Degrees and Certifications:
Standard Texas Educator Certificate Special Education Grades EC-12, Core Subjects Grades 4-8, English as a Second Language Supplemental Grades EC-12 Valid from 08/03/2017 to 10/31/2022 UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, Cayey, PR B.A. in Secondary Education in English with coursework on Special Education (May 2011) GPA 4.0 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, Orlando, FL Graduate Coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 2013) GPA 3.75 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN ARLINGTON, Arlington, TX M. Ed Curriculum and Instruction GPA: 3.78
My core belief is that all students not only have the ability to learn, but that deep within, all humans have the innate desire to learn. However, in order to manifest that desire for learning, children must first feel like they belong, and they need to know that they are in a safe setting to do so. Building a classroom family and a sense of belonging in my learning communities is my number one priority at the beginning of each school year. I facilitate this process by using growth mindset lessons along with the Positive Discipline model for behavior management.
In addition, learners also need for progress and growth to be achievable. Teachers in their role as facilitators can provide this by using differentiation strategies and scaffolding techniques. My teaching practice is characterized by a model that puts its focus on student interaction and collaboration, developing critical thinking skills, direct teaching of problem solving and learning strategies, student-led and student-centered learning, small group instruction, and scaffolding. I use the SIOP model to ensure that ELLs get access to the content, embed accommodations and modifications for students with SPED needs to be served equality in class, and minimize teacher whole class lecture to 15 minutes so, that most of the learning takes place through student collaboration, student centered experiences, and guided practice. When teaching, I use the following progression: (1) mini-lesson, (2) guided practice in small groups or pairs, and (3) independent practice.
Since the beginning of my journey I have had the experience of teaming up with wonderful professionals, families, and students to achieve learner progress and success. I have gotten to
teach children from Pre-K all the way to eight-grade in the general education curriculum, resource services, in-class support, co-teaching services, and in self-contained environments.
In addition, I have presented Professional Development (PD) sessions on Positive Behavior Interventions to foster Behavior Education in the general education classroom and Scaffolding
Middle School Math for Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom at District Level PD events. I know that these past experiences have helped me develop the skills and knowledge that I want to contribute to your organization and learning community. I possess a B.A. in Secondary Education. I have also completed a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy Studies (Reading, ESL, Instructional Coaching).44
In selecting my reading passages and creating writing opportunities for students I pay close attention to:
+ selecting multicultural passages
+ incorporating authors from diverse backgrounds in my curriculum
+ promoting critical thinking skills
+ generating relevant and authentic writing activities
+ creating lessons linked to topics related to Sciences and Social Studies
Please feel free to reach out via email. I typically reply within 12 hours. Also, I encourage all caregivers and students to stay on top of Skyward Gradebook, The Weekly Classroom Newsletter here, and Google Classroom.
Yours in education,
Special Education ELAR Teacher/ Dyslexia Teacher