I have worked in education for 13 years. Three years in public schools as an Education Specialist and 10 in a private sector. After teaching at a Christian school, I then was recruited as Director of Children's Ministry. I also started a business at during that time. I managed our business with my husband (one mine and one his) while coordinating the Sunday School program, nursery to sixth grade for two church service periods. My responsibilities included assisted the director, scheduling staff, evaluating and ordering curriculum that aligned with our church doctrine, as well as training volunteers, planning and preparing for Sunday’s lessons.
Managing business, family and a leadership position at my church was the turning point in my professional development. While this wasn’t the teaching position I envisioned myself in, I was able to teach, lead, run a business and enjoy time with my babies. In 2010 I was offered the position of Director of Children’s Ministry for a new church in Solana Beach. In this position, I learned how a team of people can turn a conversation into a leadership board with a vision, mission and plan to grow and serve the community.
In 2013, I began earning my Education Specialist Credential and teaching a Mild/Moderate Special Day Class of third, fourth and fifth graders. After two years I transferred sites, but continue to teach the same grade levels.
As a professional interest, I embarked on my own professional development of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), joined Association of Positive Behavior Support to access conferences, webinars and resources to better support my students and school. I assumed the role of Positive Discipline Committee leader at my previous site and planning to develop the a Teacher Support Network for positive behavior and student engagement this year at my new site.
11/14/2016 01:02:51 pm
With that little tweet in your belief statement it reads so much stronger, well done. I liked the beginning of your personal story because it really connected to the importance of relationships in a quality education. I think you missed an opportunity in the middle of your second paragraph to reconnect with that relationship need in discussing the need to ensure kids with IEPs are not excluded from opportunities to develop those same quality relationships with their non disabled peers and with their teachers. I would then suggest, that the need for these quality relationships has touched you as a parent whose child...The way you addressed being soled as a special education teacher seemed to invite a different can of worms that could be problematic in an interview , I would simply have stated. Quality education requires effective opportunities and supports for constructive relationships to develop amounts all of the students and staff in our schools regardless of our labels our specializations. That diversity adds to our richness, and we must recognize that and foster it. As for your professional experience section, the perspective and tone needs to switch from telling the story of your job changes to a description of the jobs you've held. It starts with a simple summary statement. I've been in education for --years. I have worked ( the share grade range, subject range) and list job titles. Then you can go on to quickly list other relevant professional experience and details about jobs you've held and special responsibilities you've been afforded. The most important thing here is you are not telling your story, you are sharing your job experience and skill set to present your credibility for the next position/responsibility you might seek. This section needs some work, starting with your broad summary statements.
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