that light go off for each student.
 

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#19 of 26

How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?

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It takes a team to education students and special needs students are no exception. I would include as many professionals in my class as possible to give my students the best program they can have. Mentor teachers can help support with ideals to create a positive education experience.
 
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Working cooperatively and creating an excellent learning atmosphere is key to being a teacher. Discussing lessons and creating ideas together that will enhance students learning will be a successful teacher and classroom.
 
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Collaboration is an ongoing respect based relationship in which we learn to work together using our strengths to maximize student progress.
 
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I would listen to there concerns they have and go over all of the IEP goals and accommodations that would help the student achieve more successfully and give a inservice/ suggestions using a power point or handout. Open communication with all personel involved.
 
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A fundamental piece of education and special education is the need to collaborate with faculty members. I plan to work closely with the faculty to increase opportunities for students within my classroom to mainstream and interact with students and teachers within the larger school wide community. These opportunities are extremely important not only for myself and my students but also for other faculty and students within the elementary school. By creating these opportunities, my students will have a larger sense of belonging within there school wide community.
 
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I will meet with the other staff involved on the IEP. Reach out in person through email to see how the student is doing in class, and what help they may need if academics is down or behavior is low.
 
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I will give them tips on how to handle bad behaviors. I will help them modify assignments for the special needs children. I will communicate a lot and be a asset on helping them out.
 
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I will be sure to address the staff that my students will be working with by holding a meeting and discussing the needs of each student and items that will be important for the teachers to know while working with each student. I will also be sure to state clearly my strategies to ensure success so that as team we can work together to help each student be successful.
 
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I will meet with the other teachers, I will also make myself available as a resource for my co-workers.
 
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I would love to work as team and share information and ideas.
 

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#20 of 26

When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?

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After spending several years as an aide, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher of this special group of students.
 
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At 8 yrs old after learning about a neighbor born with downs.
 
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When working as an assistant in a behavioral classroom. I decided to go back to school to get my special education degree.
 
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When I worked in the Public Schools as an aid, I found out that I love being with the children who have special needs. I heard a child refer to the teacher one day as the "one who makes the hard things easy." It was then that I decided I want to be that teacher.
 
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I realized it when I started working with students in the Special Olympics.
 
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I realized I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher after becoming a Student Helper to a child with Autism. I worked closely with the child, developed progress monitoring and instructional tools to assist the student.
 
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I did a long term substitute teacher position and I was successful at it. I loved working with the students and the aides. I had learned a lot from that position and felt that I could contribute my skills and talent best through it.
 
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was getting my Masters in Teaching. My Masters thesis was working with At Risk Youth--teaching using Authentic Instruction. I made great connections with the students who were in my practicum classes of US History and American Government. I saw them blossom when I used their strengths to learn the subject at hand.
 
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher was when I helped out in the preschool. I saw how they developed in their learning and did a lot of hands on activities.
 
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was a preschool aide for special needs children. I like watching them thrive in their developmental skills and watching them smile when they get it right.
 

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#21 of 26

To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?

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I am flexible as I have worked with students with a variety of special needs and I really enjoy tailoring instruction, matching tools, and collaborating to support different levels of students.
 
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Learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders. They are the ones who need to be understood and they are as unique as a fingerprint. Solutions also need to be unique.
 
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I was interested in working with all students who had difficulties in learning. I wanted to help students alternative ways in dealing with there disabilities.
 
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I like most every area of special education. In my experience, my favorite class has been the life skills class I was teaching.
 
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I am most attracted to students with autism because assisting this population toward self-sufficiency is very inspiring.
 
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The more severely disabled. It seems they are forgotten or overlooked because of a disability. Their minds may be strong but because they lack a way to communicate effectively they cant let us know what they are thinking. I want to help them contribute and live their lives to the fullest.
 
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I truly enjoy helping students in resource room as well as teaching functional skills.
 
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The specific area of special education I am attracted to is the physical disabilities. They are special and can do things that surprise you. The joy on their face when they accomplish something makes my day.
 
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The specific area I am most attracted to is physical disabilities. I like to watch the children in wheelchairs and walkers go through their development and see them accomplish things they never have before.
 
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I have spent time with students with learning disorders, behavior issues, ADHD, ADD, mental handicaps, autism and many other challenges. I am attracted to helping students reach their potential. I was overwhelmed when a non-verbal student with autism finally said hello to me and I was inspired when a boy who struggles with ADHD showed up to school with his homework completed.
 

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#22 of 26

What are your 2 greatest strengths?

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Organizational skills and determination to level the field for my students to succeed.
 
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I am reflective in order to provide the best supports I can and I follow through on a daily basis.
 
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Collaboration with the team including the parents, and problem solving.
 
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I believe I am very good at building positive and successful working relationship. I am also highly organized.
 
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Collabaration and differentiation.
 
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Hard worker nad flexilble love working with kids.
 
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My greatest strengths are flexibility and professionalism.
 
