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Melissa Smith

747 Glazier Road Chelsea, Michigan 48118

smit1786@msu.edu Cell: (810) 623-9169
Online Teaching Portfolio: melissasmithteachingportfolio.weebly.com

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Special Education Masters Program with an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Masters: Expected graduation date Summer 2016
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification Internship Program, May 2016
Masters: 12 graduate credits in Special Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, May 2015
Major: Special Education Learning Disabilities

Elementary Education grades K-5
Learning Disabilities Certified grades K-12

Teaching Experience
Hawkins Elementary School
January 2016 April 2016

Grade Level: 2nd-4th Extended Resource

Accommodated general education coursework for science and social studies

Created whole class lessons, and differentiated the lesson plans for each student
Administered behavior intervention plans for each student
Attended START Program training on Self-Management
Worked closely with Individualized Education Plan team members to execute
education plans

Hawkins Elementary School

September 2015 December 2015


Grade Level:

Created and instructed lessons in all core content areas

Observed and implemented the classroom behavior management techniques
Accepted responsibility for all planning, assessing, and instructing
Observed and assisted with parent-teacher conferences
Promoted a growth mindset by encouraging students to be in charge of their own
Attended a three day Leader in Me training
Implemented Leader in Me and the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to foster leadership skills
Planned a Leader in Me night for parents completely led by students

Melissa Smith
Lyons Elementary School
September 2014 May 2015
Level: 1st


Developed and instructed lessons in all core content areas.

Facilitated the classroom management techniques of the classroom.
Supported the class during daily activities and with general classroom management

Cape Town Mental Health Special Education Care Center

Khayelitsha Township
July 2014-August 2014 - Teaching Assistant/Volunteer
South Africa
Collected data on a student to help transition them to a general education
Overcame a language barrier to facilitate and plan activities and lessons for
the class
Coordinated daily routines for the classroom
Worked with students ages 12-18 on independent living skills and activities
Okemos High School
September 2013 December 2013
Grade Level: Special Education
Gained knowledge and experience in a high school setting
Modified course work for students on an individual basis
Assisted in escorting students through the hallways
Willow Elementary School
January 2013 May 2013
Grade Level:
Accommodated classroom activities for individual students
Guided and instructed students on an individual basis
Orchestrated the different stations throughout the classroom
Marble Elementary
East Lansing,
January 2012 May 2012
Grade Level: Special Education
Observed classroom activities and management techniques
Gained experience with assessing students at an Elementary level
Helped with classroom management, and activities

Related Teaching Experience

Daycare Assistant
Little Explorers Child Care Holt, Michigan
Fall 2012 Spring 2015
Supervised the care of twelve children under the age of three

Melissa Smith

Regulated feeding, changing, and any other necessary task

Professional Development
Leader in Me Training
START Self-Management with Maureen Ziegler
February 2016
START Literacy Topics with Maureen Ziegler
March 2016


Melissa Smith
Basia Kiehler
Hawkins Elementary School
8900 Lee Road
Brighton, Michigan
Cell: 734-306-8807
School: 810-299-3900
E-mail: kiehlerb@brightonk12.com
Amy Metts
Little Explorers Child Care
Holt, Michigan
Cell: 517-282-0825
E-mail: daveamymetts@gmail.com
Lisa Wheeler
Hawkins Elementary School
Kindergarten Teacher
8900 Lee Road
Brighton, Michigan
Cell: 313-980-1924
School: 810-299-3900
E-mail: wheelel@brightonk12.com
Brooke Johnson
Hawkins Elementary School
Extended Resource Room Teacher
8900 Lee Road
Brighton, Michigan
Cell: 269-274-5770
School: 810-299-3900
E-mail: johnsonb@brightonk12.com
Dottie Berzins
Michigan State University
Special Education/Field Instructor
Cell: 517-489-9339
E-mail: berzins@msu.edu