KAREN L. EVANS
640 W. Sheridan Rd. Apt 505, Chicago IL 60613 · 847.275.3781 · k4evans1@gmail.com
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Objective
To obtain a full-time special education teaching position where I am able to teach using research-based strategies, differentiated instruction, and Response to Intervention to increase motivation, promote academic achievement, and challenge all learners in the least restrictive environment.

Education
Bachelor of Science in Special Education, April 2009 Cum Laude
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI
Major: Special Education: Emotional Impairments/Learning Disabled
Minors: Mathematics, Social Studies
Certification
Illinois Initial Teaching Certificate
· Learning Behavior Specialist I K-12
Michigan Provisional Certificate
· Elementary Education (ZG) K-5
· Emotional Impairment (SE) K-12
· Learning Disabilities (SM) K-12
· Math (EX) K-8
· Social Studies (RX) K-8
Teaching Experience
Wayne Thomas Elementary, North Shore School District 112, Highland Park IL
Extended Resource Program Teacher, August 2009-Present
· Provided individualized multi-sensory, research based instruction for students with special needs in grades three through five.
· Facilitated the development of self-confidence and self-advocacy skills in students through the use of age appropriate goal setting and progress update meetings with students.
· Successfully transitioned three students into a less restrictive environment following improvements made in the first year of instruction as measured by scores within or above the average range on curriculum based measurements and Measures of Academic Progress assessment, meeting or exceeding expectations on Illinois Standards Achievement Test, and positive classroom-based observations demonstrating age appropriate functional skills.
· Implemented data-driven instruction and decision making within the classroom.
· Effectively collaborated with a team of specialists including administrators, parents, educational advocates, general education teachers, speech pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, sign language interpreters, hearing consultants, tutors, an assistive technology consultant, and an adapted physical education teacher to deliver optimal services to students.
· Trained staff to complete IEP paperwork electronically including annual reviews, evaluations, functional behavior assessments, and behavior intervention plans.
Internship Teaching Experience
Winchell Elementary, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo MI
Intern Teacher, August 2008-April 2009
Kim Mansfield, 6th Grade Teacher
· Instructed and assessed 27 sixth grade students in all core subject areas using research based
strategies, posted learning objectives, differentiated instruction, and flexible grouping.
· Created a positive learning environment by investigating and implementing Power Teaching within
the classroom.
· Attended Winchell Elementary School Improvement Team meetings monthly and assisted in the
implementation of many school-wide initiatives including but not limited to the development of a
new computer lab, focus on basic math fact mastery, and promotion of positive reading attitudes.
Julie Wayman, 4-6th Grade Special Education Teacher
· Differentiated and co-taught lessons in 4th-6th grade general education classrooms requiring the
collaboration of many professionals and an in-depth understanding of the needs of each student and
their unique learning style.
· Taught Corrective Reading to a group of 4-6th grade students in need of intensive reading
intervention. Implemented specific positive behavior supports within the classroom during reading
instruction to maintain student engagement and encourage reading achievement.
· Planned and led a school-wide, month-long reading game called Undercover Reading designed to
motivate students to read. Leading such an initiative required close collaboration, communication,
and delegation of responsibilities among teachers in the school as well as the building principal.

Related Work Experience
Winchell Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Long-Term 6th Grade Substitute Teacher, April 2009-June 2009

Croyden Avenue School, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Kalamazoo MI
Teacher Assistant, August 2005-May 2008
Special Education, Severely Multiply Impaired/ Severely Cognitively Impaired
Primary School, Kudova Zdrój, Poland
Guest Teacher, July 2005
Professional Affiliations
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders 2007-2011
Council for Exceptional Children 2007-2011
International Mind, Brain, Education Society 2009-2011

Additional Proficiencies
· AIMSweb, DIBELS, EasyCBM, Intervention Central, Measures of Academic Progress, Illinois
Alternative Assessment, and Illinois Standards of Achievement Test.
· SRA Reading Mastery, SRA Corrective Reading, Rewards, 6 Minute Solutions, Read Naturally, Accelerated Reader, Reading A to Z, and Wilson Reading Program.
· SRA Spelling Mastery, SRA Expressive Writing, University of Kansas Sentence Writing, University of Kansas Paragraph Writing, and 6+1 Writing Traits
· SRA Connecting Math Concepts, SRA Distar, Accelerated Math, Hands-On Equations, Investigations, and Mastering Math Facts.