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Taylor Forest 1

4081 Phillips Ave • Berkley, MI • 48072


phone: 810.824.8277 • e m a i l : t a y l o r f o r e s t @ y m a i l . c o m • t a y l o r f o r e s t . w e e b l y . c o m

TAYLOR FOREST

OBJECTIVE

To obtain a position as a special education teacher teaching students with exceptionalities in a


student-centered learning environment in which all students’ needs are met through
differentiated and individualized instruction.

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Special Education August, 2017


Endorsement – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
GPA 4.0/4.0

Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate Internship Program April, 2016


Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
GPA 4.0/4.0

Bachelor of Arts, with Honor, Special Education May, 2015


Endorsement – Learning Disabilities
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
GPA 3.7/4.0

Highly qualified to teach: all content areas in elementary education grades K-5, language arts
grades k-8, special education- learning disabilities K-12, special education- autism spectrum
disorders K-12

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ferndale Lower Elementary School, Ferndale, Michigan August, 2017 - Present
K-2 Self-Contained/Resource ASD Classroom
• Planned, differentiated and taught lessons in mathematics and literacy based on Essential
Elements, science, social studies and Social Emotional Learning
• Responsible for 6 students with various disabilities: ASD, CI, SXI
• Fed through feeding tube, toileted students
• Managed, oversaw and supervised paraprofessional schedules and expectations
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• Communicated and collaborated with staff regarding specific students each day
• Completed paperwork and meetings related to IEPs and student’s individual needs
• Communicated and collaborated with parents regarding student progress

Lincoln Middle School, Warren, Michigan August, 2016 – June, 2017


6 grade resource room
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• Planned, differentiated and taught lessons in mathematics and literacy based on district
and Common Core State Standards
• Co-taught in 7th and 8th grade mathematics classes
• Implemented behavior plans for students
• Communicated and collaborated with staff regarding specific students each day
• Completed paperwork and meetings related to IEPs and student’s individual needs
• Communicated and collaborated with parents regarding student progress
• Administered NWEA tests in the areas of mathematics and reading

Lincoln Middle School, Warren, Michigan May, 2016 – June, 2016


Long-term substitute, 6th grade resource room
• Planned, differentiated and taught lessons in mathematics and literacy based on district
and Common Core State Standards
• Co-taught in 8th grade mathematics class
• Implemented behavior plans for students
• Communicated and collaborated with staff regarding specific students throughout each
day
• Administered NWEA tests in the areas of mathematics and reading

Plumbrook Elementary School, Sterling Heights, Michigan April, 2016


Long-term Substitute, 3rd-5th grade PO/HI classroom
• Planned, differentiated and taught lessons to multiple students
• Responsible for creating lesson plans based on past plans from teacher
• Worked closely with physical therapist, speech and language pathologists and Para
educators to meet the needs of all students

Richard J. Duncan Elementary School, Utica, Michigan January, 2016 – April, 2016
Intern in second grade inclusive general education classroom
• Planned, differentiated and lead-taught lessons in core subjects areas based on district
and Common Core State Standards
• Prepared classroom at the beginning of the school year
• Participated in parent-teacher conferences throughout the entire year
• Completed assessments, gathered and analyzed data on students
• Implemented behavior plans for students
• Administered formal, informal and dynamic assessments on students
• Participated in the school’s grade-level meetings, core data team meetings and was
member of school improvement team
• Communicated and collaborated with staff
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Richard J. Duncan Elementary School, Utica, Michigan August, 2015 – December, 2015
Intern in kindergarten – 4th grade resource room
• Planned, differentiated and individualized lessons based upon students specific needs
• Participated in Child Study Team, MET meetings and IEP meetings
• Developed PLAAF goals and objectives for student’s IEPs
• Communicated and collaborated with staff regarding specific students throughout each
day
• Responsible for morning and afternoon bus duty
• Participated in the school’s grade-level meetings, core data team meetings and was
member of the school improvement team

Teaching-Related Experience

7th and 8th Grade Softball Coach April, 2016 – May, 2016
• Held softball tryouts
• Facilitated practice and games for 7 weeks
• Communicated with players, coaches and parents

Substitute Teacher with PESG August, 2015 – June, 2016


• Responsible for classroom management and implementation of the teacher’s instruction
plans

