Resume

Education

Anticipated Fall 2019 M.Ed. in Special Education
University of Utah, Department of Special Education

Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program Sensory Impairments: Program in Visual Impairments

Endorsements Anticipated: Severe Disabilities & Visual Impairments
2012 Ph.D. in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
Dissertation Title: Neurobehavioral endophenotype of the CGG KI mouse model of the fragile X premutation
  • Observed, analyzed, and described abnormal behaviors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Modeled abnormal behaviors observed in children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders using animal models
  • Modeled pathology associated with neurodevelopmental disorders in animal models
  • Published 27 scientific publications and chapters based on my dissertation work
2005 B.A. in Biology
University of Utah

Teaching Experience

2016-2017 Special Education Inclusion Specialist / Coordinator for Applied Academics and Diagnostic Kindergarten Self-Contained Classrooms
Granite School District
  • Member of Autism team
  • Member of Behavior team
  • Worked on the transition from Pre-K to Diagnostic/Functional/ Kindergarten
  • Worked on the transition from Diagnostic/Functional Kindergarten to first grade
  • Developed procedures to facilitate mainstream access for students in a self-contained classroom
  • Developed a pathway for students in self-contained classrooms to re-enter the general education setting
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques forK-6th-grade students across special education, self-contained unit, and general education settings
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
  • Support self-contained teachers – DK, AA with the following:
    • Understanding of correct policy and procedure
    • Support for scheduling
    • Curriculum support and referral to a specialist if needed
    • Programing
    • Data tracking
    • Assessments, progress monitoring
    • Inclusion paras for DK, AA students
    • Bi-folds of incoming/ outgoing DK, AA students
    • Behavior – FBA/ BIP support and development
      • LRE consultation – observe and assist teams
      • Tier III LRE forms
      • Consultation with the curriculum specialist
    • Review monthly student accounting
    • IEP meetings and school team meetings
2015-2016 Special Education Teacher: Cluster Special Education and Resource Teacher
Oquirrh Hills Elementary & West Valley Elementary; Granite School District
  • Developed procedures to facilitate mainstream access for students in self contained classroom
  • Developed a pathway for students in self contained classroom to re-enter the general education setting
  • Designed curriculum for 1st-6th grade students requiring special education intervention
  • Wrote and supervised IEP implementation for K-6th grade students requiring special education intervention
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques for K-6th grade students
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
2014-2015 Special Education Teacher: Life Skills/Small Group Autism
Foothill Elementary: Alpine School District
  • Designed curriculum for 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Wrote and supervised IEP implementation in a small group classroom of 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques for 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
2014 Section 504/Special Education Para-educator
Forbes Elementary: Alpine School District
  • Assist with physical and emotional maintenance and instruction of a 6th grade student with autism in the mainstream curriculum in accordance with their 504 plan
  • Assist with the implementation of the IEPs in a small group classroom of 1st-2nd grade students on the autism spectrum
2004-2014 Student Mentoring
  • Taught 10 high school juniors skills necessary to design, perform, and analyze scientific experiments as part of an 8-week summer program
  • Taught 34 undergraduate students skills necessary to design, perform, analyze, and write about their scientific work and supervised their day to day progress
  • Sixteen undergraduates and one high school student are included as authors on scientific papers (5 wrote papers as the first author)
Winter 2010 Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis
Course: Physiological Psychology Laboratory
  • Independently developed a curriculum to teach human neuroanatomy to two separate classes of undergraduate students (110 students total)
  • Guided students through a series of goat eye and brain dissection projects to look at brain structure
  • Received 96% positive reviews on my teaching evaluations.

Research Experience

2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
  • Observed and analyzed the behavior of children/adolescents with Down Syndrome
  • Based on my observations, developed behavioral tasks to directly model abnormal behaviors associated with Down Syndrome
2012 – 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher
MIND Institute
University of California, Davis Medical Center
  • Traced the hippocampus of primates from MRI from 1 week to 5 years of age using ANALYZE, ITK-SNAP, and MANGO
  • Designed an automated, open source method to automatically trace the hippocampus with minimal experimenter input using ANTS and MANGO
  • Developed methods to automate the analysis of the hippocampus in children with autism spectrum disorder using Freesurfer, ANTS, and MANGO
2007 – 2012 Graduate Student Researcher
Program in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
  • Observed, analyzed, and described the behaviors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Performed neuropathological and somatic pathological anayses on Fragile X premutation carriers, patients with Fragile X Syndrome, and Autism
  • Modeled observed behavior of children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders using animal models
  • Modeled pathology associated with neurodevelopmental disorders in animal models
  • Applied for and was awarded an HHMI translational/clinical science training grant to support a research program of my own design
1999 – 2007 Research Associate
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
  • Developed novel tasks to quantify behavior in animal models
  • Designed novel methods to disrupt the function of different brain areas in animal models
  • Formulated and tested hypotheses concerning brain function relevant to human disease in animal models
  • Applied for and was awarded a summer fellowship from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to support my research

Scientific Communication/Blogging

From PhD to Life / University Affairs (Guest Blog Post-January 2015)
Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? (Sole Contributor)
PatternSeparation.com (Regular Contributor)
F1000 Research (Guest Blog Post-March 2014)
Golden Hat Foundation (Guest Blog Post-August 2014)
We The Humanities (Guest Blog Post-April 2016)

Skills

Software

Eduation Software
MClass SchoolCity (District Trainer)
Instructure CANVAS GoalView
IEP Pro
Scientific Software
R (statistical program/language) Data Graph
GraphVis IGOR Pro
pClamp Observer XT

Curricula Trainings

 Learning Media Assessments  Early Reading Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments
 Autism Ziggurat Model
 NEXT Steps
(via University of Utah Reading Clinic)
 Early Interventions for Reading (EIR)
 Corrective Reading  Social Thinking
 Language for Learning  Phonics for Reading
 GoMath  Eureka Math
 Phonics for Reading

Behavioral Management Techniques

Safety Care v 6.0  MANDT

Service

March 1998 Eagle Scout
  • Created an 8-week curriculum designed to help disadvantaged hispanic students integrate into the Utah educational system
  • Taught disadvantaged hispanic 1st-3rd graders life skills within this curriculum
  • Invited/organized local community leaders as guest lecturers in support of this curriculum
2000-2002 Ecclesiastical Mission
  • Service mission to Northern Honduras
  • Provided general labor services on an as-needed basis to disadvantaged farmers as economic support
  • Coordinated local relief aid program after flooding due to Tropical Storm Michelle in 2002

Languages (Read / Write)

Spanish (Conversational)
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