15 years in Special Education entering ECE
Special Education
Location: New York, NY, USA
School: Loyola Marymount University
Field of study: Special Education

15 years in Special Education entering ECE

Porscha Garner

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LA Tutors, Los Angeles, CA — Private Tutor NOV 2018 - PRESENT

● Provided test preparation, academic consultation, and private tutoring in Los Angeles.
● Specialized in SAT, ACT, ISEE, CHSPE, GRE, CBEST/CSET prep as well as academic tutoring in Math, Science, English, and History.
● Trained with a coaching methodology that encourages mentorship the student, thereby enhancing students’ self-knowledge, empowering their goal setting, and clarifying their values.
Study Smart Tutors, Los Angeles, CA — SAT/ACT Class Instructor & Exam Proctor SEPT 2018 - PRESENT

● Provided SAT and ACT classes to help underserved school districts and college access programs prepare students for high school, college, and career success.
● Participated in trainings for teachers and staff as well as workshops for families free of charge thanks to the support of partner schools and programs.
● Empowered as a competent educational leader to develop curriculum and instruct students in ways that are unique, interactive, and academically challenging.
Varsity Tutors, Los Angeles, CA — Private Tutor JUNE 2017 - PRESENT

● Connected with students both in person and online through a virtual learning platform with a powerful combination of video chat, interactive tools, and collaborative workspaces via the student's computer or mobile device.
● Assisted students in acquiring better understanding of targeted weak areas within a subject or a subject as a whole.
● Prepared weekly lesson plans to help students prepare for their courses.
● Analyzed and maintained records of student's progress to teach individual needs.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA— Resource Specialist OCT 2015 - PRESENT

● Prepared objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of the state and schools.
● Collaborated with other teachers and administrators (case management) in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school special education programs.
● Planned and conducted activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provided students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
● Administered legal Individualized Education Program meetings and resource support services in general education environments to students with disabilities.
● Supported students with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, and other Specific Learning Disabilities through the Individualized Education Program and 504 Plans.
Harvest Montessori, Atlanta, GA — After School Teacher JUNE 2013 - JAN 2014

● Caring Montessori Teacher with diverse experience planning and implementing activities to promote physical social emotional and intellectual growth of children.
● Worked at an Urban Farm School as an after school teacher helping students gather their lunch from the garden and prepare it all within the school day.
● Offered nurturing guidance as an aid to the children's natural development from 2 1/2 years old to approximately 6 years of age.
● Talents include incorporating a blend of traditional and progressive techniques into daily activities regarding music, visual arts, drama, and dance both indoors and outdoors.

Tri-Cities High School, Atlanta, GA — Special Education Math Teacher SEPT 2012- MAY 2013

● Adapted secondary school Math curriculum materials to suit students with high-functioning autism, speech impairments, and various learning disabilities and ran all pull-out testing for students with special needs.
● Ran seminar for teachers throughout the greater Fulton area on how to best implement these tailored curricula in their classrooms.
● Prepared objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of the state and schools.
Teach For America, Los Angeles, CA — Green Dot Special Education Teacher MAY 2011 - JUNE 2012

● Selected from more than 47,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach in under-resourced public schools.
● Developed and implemented lesson plans for class of middle school students with high-functioning autism, speech impairment, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.
● Differentiated activities and goals to meet each student's individual needs and abilities.
● Wrote and administered tests and evaluations adapted to the abilities of each student.
● Achieved average of 25% improvement on reading and math exams.
● Engaged in regular dialogue with parents, administrators, and various service providers to ensure student success inside and outside the classroom.
U.S. Census Bureau, Douglasville, GA — Spanish Enumerator SUMMER 2010

● Assisted the crew leader to ensure work was completed according to procedures and on schedule.
● Conducted interviews with residents in assigned areas following stringent guidelines and confidentiality laws.
● Worked entirely in non-english speaking communities, enumerating the 2010 census interview completely in Spanish.
Jumpstart Atlanta, GA — Assistant Preschool Teacher SEPT 2009 - MAY 2011

● Assisted teacher with developing a creative program suitable for preschool children at Renaissance Preschool.
● Focused on specifically on building the key skills that research shows are critical in supporting children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development in impoverished neighborhood preschools.
● Taught strategically oral language skills, book and print skills, and phonological/sound awareness skills in order to close the gaps experienced by high-need students in lower socioeconomic environments.
Exodus 3:21 Inc, Atlanta, GA — Executive Director JAN 2007-MAY 2011

● Responsible for fundraising and community outreach as well as the founding of this metro-Atlanta non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation of the city’s homeless and veteran populations.
● Provided financial management, vocational training, assisted living services, domiciles, case management, and art therapy to hundreds of Atlanta’s most high-risk citizens.
EDUCATION
Loyola Marymount University — Master of Arts in Special Education
2011 - 2012, Los Angeles, CA
The LMU|TFA Partnership program requires that candidates work full-time in a public school district while they complete requirements for a California, Preliminary Teaching Credential that aligns with their teaching assignment, and a Master of Arts degree. The Special Education program prepares candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds to work with students with exceptional needs.
Georgia State University — Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Sociology
2007 - 2011, Atlanta, GA
GPA: 3.53, Cum Laude