Private Math Tutor January, 2016 – May, 2016


• Provide private instruction in a one-on-one setting with 3rd grade student
• Designed lessons to teach student based on current academic progress
• Communicated with student’s parents and teacher regarding student’s progress

Tutor of Person with Autism February, 2016 – July, 2016


• Provide private instruction in a one-on-one setting with 2nd grade student
• Designed lessons to teach student based on current academic progress
• Communicated with student’s parents and teachers regarding student’s progress

Crazy 8s Math Club, Duncan Elementary, Utica, MI January, 2016 – March, 2016
• Lead, facilitated and managed after-school math club for 65 students in grade
kindergarten – third grade
• Worked with students to use higher level thinking skills to explore math concepts
• Communicated with parents and school staff regarding the math club

Homework Club, Duncan Elementary, Utica, MI October, 2015 – April, 2016


• Lead, facilitated and managed after-school Homework Club for students in grade 3 – 6
• Assisted students in completing homework and explaining unknown concepts
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• Made all decisions in student instruction, parent issues and student concerns

Nanny, Holt, MI December, 2011 – August, 2015


• Supervised 3 children ages 1, 3 and 8 at all times, an average of 20 – 30 hours per week
• Created stimulating and educational games and activities for children
• Provided transportation to and from school and after-school activities
• Provided overnight and extended care to children

Special Needs Day Camp Volunteer, Okemos, MI June, 2013 – August, 2013
• Assisted campers when completing tasks related to reading and writing
• Supervised and interacted with campers while on field trips and during daily camp
activities
• Interacted with campers ages 7 and above

Trainings

• EPI Pen - August 2017


• Adult/Child/Infant CPR, First Aid – October 2017
• Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) – October 2017

Professional Development

• Utica Community Schools, eSpark Training, February, 2016


• Fountas and Pinnell Training, Duncan Elementary School, February, 2016
• Utica Community Schools, Measurement and Geometry, MISD, November, 2015
• Van Dyke Public Schools, Big Ideas Mathematics Training, Cheryl Townsend, August,
2016
• Institute for Educational Development, Best Practices in Co-Teaching, Mary McConnell,
Ph.D., November, 2016
• Macomb Intermediate School District, Balanced Assessment Practices, Series 2, January-
March, 2017
• Macomb Intermediate School District, Secondary Number Talks, March, 2017
• PESI, Improving Executive Functions, George McCloskey, Ph.D., June, 2017
• Mary Masson, Conscious Discipline, September, 2017 – May, 2018
• Oakland Schools, Getting Started with Core Vocabulary for Students with Significant
Disabilities, Dr. Karen Erickson, October, 2017
• Oakland Schools, A Teacher’s Toolkit for Effective IEP, Diane Fekete, October, 2017
• Oakland Schools, Foundations of Emergent Literacy, Colleen Meszler, Diana Fekete,
December, 2017 – May, 2018

References

Tracey Yacks
Ferndale Lower Elementary, Ferndale Public Schools, Ferndale, MI
Special Education Teacher, Instructional Lead Teacher
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Cell: (248) 761-8727


tracey.yacks@ferndaleschools.org

Lisa Williams
Current: Ferndale High School, Ferndale Public Schools, Ferndale, MI
Former: Lincoln Middle School, Van Dyke Public Schools, Warren, MI
Principal
Work: (586) 758-8320 Cell: (313) 399-0634
lisamariewms@yahoo.com

Rachelle Bierod
Lincoln Middle School, Van Dyke Public Schools, Warren, MI
Assistant Principal
Work: (586) 758-8320
bierod.rachelle@vdps.net

Jill Erfourth
Duncan Elementary, Utica Community Schools, Shelby Township, MI
Second Grade Teacher
Work: (586) 797-4626 Cell: (586) 872-2560
jill.erfourth@uticak12.org

Lorri Zieleniewski
Duncan Elementary, Utica Community Schools, Shelby Township, MI
Special Education Teacher
Work: (586) 797-4600 Cell: (586) 980-8992
lorri.zieleniewski@uticak12.org

Kathleen Rojeski
Duncan Elementary, Utica Community Schools, Shelby Township, MI
Speech and Language Pathologist
Work: (586) 797-4606
Kathleen.rojeski@uticak12.org