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Jennifer Akehurst

Jennifer Akehurst

Baldwin,MD

Summary

A Certified Teacher in the State of Maryland with a current Teaching Certificate who is passionate about helping students develop their own unique abilities.

Imparts a deep love or interest in various subject areas through well-planned lessons, hands-on activities, and relational connections.

Consistently earns top comments from students for fun, engaging and helpful classes.

An organized and dependable candidate who is successful at managing multiple priorities with a positive attitude. An educator with over 20 years of experience. Maintains an excellent reputation for resolving problems and improving student behavior and attitude. Reliable employee seeking a Paraeducator position. Offering outstanding communication skills and good judgment.

Enthusiastic and eager to contribute to student and team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

Overview

9
9
years of professional experience

Work History

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor in Training

Method MMA
Forest Hill , MD
2022.01 - Current
  • Assisted numerous students with warm up exercises.
  • Instructed groups of Little Ninjas with correct stance and forms for specific drills.
  • Coached multiple new students by breaking down techniques into simple moves/ steps
  • Talked with various parents before and after class to encourage both student and parent involvement.

Tutor - Special Needs Student

Susan Timko - Parent
Edgewood , MD
2021.09 - 2022.05
  • Collaborated with student to complete homework assignments, identify lagging skills and correct weaknesses.
  • Motivated students towards learning and studying to build self-confidence and reduce fear of failure.
  • Supported student with helpful reading, writing, and homework habits.
  • Provided homework assistance using specific strategies and templates.
  • Managed distance learning to positively impact student performance and attendance.

Tutor - Special Needs Student

Lorrie Rodgers
Bel Air , MD
2020.09 - 2021.05
  • Collaborated with student to complete homework assignments, identify lagging skills, and correct weaknesses.
  • Motivated student towards learning and studying to build self-confidence and reduce fear of failure.
  • Supported students with helpful study habits and test strategies.
  • Provided homework assistance using specific curriculum and materials.
  • Planned lessons for allotted time to strengthen weak subjects and build skills.
  • Provided appropriate learning materials for students.
  • Identified learning needs and implemented fun and engaging learning activities to help students advance.
  • Worked with student in home environment to provide educational support.
  • Assessed students' progress throughout tutoring sessions and adjusted instructional methods and content focus.
  • Met with students and discussed educational goals and expectations.
  • Tutored struggling students in Writing, Spelling, and Reading course materials.
  • Collaborated with parent to create tutoring sessions appropriate for student's age, learning preference and learning style.
  • Drilled student on subject matter and used flashcards and writing techniques to improve recall.
  • Developed student confidence though attentive instruction in Writing, Spelling, and Reading while applying positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Responded to after hours email and text communication to provide parent/student assistance with specific questions.
  • Coordinated parent meetings, discussing student progress and developing individualized solutions to areas of concern.
  • Maintained detailed files and tracked student learning progress.

Special Education Teacher

Harford County Public Schools
Bel Air , MD
1998.08 - 2005.04
  • Created and managed dozens of IEPs to define student learning objectives and educational strategies, in addition to applying instructional knowledge and methods to support goals.
  • Cultivated connections and strong student rapport to foster classroom engagement, in addition to recording student progress to inform parents and school administration.
  • Taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs.
  • Modified general education curriculum for special-needs students using various instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Redirected students using Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • Delivered effective and differentiated classroom instruction to range of neurodiverse students.
  • Led activities that developed students' physical, emotional and social growth.
  • Partnered with standard education teachers from across academic departments.
  • Coordinated special education students and teacher assistant schedules with master schedule.
  • Instructed students with physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • Organized instruction material, constructed bulletin boards and set up work areas.
  • Instructed students in core academic areas and specialized reading groups.
  • Worked with students with moderate to severe autism to increase life skills.
  • Designed and implemented numerous point systems to encourage positive behavior.
  • Communicated nonverbally with children to provide comfort, encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students.
  • Taught reading, language arts, and social sciences in self-contained classrooms addressing various cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities.

Education

Special Education Focus/ Counseling Focus

Master’s Equivalency
Continuing Education Courses/ Master’s Credits
06.2004

Bachelor Of Arts - Special Education

Goucher College
Towson, MD
01.1996

Skills

  • Teaching certification maintained for over 20 years.
  • Continued to learn and grow through topical coursework.
  • Home School Teacher for over 14 years.
  • Personal tutor for over 20 years.
  • Utilization and application of these skills while working part time including teaching small groups martial arts and water safety skills.

Timeline

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor in Training

Method MMA
2022.01 - Current

Tutor - Special Needs Student

Susan Timko - Parent
2021.09 - 2022.05

Tutor - Special Needs Student

Lorrie Rodgers
2020.09 - 2021.05

Special Education Teacher

Harford County Public Schools
1998.08 - 2005.04

Special Education Focus/ Counseling Focus

Master’s Equivalency

Bachelor Of Arts - Special Education

Goucher College
Jennifer Akehurst