1. What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
I am committed and I genuinely care that students are learning to use their unique skill base and grow in their confidence to become independent learners capable of applying learning tools.
I have a unique way in taching differientiated instruction to all students and find a variety of educational activities that allows all students to be engaged in learning.
I believe my desire to see students succeed, not only academically, but personally makes me effective at teaching special needs students.
First and foremost, I enjoy working with children. Second of all, I want to help children with special needs achieve their goals and become members of their community.
I have the ability to differentiate my lessons in order to accommodate the various learning styles in my classroom. By utilizing Universal Design learning, I can ensure that my classroom meets the needs of all my students through the use of technology, classroom arrangements and a variety of tools to accommodate my students.
2. What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time with my family and friends whenever I have free time.
During my freetime, i do things which is very important in my life.
I enjoying a variety of activities that allows e to help people.
Spend time with my family and friends. Read , garden, walk.
Spending time with my husband and special ed son Josh is most imortant to me.We enjoy simple plesures making dinner, walks and viewing movies.In the summer we tent camp for a week.
3. What was your most difficult course in college?
A very fast paced research class in which my computer broke down.
I would say Kinesiology because I needed to develop a system for remebering names of bones/muscles.
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.
Geometry. But I asked for help and learned to use tools to get the answers you needed.
Geometry until I learn the tools needed to understand the problems.
4. How will you be able to help other faculty members with special needs students?
I will able to help them make accommodations and modifications to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities.
By understanding and hearing their concerns, sharing IEP goals, information regarding the students' disability, ask how I can help collaborate with modifications of work or ensuring accommodations are being provided, doing my best to provide literature and research regarding the disability, work with the student on procedures and policies for the general education teacher.
Tell them he is your friend work as a team member.
I would be able to helpnother teachers by providing assitcne t
I would go over the students IEP goals with them and collaborate with them on what accommodations/ modifications the students needs to be successful in a full inclusion setting. I would provide a brief power point/handout on differentiated instruction.
5. How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
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 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.
Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed 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.
6. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
I would have gone to college after high school rather than 20 years later.
If I could do anything different in my education I would continue to go to workshops improve on and learning new teaching skills.
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.
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.
Have more communication to developmy interestsand areasof strenths.
7. How do you handle yourself under stress?
Being able to stay calm and find ways of handling a hard situation is key.
It depends on the stituation, but I always try to remain calm and get a grip on the situation and solve the problem.
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.
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.
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.
8. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
Patience, understanding, organization and a sense of humor.
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.
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.
9. Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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.
What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next five years?
I had one customer she iwas yelling i tried every thig with her then i call my manager.
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.
10. What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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.
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.
Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
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.
When I started working with a child with ASD as my first job.
12. Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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.
Yes, talk person through what is happening, and give support to him/her.
Use a quite voice and try to remove them from the situation or a time out for them to calm down.
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!
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.
13. Why should we hire you?
Because I love children.
1. I am very intuitive and observant. 2. Based on my observation, I can make changes and be flexible.
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.
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.
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.
14. How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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.
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.
All students can have moments when there behavior is challanging. The key is to find out why the behavior is occuring and when.
Every student can be difficult at some time. The key is to look beyond the actions and find the reason.
I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
15. What are your 2 weakest points?
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.
My inability to speak spanish fluently and working too long of hours at times.
Not being fluent in spanish and
Big heart and.
Perfectionist to the point of exhaustion at times and sometimes I let my heart lead.
16. How often do you partake in social activities?
I am involved in social activites that supports my school and community.
I like to take part in some social activity at least twice a week. I find it important to balance work and family life, so that I can make sure that I can bring the best of me to both.
I partake in social activities three times a week.
I partake in social activities on a daily basis. This year I have had the privilege to be a coach for track and field. This position has required me to coach students in 7-8 5-6 days a week.
I partake in social activities on a daily basis. This year I have had the privilege to be a coach for track and field. This position has required me to coach students in 7-8 5-6 days a week.
17. Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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.
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
Iep is an individualized educational plan.
Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
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 .
18. Who is your greatest role model?
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.
Ms. Sage modeled investment in providing quality instruction through persistence and finding resources through research.
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.
My greatest role model was my teacher who taught me to be patient, organized and versitile.
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.
19. How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
My favorite course in college was cooperating traching.
My favorite course in college were Instructional Strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Inclusionary Practices.
My favorite class was multicultural education class. It helped to think out of the box in creating lessons that addressed everyones background.
My favorite course in college was Observation and Planning assessment because I got to spend time in a preschool observing children.
My favorite course in College would be Observation and Planning because I got to observe children in a program.
20. Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
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.
Progress monitoring and six minute solution programs.
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.
I do have experience observing and recording data about the classroom environment, student assessments, and social interactions.
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.
21. What do you know about our educational program?
Your program is an inclusion based program in which students need specific supports unique to their education level changes.
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.
I know that in this district we are working toward full inclusion with a co-teaching collaboration of team-teaching.
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.
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.
22. How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
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.
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.
Collaboration is an ongoing respect based relationship in which we learn to work together using our strengths to maximize student progress.
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.
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.
23. When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
After spending several years as an aide, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher of this special group of students.
At 8 yrs old after learning about a neighbor born with downs.
When working as an assistant in a behavioral classroom. I decided to go back to school to get my special education degree.
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.
I realized it when I started working with students in the Special Olympics.
24. To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
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.
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.
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.
I like most every area of special education. In my experience, my favorite class has been the life skills class I was teaching.
I am most attracted to students with autism because assisting this population toward self-sufficiency is very inspiring.
25. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
Organizational skills and determination to level the field for my students to succeed.
I am reflective in order to provide the best supports I can and I follow through on a daily basis.
Collaboration with the team including the parents, and problem solving.
I believe I am very good at building positive and successful working relationship. I am also highly organized.
Collabaration and differentiation.
26. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a Special Educator?
Not being able to see all the successful moments students have in a full inclusion setting.
I like being able to see students achieve. Often times, special education students are left out and being able to see them progress is a great reward.
Nothing...I look forward to the rewards of seeing my students achieve.
I want to see every student succeed in some way, no matter how big or small. If I fail to see that happen, despite my sincere best efforts, I will take that very seriously.
nothing i love kids
27. What exposures have you had in Teaching?
I have taught 2 yearsin a public school.
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.
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.
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.
I have been teaching indivdiduals with disabilities for over 18 years and I am a tutor as well as substitute teacher.
28. What do you do in your spare time?
Genetically modify goats
Read historical novels and/or take care of household duties.
Enjoy time with my kids.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, learn, exercise and do various crafts.
In my spare time, I enjoy family time, volunteer as youth sports coach, I am avid reader, follower of college basketball and enjoy competitive activities.
29. What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
I like seeing my students achieve. Oftentimes, our students are left out and seeing them progress is a great reward.
The ability to work with all studnets in a full inclusion setting and teach valuable life coping skills.
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.
Being able to make a difference is the lives of those who have a disability.
I will love seeing the children develop in their learning and accomplish things they never have before.
30. How would friends describe you?
go and ask them
Friends would describe me as caring, compassionate, helpful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable and determined.
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.
My friends would describe me as caring, dependable, reliable and honest. I am a great organizer and that I love children.
They would describe me as positive and hard working.
31. Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
I had my friend son who is autistic and i do volunteer at my kids school.
Every single one has inspired me. Their tenacity and strength. Their individuality and resiliance. And their big hearts. Awe inspiring.
Yes. I was working as an aide
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.
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.