Special Education Tutor and Assistive Technology Specialist
Subjects:Math,Social Science,Music,Special Education,Language Arts,Computer Science,Music
About:Jennifer is a Certified Teacher who holds an AQ in Special Education and specializes in working with students using Assistive Technology. As a Technology Consultant, she has supported over 180 students in the past year, by integrating learning strategies with specialized software in the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). Jennifer empowers her students through rapport building and differentiated instruction to effectively overcome learning barriers. She has worked with students with various exceptionalities including autism, ADHD, CP, dyslexia and auditory processing disorder.
Jennifer’s expertise in leading educational technology include: Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Google Read & Write, Kurzweil 3000, WordQ/SpeakQ, Dragon Naturallyspeaking and Smart Ideas. As software designed to support cognitive processing, teaching students how to effectively integrate them with authentic practice can help achieve better communication, writing, organization, comprehension and test-taking skills.
The combination of her Ontario curriculum knowledge from K-12 and familiarity of technology in education makes Jennifer effective in targeting individual student needs to boost self-confidence and independence. Recognizing the importance of family and community involvement, she values connections with parents and teachers/administration to keep communication about student progress open.
Since 2013, Jennifer has experience working with learning and literacy engagement programs in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and independent schools. The program she specializes in is a STEM-focused integration of social justice and literacy/numeracy. In addition to working with K-8, she also teaches grade 10-12 Ontario credit courses including English, Business and Social Sciences.
Jennifer holds a B.Ed. in the primary/junior divisions from Lakehead University as well as a B. Design from Ryerson University. She was certified by the Ontario College of Teachers in 2012. In addition, she also has AQs in Music and Intermediate History.
As a world traveler, Jennifer also has experience teaching ESL in South Korea for 3 years, running sewing and tailoring workshops in Sri Lanka and was involved with a literacy engagement camp in Onigaming First Nation, near Thunder Bay. Jennifer loves learning just as much as teaching. She is inspired by travel, photography and cooking. Her personal learning pursuits include becoming Google Certified, becoming better at plant identification and making time for crafts.