Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Special Education Teacher interview
This is a great time to give an example of a time you have been recognized or complimented on your dependability.
"The parents of my students know that I'm always available to them between 7 AM and 7PM on weekdays. I'm very consistent. If they call me at that time with any questions or concerns, I pick up immediately if I'm not in class. If I can address them within 5 minutes, I do so. Otherwise, I ask them to send me an email if it's not urgent. No matter what, I'll get back to them within 2 days. I consider it my personal duty to make sure the parents feel that they can depend on me because it's hard enough to raise a child with disabilities, they need a teacher who's responsive and caring."
Basic answer example
"In my current role I have had colleagues comment quite frequently that they are happy they can rely on me to be at work, complete what I say that I will, and fill in where necessary. I am a strong team player and will absolutely cover work for a colleague if asked. I also have perfect attendance in my current position."
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How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed through.
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.
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.
I am always early to work instead of on time. Being early is on time and being on time is late.
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.
I am punctual and flexible. I try to work with all parties as much as possible.
I am punctual, have a great attendance record, I make my deadlines, and reliable in my offering of assistance to another colleague.
I am always there when you need me. I arrive early so I know where I am supposed to be.
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.
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.
I have been told by my supervisors that I can be depended upon and to engage students in learning.
I realize people rely on each employee to complete their job at the best of their ability each and everyday.
I always show up to work on time and finish my reports in a timely manner.
I was always available. Came to school early, left late.
The number of sick days I have accumulated in 12 years.
Throughout college I worked my schedule so that I could work at Malt-O-Meal back in my hometown every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and all breaks during college.
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I am the most frequently requested paraprofessional at our school. The teachers know I do a good job and will not let them down.
I get to work on time, I am a "team player". I cooperate with faculty, and I am easy to speak to.
You can count on me to meet a deadline and to get things done in a timely manner.
I have never been late to work or missed a day. I've never called in sick to any job I ever had. I am always present at PD meetings or anything else school related. I am also always available to help students or co-workers whenever they need it.
I can illustrate my dependability to you by noting my consistency in arriving early to work in all of my previous positions.
I am never late, if anything I always try to be at least 15-20 minutes early for any type of appointment. If I know that I will not be on time or unable to make an appointment, I definitely call somebody within the time frame expected.
I hate being late. I will do what ever it takes to be a good sped teacher.
You can call my Principal, my CT when I student taught, the teachers that I work with on a daily basis,
my job is my priority, I will do the best.
Productivity, working with out supervision, attention to detail.
During my student teaching, I was always there almost a half an hour earlier than my cooperating teacher. I was always ahead of deadlines for my UM and other assignments. I am not the type of person who needs constant supervision. I am motivated and will complete all assignments ahead of schedule.
I urge you to speak to my references and hear from them how I am always on time, I am always willing to help anyone who needs help and take on all challenges with a smile.
Ive been a team player my entire life. Some teams, I was the strongest player, 100% in to motivating the team and helping us work hard through practices. Some teams, I was one of the weaker players (sports that I wasnt as strong at) I would find what I needed to work with and get as much extra practice as possible. Throughout all of my teams I always found a way to be an assets to the team. Even if I was not the strongest the team knew the could depend on me by working my hardest and trying to make the team better in every way possible.
I don't give up until the task at hand is completed. I enjoy working collaboratively and like to see our efforts grow.
I have a very strong work ethic. I will be available to my students and peers outside of class time. I make sure that I am prepared for every meeting and have reached out to the appropriate people as needed.
I attend every meeting and respond to every email, and if their was a reason I couldn't do those things, I would hold myself accountable to respond or get you the materials you need as soon as I would be able to.
I work purposely eliminate obstacles of my students' learning. I want them become successful.
One time I did not do what I said I was going to do. After, the situation I felt terrible. I now like to.
I am very responsible because of the fact that I am a parent I know how important I am to these students and parents.
I am conscientious, hardworking, rarely take a day off and am always prepared.
I am a very organized person and I like to have things done ahead of time. I always have back up plans in case something were to change as is often does in a special education setting. I have dreamed of becoming a teacher since I was in middle school so now that I am done staying home with my children, I am committed to putting my heart and effort into my teaching career.
I am a very dependable person. I always arrive to work early. I make sure I see each task through completion in a timely manner.
In my current place of employment, it was.
I'm one of the first to arrive at school everyday. I am never late, to school or meetings.
I worked here for 6 years and every job.
I have great time management skills. I'm always on time and show up early to everything. I'm alway available to collaborate.
I always show up to work on time and only call in when I'm really sick.
Bacvk to work 3 weeks after surgery.
I am a punctual person, and I try my best to manage work and my personal life. I also utilize my google calander/desk blotter to write down important appointments such as IEP meetings, etc.
I try to come to come to work daily, for my students, it's important that you establish a continuity with your students.
When I commit to something I whole heartily commit to it. I have high expectations and following through with tasks and relationships is very important to me. I volunteered as an assistant coach for special Olympics in Kent county every Friday I would drive back from Mt. Pleasant to Grand Rapids to coach the women’s team.
Time management is one thing that I pride myself on. When it comes to creating IEPs, I try to create them at least a week in advance so I have time to look over them and really know what's in them. Being punctual to meetings, professional development programs, and other things is one of my greatest strengths.
I am extremely dependable. When I say I'm going to do something, I do it. I am always prompt, on time, and prepared for the day.
I have taught varies grade levels and have adapted or modified my teaching for all different student's disabilities.
I am extremely reliable and dependable. I can say that I have never missed a scheduled meeting at school. I know that I am part of a team effort and its important for me to be dependable as part of a puzzle piece/