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yup
 
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I am hard worker puncutal flexible.
 
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I lifted a car once and another time picked up a grand piano
 

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#23 of 26

What exposures have you had in Teaching?

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I have taught 2 yearsin a public school.
 
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Student teaching in a Humanities classroom combining Language Arts, Geology, Geography, and Science in projects utilizing a standards based proficiency system and a high school art in grades 10-12. I have been a long term special education substitute as well as repeat substitute focusing on special educatin classrooms where I built significant relationships with students and staff to witness progress as well as tutoring students with special needs and volunteering.
 
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I had been exposed to a variety of academic settings. I started out teaching in a non public sector working with EBD students and then went to a public sector -RSP and finally SDC -EBD self contained environment.
 
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I have worked with Learning Support and Regular Education Teachers when I was a Student Helper in an elementary school. I worked as an Instructional Aide in an Emotional Support Classroom; K - 2nd grade, at the High School Level as an Instructional Aide in Inclusion Classrooms, as a Reading Specialist Aide at the elementary level, and as an Itinerant Special Education Teacher at the High School level.
 
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I have been teaching indivdiduals with disabilities for over 18 years and I am a tutor as well as substitute teacher.
 
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I was a cadet teacher and helped the children with assignments and made activities. I am an AmeriCorps member that supervises the children at recess and helps the presenters with the activities they are doing. I was also a preschool aide that incorporated technology into lessons like the alphabet and colors.
 
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As a new graduate, my most extensive teaching has been during student teaching.
 
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I was substitute teacher for one year, a learning support paraprofessional for 6 years, a emotional support paraprofessional for one year, am a SpellRead teacher, and a Sunday school teacher.
 
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Test giving, differentated instruction, small group read,
 
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I have had the pleasure to teach kindergarten for 2 years in Illinois. I have also taught preschool age children for 3 years. I was a paraprofessional for 2 years and am currently a 1:1 aide for a boy who has adhd.
 

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#24 of 26

What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?

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I like seeing my students achieve. Oftentimes, our students are left out and seeing them progress is a great reward.
 
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The ability to work with all studnets in a full inclusion setting and teach valuable life coping skills.
 
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I will like seeing student confidence, performance, and achievement increase when specially designed instruction and modifications are given in order to assist the students in succeeding.
 
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Being able to make a difference is the lives of those who have a disability.
 
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I will love seeing the children develop in their learning and accomplish things they never have before.
 
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I will like seeing how special needs children make friends and thrive in their development.
 
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Enabling students with a variety of learning difficulties.
 
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Helping students reach their goal. playing apart in a students success.
 
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Teaching and working with the students. I love it when a student "gets it" and they learning that new task that they have been working on so hard.
 
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I think I will like most is getting to know the children, helping them with their work, listening to their stories, and being proud of them when they do well or at least try to do well.
 

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#25 of 26

How would friends describe you?

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go and ask them
 
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Friends would describe me as caring, compassionate, helpful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable and determined.
 
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I am tenacious in regards to what I am passionate about. I may be a bit reserve at first--taking everything all in, before I take the big leap. I am an advocate for family, friends and those who are work with.
 
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My friends would describe me as caring, dependable, reliable and honest. I am a great organizer and that I love children.
 
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They would describe me as positive and hard working.
 
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My friends would describe me as energetic, happy, passionate, punctual and a go getter.
 
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My friends would describe me as kind, empathic, and brave.
 
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Friends would describe me as hilarious, comforting, religious, a true friend, someone is there in a heart beat when needed, and giving.
 
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My friends would describe me as passionate about what I do, loving, caring, patient and a great listener.
 
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My friends would describe me as kind, loyal and passionate.
 

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#26 of 26

Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?

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I had my friend son who is autistic and i do volunteer at my kids school.
 
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Every single one has inspired me. Their tenacity and strength. Their individuality and resiliance. And their big hearts. Awe inspiring.
 
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Yes. I was working as an aide
 
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Chanel, a friend of the family, has been hesitent to learn new things due to confidence but I loved seeing her learn to take risks.
 
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Yes, a had a student who was verbal and had severe difficulties with getting along with others. I helped him overcome these challanges and he went on to graduate with a diploma.
 
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Yes, my first student when I began to work for the district as a one-on-one inspired me to want to work in this field as a Special Education Teacher.
 
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Yes, Big Jim. He always had a great attitude no matter the situation. He made you want to help him. I strive to be the kind of teacher that kids want to help. The lessons are for the students but if they feel needed and important, that sense of purpose carries them a long way when things get tough.
 
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Yes, she had cerebral palsy and she was always smiling. She enjoyed her time at camp.
 
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I nanny a young boy with ADD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, and severe anger. Working with him has given me a whole new outlook on education and teaching, and has taught me many new strategies for self-regulation and monitoring his own behavior/anger.
 
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Yes, there was. a student at my current job hard a time socializing with other students. he worked really hard at being a person with better self co....,
 
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