Specialized Training - Professional Development
As an educator I recognize the value in life long learning. The items listed below are evidence of this belief.
Standard First Aid & Level C CPR
Routinely teachers are the only adult in the room charged with the care of 30 students. Not all classrooms can be located near the office, and therefore it is my belief that educators should have first response training. The caregivers of my students have placed their child in my trust and I must be able to provide for all their needs, including first aid.
American Sign Language
When I was an Educational Assistant, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with a deaf student. The year that I worked with this student helped me to grow as an educator, and provided me the opportunity to learn a new skill. I took my American Sign Language (ASL) level I, in 2007 in anticipation of working with this student. I paid for and drove an hour once a week to take this course. In 2009 I was assigned as an assistant to the student requiring sign language, at this time my school paid for my course and sent me with two other assistants, there was enough resources to allow me to complete Level I and Level II. ASL is a skill I use in my classroom, and with my family.
As an Educational Assistant I had the opportunity to work with Exceptional Students. While I enjoy working with all students, take a particular interest in students who are on the Autistic Disorder Spectrum including, including students with Asperger's. As a result I pursued professional development in this area.
Non-violent Crisis Intervention
Unfortunately a reality of the job is there is a chance that violent behaviours may happen. As an assistant I worked with students who had Oppositional Defiant Disorder, these as well as other students may erupt with violence. While my certificate is stale dated, the information and skills I received are not. I was able to put these skills to use during my internship, when two 16 year-old boys started a fight in my classroom - as per my training, I hollered at the boys (I was instructed that the one who looks up after being yelled at wants out of the fight). When I hollered the fighting actually stopped and I was able to deal with them.