I would like to welcome our parents, students, guardians, and the community.
I am a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University. I obtained my teacher certification through Region 20 and completed coursework at the University of Texas in San Antonio.
It is my belief that every student can learn. It is the responsibility of the students, parents, faculty and staff to share in the teaching process. I also believe that every one should be treated with respect. As a whole, we should have a cohesive committment to John F. Kennedy.
It is my 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 andimplementation, as well as, general knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
Experience and Internship have been served in the Edgewood I.S.D. community.
I also bring eighteen years of experience and knowledge in working at San Antonio College.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Instructional Strategies include the following, - Collaborate with students, parents, and other membersof staff to develop IEP through the ARD Committee process for each studentassigned. - Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skilldevelopment program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required. - Plan and use appropriate instructional and learningstrategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding ofthe learning styles and needs of students assigned. - Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modifyregular curricula as needed and assist special education students in regularclasses with assignments. - Participate in ARD Committee meetings on a regularbasis. - Conduct assessment of student learning styles and useresults to plan for instructional activities. - Present subject matter according to guidelinesestablished by IEP. - Employ a variety of instructional techniques and mediato meet the needs and capabilities of each student assigned. - Plan and supervise assignments for teacher aide(s) andvolunteer(s).
- Use technology in teaching/learning process.
Student Growth and Development - Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievementthrough formal and informal testing. Provide or supervise personal care, medical care, andfeeding of students as stated in IEP. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities asassigned. Sponsor outside activities approved by campus principal. Be a positive role model for students; support missionof school district.
Classroom Management and Organization - Create classroom environment conducive to learning andappropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students. Manage student behavior and administer discipline. Thisincludes intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining studentsas necessary according to IEP. Consult with classroom teachers regarding management ofstudent behavior according to IEP. Consult district and outside resource people regardingeducation, social, medical, and personal needs of students. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions toprotect students, equipment, materials, and facilities. Assist in selection of books, equipment, and otherinstructional materials.
Communication - Establish and maintain open communication by conductingconferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues,students, parents, and community members. Use effective communication skills to presentinformation 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 andcomputerized reports, records, and other documents required. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve onstaff committees as required.