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Kate Zachar

1214 Cleveland St.


Baltimore, MD 21230
katemzachar@gmail.com
773-899-4485
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Special Education Teacher


Certification
Elementary/Middle Special Education
Maryland State Department of Education

(Expected May 2015)

Cross-Categorical Special Education MC-EA


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

(Expected June 2015)

Education
B.A. Visual Art, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
*Magna Cum Laude

2000-2004

M.F.A. Visual Art, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

2005-2008

M.A.T. Special Education, Towson University, Baltimore

2013-May 2015

Relevant Teaching Experience


St. Elizabeth School
Student Teacher (July 2014-May 2015)

August 2013-June 2015

Instructs students at a nonpublic Special Education school in grades 1-8


Designs, plans, and implements lessons and units with objectives aligned to Common Core State
Standards for elementary and middle school Social Studies classes
Provides modifications and accommodations to students with IEPs and a wide range of disabilities
Implements Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to students with significant behavior
needs
Utilizes ongoing informal and formal assessments to measure effectiveness of teaching and optimize
student learning, adapting instruction when needed
Integrates technology into lessons to engage learners, including use of Smart Board software, Clicker
6, and other digital content
Collaborates with the classroom instructor, other teachers, 1:1 assistants, and related services staff in
order to best support student growth and success

Teaching Assistant (August 2013-June 2014)

Supported the classroom instructors in high school Math, K-12 Art, and K-8 Social Studies classes by
preparing lesson materials and assisting students
Supported students and managed behavior plans by acting as their 1:1 assistant
Worked as a job coach with students in the community as part of their transition preparation
Acted as the classroom substitute in the absence of the primary instructor
Participated in the schools Green Team committee, which worked to make the school more
ecologically friendly and utilize less energy

Peace Corps
Deaf Education Teacher

June 2011-July 2013

Taught Creative Art and Basic Design and Technology at Savelugu School for the Deaf in Ghana, West
Africa, to 150 students per week in Primary through JHS, utilizing hands-on and learner centered
methods to improve learning
Mastered Ghanaian Sign Language
Prepared lesson plans and exams based on Ghana Education Service curriculum, and adapted those
lessons for students with multiple disabilities.
Planned and co-facilitated the Leadership Camp for the Deaf
Planned, funded, and implemented an HIV Awareness Competition which educated 85 deaf JHS
students about the dangers of HIV and how to prevent it
Planned, funded, and implemented an HIV Poster Contest and related HIV/AIDS educational sessions,
involving 85 JHS students who subsequently increased their knowledge about the risks of HIV
Represented Peace Corps Volunteers at a national HIV Project Advisory Committee meeting
Acted as a Peace Corps Volunteer Trainer for the new group of Peace Corps Ghana Trainees
Trained 12 students in Primary through JHS to compete in the National Deaf Spelling Bee
Successfully funded and established a school poultry farm to improve nutrition for 300 students

Other Related Experience


Mike Kelley Studios Inc, Los Angeles
Artists assistant

Assisted artist in sculpting, pattern finishing, mold-making with resin, and scenic/prop painting
Collaborated with a team of skilled craftsmen

Won Ju Lim, Los Angeles


Artists Assistant
UCSD Visual Arts Department, San Diego
Teaching Assistant

March 2008-May 2008


September 2005-March 2008

Taught 50 undergraduate students per week in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Conceptual Art
classes
Developed relevant lesson plans that expanded on professors lectures, including weekly art projects,
critiques, and discussion of student art work
Collaborated with professors on class content and teaching methods

Expo Design Center, Los Angeles


Customer Service Representative
UCLA Sculpture Lab, Los Angeles
Lab Assistant

May 2008-May 2011

September 2004-September 2005

September 2001-June 2004

Supervised the Sculpture Lab during evening and weekend hours


Helped undergraduate students within the UCLA Art Department with their sculpture projects
Maintained lab equipment, and helped with cleaning and general upkeep

Professional Development
Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) Conference, November
2014