Ms. Morales has obtained the following educational background to become the well rounded individual she is,
2000 University of Texas/Region 20 Teacher Certification
1998 Our Lady of the Lake University Masters of Social Work
1997 Our Lady of the Lake Bachelors of Social Work
1996 San Antonio College Associates of Criminal Justice
1989 San Antonio College Associates Applied Science (Business Technology).
Being fluent in English/Spanish, and being sensitive to the special needs of a multicultural population, Ms. Morales enjoys being a part of the learning experiences and opportunities of the diverse student population.
Ms. Elsa Morales believes that by continuing her own professional growth, she can enhance the learning opportunities of the diverse student body. It is also her belief that every student can learn. It is the responsibility of the students, parents, faculty and staff to share in the teaching process. Ms. Morales also believe that every one should be treated with respect.
It is Elsa Morales responsibility to provide special education students with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to student ability levels. Work in self-contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned.
Special Knowledge/Skills are needed in assigned areas of instruction. It is important to have knowledge of the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD)Committee process and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goal setting process and implementation, as well as, general knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
Experience and Internship have been served in the Edgewood I.S.D. community.
Ms. Morales also bring eighteen years of experience and knowledge in working at San Antonio College.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Instructional Strategies include the following,
- Collaborating with students, parents, and other members of our staff/specialists to develop IEPs through the ARD Committee process for each student .
- Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required.
- Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of learning styles and needs of students assigned.
- Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modify regular curricula as needed and assist special education students in mainstream classes with assignments.
- Participate in ARD Committee meetings on a regular basis.
- Conduct assessment of student learning styles and user results to plan for instructional activities.
- Present subject matter according to guidelines established by an IEP.
- Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each student assigned.
- Plan and supervise assignments for teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s).
- Use technology in teaching/learning process.
Student Growth and Development - Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing. Provide or supervise personal care, medical care, and feeding of students as stated in IEP. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned. Sponsor outside activities approved by campus principal. Be a positive role model for students; support the mission of the school district.
Classroom Management and Organization - Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students. Manage student behavior and administer discipline. This includes intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining students as necessary according to IEP. Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of student behavior according to IEP. Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of students. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities. Assist in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
Communication - Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues,students, parents, and community members. Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
Other - Continue to participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills. Keep informed of and comply with federal, state,district, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers. Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.